Water and power off – schools close early

SOME householders on Collie’s north side woke this morning to find their water was off as well as their power supply.

A burst main outside Fairview Primary School stopped the supply to between 40 and 50 premises.

One householder found the water was off as early as 4.30am.

Children were turned away from the school as soon as they arrived.

Local Water Corporation staff attended the damaged water main about 7.30am.

Regional business manager Scott Moorhead said: “The pipe had a split in it — it is not known what caused the split to occur.

“The main was repaired and operating as normal by 11am.

“The corporation estimates that between 40 and 50 services were affected.”

He apologised for any inconvenience and thanked customers for their understanding.

Amaroo and Wilson Park primary schools closed at 1pm today (Tuesday, June 12) to ensure students were home safely before forecast severe storms hit.

Collie Senior High School closed at 1.30pm.

The Collie child care centre in Forrest Street was closed today because a tree fell across an evacuation route, an employee said.

Even though it had power and water it cannot operate until the tree wasremoved.

Western Power has warned that the storms forecast for the next 36 hours may result in more power outages,.

Crews worked throughout last night (Monday) to reconnect about 40,000 customers still without power after Sunday's storm.

Despite working in wet and windy conditions, crews have managed to restore power to more than 130,000 customers since the peak of the outage, a spokesman said. However bad weather continues to make work difficult

People were urged to clear or secure any debris from around their homes, because these items can be picked up by strong wind gusts and interfere with power lines.

“Western Power’s first priority is to continue to find and attend to any safety hazards as much of the restoration work can only occur after areas have been assessed to ensure they are safe to re-energise,” the spokesman said

People were urged to stay away from any fallen power lines and to report hazards on 13 13 51.

Western Power is still asking people to report only hazards not power interruptions. “There is extensive damage to the network and making it safe is Western Power’s first priority,” he said.

“Some houses may be without power for several days and Western Power asks for people to be patient and to consider relocating to homes of family and friends that have power.”