Telstra customers were worst affected by the outages which began on Friday afternoon and continued intermittently throughout the long weekend.
Telstra customers were worst affected by the outages which began on Friday afternoon and continued intermittently throughout the long weekend. Scottie Simmonds

Communications systems down as thousands without internet

THOUSANDS of businesses and residential homes across the Central Highlands were still without phone and Internet service Monday afternoon as authorities scrambled to repair flood-dashed communications systems.

It appears Telstra customers were worst affected by the outages which began on Friday afternoon and continued intermittently throughout the long weekend.

Service stations in Blackwater pinned 'cash only' signs to the shop windows, warning Eftpos facilities were down.

ATM's were also down across Emerald, with the exception of one in Anakie St which had a queue of about 10-people deep.

Emerald Woolworths store manager John O'Dea said the availability of the Eftpos facilities was changing by the hour as some banks services dropped out and others came back online.

He added the problem was compounded by the public holiday.

It was believed both Emerald Woolworths centres were affected.

Meanwhile, some supermarket supply trucks were either not getting through or were diverted through inland routes in the state's central west.

Both Woolworths and Coles in Emerald expect to receive fresh produce deliveries Tuesday, subject to road conditions.