Thousands without power in ?worst? storm
By EMMA CORNFORD
IT WAS the worst electrical storm Country Energy workers had ever seen.
The trail of destruction left thousands of Clarence Valley residents without power as the entire lower river area -- including Maclean, Yamba, Ulmarra, and Iluka -- was blacked out after high and low voltage lines were hit by lightning or ripped down by falling trees.
Country Energy spokesman Mike Hely said last night that it was unclear when power would be restored to the area.
"We have crews coming from Coffs and Tweed and inland from Tenterfield and Guyra to help us find the faults and fix them," Mr Hely said.
"(Today) we've also got a helicopter coming out to help us find faults. A 66,000 vault line was hit several times by lightning so it will help us there too."
The State Emergency Service received more than 40 callouts throughout the Clarence Valley as a result of yesterday's storm.
Clarence/Nambucca regional deputy controller Col Thompson said Maclean bore the brunt of the damage.
"We had a call just after 5pm saying the roof had come off Ferry Park, so that was some major damage there, but a lot of it was more minor calls with leaking roofs and that kind of thing," Mr Thompson said.
"There was also a bit of hail down at Ulmarra and one lady at Maclean called because a tree had been blown over across her car while it was in her driveway. No-one was injured there."