Western Power is responding to a high level of hazard and fault reports in the Wheatbelt following a thunderstorm that passed the region late yesterday (Tuesday) bringing strong winds and lightning.
Currently about 3,000 customers are affected. The most impacted towns are Cunderdin, Dowerin, Wyalkatchem, Goomalling and Meckering.
The latest front has brought down a number of trees and powerlines which, together with the flooding from ex Tropical Cyclone Joyce, is creating access issues for our crews.
We already four extra crews from metropolitan depots in the area assisting with restorations and they will remain there to help with these further efforts.
Extra resources will be deployed if required.
We are currently assessing the damage but our first priority will be to ensure all the hazards are made safe before looking to repair faults and restore network power.
Given access issues and the distance between faults, some customers could be without power until tomorrow depending on the type of damage that is affecting their network supply.
To combat the access issues we have deployed our Helicopter Aerial Fault crew to fly the lines to identify issues and relay the safest access route for our ground crews to access these locations.
We will be prioritising our works to restore network supply in areas where there are essential services, like hospital and life support customers, before other areas.
If you are a registered life support customer we recommend initiating your emergency outage plan immediately.
We would ask for your patience during restoration and if you see damage to the network or your individual service line to Make the Safe Call to Western Power on 13 13 51 and stay at least eight metres away.
Fallen trees and flooding is creating access issues for our crews.