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Authorities kept busy, thousands without power as storm cleanup underway

Authorities have been left with a major cleanup effort after one of the most significant cold fronts of the year, lashed the South West on Tuesday.

More than 4,000 properties are still without power, with some homes cut off for more than 24 hours, after a wild cold front brought down, powerlines and trees, ripped off roofs and sent debris and trampolines flying through the air.

As of Thursday, Western Power had restored power to more than 51,000 homes and businesses across the state.

About 1,500 properties remain without power in the metropolitan area across 30 locations.

Across Mandurah and Rockingham, 145 properties remain without power in Greenfields, 525 in Madora Bay, 63 in Warnbro, 53 in Cooloongup, 124 in Safety Bay and 43 in Rockingham with a restoration time estimated to be about 1pm.

Photo: Skeer Media.

Western Power said they cancelled all planned electrical operations as 50 crews work to get homes back online by Thursday night.

“From 7am today, we will have another response of fresh crews and resources after a decision was made to cancel a majority of planned works and commit these extra crews and resources to repair and reconnection work today,” Western Power said.

“We apologise for the inconvenience to those customers who had made arrangements for planned outages today and hope they will understand the reasons for this decision as we work to restore power to storm impacted customers.

“In the southwest we have crews working to restore 2,500 customers, across more than 50 pockets of outages, located mainly in the Margaret River, Vasse, Busselton, and Bunbury areas.

“With the large geographical area to cover in this region, we have once again mobilised teams from nearby depots to assist with the restoration effort today.”

Western Power weren’t the only ones kept busy, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services were also inundated with hundreds of calls for assistance.

State Emergency Service volunteers have worked non-stop since the storm hit responding to more than 500 calls for help across the state.

One of the hardest-hit areas was the Peel region as Mandurah SES received more than 60 calls for assistance.

On Wednesday, SES teams from Kalamunda and Gosnells were called in to assist Mandurah with the cleanup effort.

The crews worked well into the night, assisting with jobs including trees that fell onto homes, smashed windows, holes in roofs, and other structure damaged.

Two of the most significant jobs were located in Halls Head after a shed had its roof ripped off and a patio was sent smashing through a window.

Firefighters and police were also under the pump as they responded to pole top fires, downed powerlines, trees over the road and other hazards that the community faced.

Light showers are forecast for the rest of the week.

For more information on weather visit www.bom.gov.au and for power restoration details visit westernpower.com.au

Tex Reeks

Texas (Tex) Reeks is a video journalist and national award-winning news photographer. Reeks' dedication and commitment to local news media and telling stories has seen him build an extensive portfolio in Western Australia's news industry from a young age. Writing online stories and covering news events for Perth's mainstream media networks, Reeks, has covered and broken some of WA's biggest breaking news stories including shark attacks, police manhunts, plane crashes, major crime investigations, and major political incidents. Reek's interest and knowledge in criminology and policing results in his focus on crime and court stories.
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