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Steel cables tying up tree branches. showing how they are cutting into the tree may
well have contributed to one large branch breaking and taking down part of the fence at
Angas Recreation Park, Angaston.
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Dave’s family cooked what food
they could on the barbecue, but some
food was unsalvageable and had to
be thrown out.
His two daughters, Erin and
Kasey, were seeking refuge at their
friend’s houses where there was air
conditioning and working electricity.
Dave and his wife, Marianne, also
had friends that let them escape the
muggy heat for a few hours to charge
In the Knowles’ backyard, Dave
metre gum tree that had been blown
over by the wind.
The gum tree had fallen into the
next door neighbour’s yard and was
lucky to have not done more damage.
Dave admitted that while the tree
was soon to come down anyway, it
takes a strong storm to knock a tree
An issue that Dave had noticed
along Jollytown Road was that many
gum trees are located close to the
drainage ditch along the road.
This would have made it much
easier for trees to slip out of the
ground and knock out the power
Dave said that still isn’t an excuse
for how long SA Power Networks
took to get the system up and
“When we looked at the SA Power
Network website, I think it said 147
people in Lyndoch were affected.
Every time you looked, the timeline
grew,” said Dave.
The Knowles’ family watched
as the time for the power to be
reinstated kept getting pushed back
every few hours.
Marianne estimated it was 34
hours before they had everything
working again at midday on
“This is just part of the course, I
think the weather has changed and
is getting worse,” said Dave.
“We have been here since 1999.
We don’t plan to go anywhere yet,
it’s a nice area.
“That storm, it was like a
whirlwind. Of all the time I’ve been
here, I have never seen winds like
Lights out (again)
The State Liberals say the
closure of the Northern Power
station was a factor in the delay
to reconnect electricity to homes
and businesses cut off in the
latest blackouts to hit South
Parts of the Barossa were
without power for over 36 hours
after a storm hit the state at
the end of last month. Towns
including Eden Valley and
Lyndoch were the hardest hit.
At its peak, 155,000 customers
were without power across the
“I was contacted by many
residents who were out of power
for extended periods of time,” Mr
Knoll, Member for Schubert, said.
“I share their frustration at the
length of time it took for many
places to be reconnected.
“The feedback I received from
residents and businesses was
that the situation is made worse
by having to pay the highest
electricity prices for the least
reliable network in the country.
“It was disappointing to hear
cellar doors and other businesses
were unable to trade during the
busy period between Christmas
and New Year’s Eve.
“I accept that it was a storm
and respect and thank those who
were out in trying conditions
reconnecting power but the
lengthy delay isn’t acceptable
“We must look at ways to
improve the reliability of our
electricity supply and must also
urgently look at options to reduce
the cost of power.
“For those who experienced
an outage exceeding 12 hours
in duration, eligible customers
will automatically receive a
Guaranteed Service Level
(GSL) payment from SA Power
For further information on
the compensation, Mr Knoll
encourages affected residents and
businesses to visit http://www.
for 34 hours
Fallen tree branches were blocking Barossa roads and taking
out local power lines. Photo supplied by Jason Robinson.
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