Thousands of Victorians without power may be spending another night in the dark after two weather fronts wreaked havoc.
Energy supplier AusNet was scrambling to restore services to about 4600 customers on Monday morning, with most outages in Melbourne’s outer east.
That figure had fallen below 3600 on Monday afternoon.
Thursday’s wild storm killed three people and also sparked a water quality emergency across Melbourne’s northern and eastern suburbs.
There were more damaging winds late on Sunday, causing further outages.
Following the biggest storm damage to our network in nearly two decades, there are currently around 4,600 homes and businesses in Melbourne’s outer East without power. pic.twitter.com/YeH5lhwJN7
— AusNet Services (@AusNetServices) August 31, 2020
Most of those are being managed by AusNet, the power provider to the state’s east.
AusNet spokesman Steve Brown hoped most houses and businesses without power would be reconnected on Monday.
“Unfortunately for some people, it may (take) until Tuesday,” he told 3AW.
Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien said the state government needed to step in to get households back online faster.
“This is third-world stuff,” he told reporters.
“We’re asking families to have home schooling. How do you do that when the power’s not on and the kids can’t get onto the computer.”
Update 4:30pm: Lifting of the Precautionary Boil Water Advisory
Yarra Valley Water, after consultation with @VicGovDHHS and @MelbourneWater, advises customers that the Boil Water Advisory issued on 28 August 2020 is now lifted across all suburbs. 1/5
— Yarra Valley Water (@YVWater) August 30, 2020
Last week’s power cuts also meant untreated water at a dam east of Melbourne was released into the system.
That sparked a warning on Friday that about 250,000 households in almost 100 Melbourne suburbs should boil their drinking water.
There was panic-buying of water, but Yarra Valley Water lifted the advisory on Sunday.
“Water quality testing has confirmed that the water supply in the network is safe to drink,” the company says.
“It is recommended that customers flush internal taps for two minutes to draw fresh water into their internal plumbing.”