Energy crews from the Far North joined the massive response effort to restore power in Central Queensland in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Marcia.

Among the crews were teams from Ergon Energy, with staff from Cairns, Mareeba, Atherton and Tully helping to bring power back to communities.

Customer Delivery Manager Herbert Mark Biffanti said crews were staged at Mackay and will gradually moved into various communities to restore the network and power to businesses and residents.

Immediate priorities included life-threatening situations such as fallen power lines and restoring power to key community infrastructure to help the communities get back on their feet as quickly as possible.

Crews have restored power to local hospitals, nursing homes, shopping centres and water treatment facilities.

However there remained much to do as the damage to the network from vegetation and debris was extensive with over 1800 powerlines brought down. Mr Biffanti said Far North crews have extensive experience in power restoration work following cyclones and it is great they can return the favour and help get the power back on in Central Queensland.

Michelle is a freelance journalist and editor who, as well as covering all the latest and breaking industry news, is a gun proofreader and editor who never misses a trick.

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