More than 1000 properties have lost power in North Albury and Glenroy after a car hit a power pole.
The driver fled the scene after hitting the pole on Burrows Road about 7.30am on Friday.
The pole holds a major electrical converter and has been extensively damaged.
The vehicle remains on scene with electrical workers in attendance.
Power was lost to 1634 homes but about 1000 properties are now affected.
Essential Energy expects electricity to be restored by midday.
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Albury Central Fire Brigade Station commander Nick Beattie said firefighters had used powder to render the vehicle safe.
"We avoided using any water because we knew it was going to impact the changing of the pole and the water around the base of the pole could potentially cause issues," he said.
"It looks to me like the pole is substantially damaged.
"The pole does need to be replaced.
"There's a fair bit of weight up the pole."
Firefighters set up an exclusion zone around the scene of the incident in case the pole fell.
The vehicle was a write-off.
The owner of the vehicle wrote on social media that the Mitsubishi was stolen and was uninsured.
She said she would be unable to transport her baby.
A section of Burrows Road was closed for several hours with diversions in place.
Leading station officer Beattie said there had been a small amount of smoke and heat coming from the vehicle when firefighters arrived.
The collission with the pole prevented the car from colliding with a home on the eastern side of Burrows Road.