Power problems persist

POWER PROBLEMS: Katherine suffered a succession of power outages a few weeks ago, caused by a overheating transformer.
POWER PROBLEMS: Katherine suffered a succession of power outages a few weeks ago, caused by a overheating transformer.

The generator brought in to solve power outages in Katherine Terrace failed yesterday leaving businesses in the main street without power. 

“There was an issue with the generator that was put in to help out during the interim while permanent repairs are being done on the transformer in town,” a Power and Water spokeswoman said. 

“I believe the long term fix is now in place.”

About 48 people were affected “yesterday morning due to the generator tripping”. Power was out for about 20 minutes from 8am. 

Power was out again yesterday evening at ANZ bank for about 15 minutes “due to possible vandalism”.

“After this the work that was planned for today was brought forward to be carried out last night. Some customers were affected while work was undertaken including street lights,” a Power and Water spokeswoman said. 

“Crews worked through the night to conduct emergency repairs and replace the transformer outside ANZ bank from 11pm last night until 6am this morning.  The outage affected 48 commercial customers

“The outage was due to safety. They could not have the power on while repairing it at the same time.”

The spokeswoman said some customers will be affected overnight again while  remaining work is completed. 

Katherine suffered a succession of power outages a few weeks ago, caused by a overheating transformer.

Businesses say even short outages means computers have to be reset each time as shops fall into darkness and air-conditioners shut down.