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Hundreds of Perth Hills, Wheatbelt residents and businesses still in dark after storms last week


Hundreds of residents and businesses in WA are entering their seventh day without power, with many grappling with the financial fallout of the outage.

Tens of thousands of properties in the Goldfields, Wheatbelt and Perth Hills regions were plunged into darkness last week after transition towers and power lines were knocked down during two intense storms.

Around 950 properties in the Wheatbelt and Perth Hills regions were still experiencing outages late on Monday.

Power has been restored to all affected properties in the Goldfields.

‘I’ve never seen anything like it’

Energy Hire WA owner Leigh Redmond estimated his Mundaring business lost about $10,000 in revenue after five days without electricity.

He said while some customers came into the store to pick up generators, it was not nearly enough to make up for the lost business.

“It’s really impacted our business, to be honest,” Mr Redmond said.

“Our phone lines were down, we pretty much didn’t get the internet and stuff back until Saturday morning.”

Lee Redmond from Energy Hire WA was without phone or internet connection for days while demand for generators and chainsaws spiked. (ABC News: James Carmody)

He said many businesses in the area had been equally affected.

“Everyone’s in the same situation as us,” Mr Redmond said.



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