A main power feeder snapped from the force of Sunday's hailstorm, creating chaotic delays on the Sunshine Motorway as crews worked to repair it. Photo: Energex
A main power feeder snapped from the force of Sunday's hailstorm, creating chaotic delays on the Sunshine Motorway as crews worked to repair it. Photo: Energex Energex

‘Snapped’ power pole causes chaotic peak-hour delays

DRIVERS are experiencing heavy delays this morning on the Sunshine Motorway as works continue on a concrete power pole that was "snapped" in yesterday's storm.

Energex said in a statement that crews were using an 80-tonne crane to replace the pole in a main feeder which was damaged by the force of the storm.

"We're hoping to have this wrapped up later this morning - please take extra care driving in this area," a representative said.

Traffic is delayed on the Sunshine Motorway this morning while works continue on a power pole that was damaged in yesterday's storm. Photo: Energex
Traffic is delayed on the Sunshine Motorway this morning while works continue on a power pole that was damaged in yesterday's storm. Photo: Energex

Drivers have reported traffic is backed up from the Bruce Highway to the Mountain Creek and Mooloolaba exits.

"Basically right back to (the) Bruce Highway is slow," a driver said.

The Energex representative said crews from as far as the Gold Coast had worked through the night with the local team to get power back for more than 20,000 customers who were affected yesterday.

"All but 350 customers were restored overnight, but that number has climbed this morning as further repairs are needed or secondary faults become apparent," the representative said.

If you street or neighbours have power but you don't, call Energex on 13 62 62.