IT distributor, Anyware Computer Accessories, has been forced to shut down its Brisbane office after severe storms damaged its fuse box.
Severe weather in Queensland has caused power outages and flash flooding, forcing businesses, highways and public transport to shut down. The Bureau of Meterology (BOM) has three issued severe weather warnings advising Queenslanders to brace for wind speeds in excess of 100km/h.
“Our Brisbane office is basically being closed for the day because we’ve had some dramas with the current very rough weather that’s been going on with the rain, and so on,” Anyware marketing manager, Steve Grant, said.
“Whilst it isn't life-threatening or anything like that, water in the fuse box is going to shut down your operations unless you’re going by candlelight. About half our staff have been sent home, but they’re still working from home so it’s still business as usual, but it’s just off-site,” he said.
Anyware plans to resume regular operations from tomorrow (May 21) onwards. Despite the disruption, Grant said that the staff were maintaining high spirits and are still taking orders.
“All the computers and phones and printers are all down, however they’ve got one land line that’s still okay and they’ve got one guy taking orders down. A lot of our customer service guys have had to go home, but our sales reps who are pretty much our bread and butter are still diverting their phones to their homes or their mobile numbers and actually all working from home,” Grant said.
According to Queensland energy provider, Energex, 12,500 homes and businesses in the Lockyer Valley and South Brisbane were without power as of 2:30pm today (May 20). The company has spent the past 24 hours restoring power to more than 25,000 homes and businesses.
Cellnet CEO, Stuart Smith, said that despite torrential rain at its Brisbane office, all operations were continuing as usual with the exception of disrupted courier services.
ICT Distribution managing director, Ben O’Leary, said that while he was personally delayed when travelling by plane this morning, there were no disruptions to operations at the company’s Queensland office.