South Coast bushfires: Essential Energy pleads caution near crews

Essential Energy has pleaded to the public to be cautious and slow down when driving near their crews. File image
Essential Energy has pleaded to the public to be cautious and slow down when driving near their crews. File image

Essential Energy has pleaded to the public to be cautious when driving near their crews, particularly in fire-affected areas.

Some drivers weren't adhering to changed traffic conditions, even with traffic control in place, Essential Energy's General Manager Customer and Network Services, Luke Jenner, said.

"We are asking everyone to please slow down and obey the traffic control conditions where our crews are working to ensure the safety of everyone in the area," Mr Jenner said.

More than 500 Essential Energy people were on the ground throughout the fire affected areas across the South East of NSW scoping damage, making repairs and working to restore power to properties as quickly as safety allows.

Mr Jenner said safety of crews and the public was the priority as network repairs continued.

"The safety of our teams and the community remains our key focus throughout this response," Mr Jenner said.

"The restoration work involves crews working off-road in the bush to standing poles in residential areas or on main roads."

Essential Energy also asked to be wary of hazardous trees.

"A tree may look fine, but if it's been impacted by fire, it could still fall over," Mr Jenner said.

"As such it's extremely important to mitigate hazardous trees and remove the risk of trees falling over, possibly hurting our teams, the public or falling on to powerlines causing further damage and turning the power off to customers."

It is important that members of the public also remain vigilant around trees in fire-affected areas.

"We have highly trained professionals using specialised equipment to assess and remove hazardous trees along the network, and where our crews need to gain access," Mr Jenner said.

"To date, over 5000 trees have been identified for removal to protect the network and our communities."

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