The city of Leith, New South Wales, is facing the end of a two-week period during which it will have no electricity or heat, and that could put the region at a distinct disadvantage as temperatures rise.
The city of Perham, a tiny fishing village on the NSW north coast, was one of a number of Australian cities that had their electricity cut off on Tuesday.
The town’s generators are used by the city’s health and education departments.
Perham’s generators have been shut down, and the local council has warned residents to stay at home for the next two weeks.
“Our generators are not in service because they’re not safe to operate,” Perham Mayor Robert Smith said.
Smith says that the power cut will affect Perham’s businesses, including a hospital, and may be a problem for some residents.
“We’re not expecting any disruption to businesses in the area, but it is a serious blow for residents, particularly for those with families,” he said.
“If you live in a family where they work a lot you might find it difficult to make ends meet.”
Perriman’s residents will be without power from 6am to 8pm on Tuesday, but Smith says the town’s residents can get back on the grid later on.
Residents in the neighbouring town of Marrickville will also be without electricity, with the town council warning residents to avoid driving on Tuesday because of the risk of blackouts.
A spokeswoman for NSW Emergency Services said that they would be providing “emergency assistance” to residents in Marrickport, as well as a bus service that would run on Wednesday morning.
Emergency Services NSW is appealing for assistance in finding generators for Marrickstown residents who may be in need.