Storm Ophelia Clean Up Gets Underway

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Just under 1,300 homes and businesses in Clare have been without power overnight in the wake of Storm Ophelia.

Crews are already beginning the process of restoring supply, and hope that the majority of faults will be rectified today – issues are at their worst in the East of the county.

The storm has caused unprecedented damage to the network nationally, and nearly a quarter of a million customers are still without supply.


Some will have no power for days.

Throughout yesterday, over 10,000 properties in Ennistymon, Miltown Malbay, Kilkee, Cranny, Ennis, Rineanna, Tulla, Scariff and Killaloe were left without power and repairs began last evening.

Water supply issues are also reported throughout Ireland, many associated with power cuts at pumping and treatment stations.

Here, repairs to a burst water main will affect supply to areas between Doonbeg and Kilkee, among them Bealaha, Doonmore, Killard, Farrihy, Bansha, Corbally, Baltard and Tullaher.

Irish Water estimates that services will return from 3:00pm today – there could be reduced pressure and/or discolouration as the works continue.

The focus, though is turning to the clean up job for the damage left behind.

A number of roads were fully or partially blocked by fallen trees during the hurricane-force winds yesterday and work is ongoing in restoring full access around the county.

Senior engineer with Clare County Council Tom Tiernan says in some areas, this may take a couple of days: