Ice man keeps his cool despite power outages

IT WAS no cool start to work for Cool Blue Ice owner John Swan yesterday after a power outage in Taminda.

Businesses around the Plain and Lockheed street area including Anson St were affected, halting ice production for Mr Swan.

“I had no ice machines and no freezers after the power went off about 10pm,” he said.

“We had some power, but it had dropped one phase. I had no ice to bag in the morning, which changed what I was doing.”

There was no meltdown though, because, as fate would have it, Mr Swan had bagged up plenty of ice the night before, which was in the freezer and available for delivery, so no one was left out in the heat.

Mr Swan delivers around the region and said he only had one pallet left yesterday afternoon, with the ice machine working overtime to make up for lost power.

He said Essential Energy had always been good and had the power back on, after one phone call, in “no time at all”.

Essential Energy northern regional manager Ben Williams said the outage was caused by a faulty high voltage lead. 

“Crews were quick to identify a faulty high voltage lead as the cause of the power interruption,” he said. 

“Power was restored to all customers by 8.32am after crews completed the necessary repairs.”

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