Storms cause huge damage and power cuts

Storm damage and flooding on the Shore Road in Dundalk

Storm damage and flooding on the Shore Road in Dundalk

As storm-force winds lashed the country on St Stephen’s night many homes in the Dundalk area were left without power and fallen trees and debris made driving hazardous the following day.

On Friday morning of last week, Louth Local Authorities received multiple calls about fallen trees, cables and walls in the Dundalk and the north Louth area.

Due to the volume of calls received, and the deteriorating weather conditions, crews were unable handle all calls for help.

The roads from Knockbridge to Louth village, Knockbridge to Blackrock, and Dundalk to Knockbridge were particulary bad because of reports of branches and debris.

ESB staff were busy r estoring supply to many houses in Dundalk over the weekend. Network crews were working round the clocksince to make the network safe and restore supply.

One-hundred-and -eighty homes were affected by power cuts in the county many in the Dundalk area.

Around the country, a total of 70,000 homes were without power on Friday morning.

By Saturday evening ESB Networks crews had power restored to most homes.

Crews also had to remove trees and branches and debris from networks, replacing medium voltage transformers, and replace broken poles and cables.

After a relatively mild few days, heavy rains are expected to return later in the week. According to Me t Eireann, today Tuesday, will be a bright day, with some sunny spells. But some heavy and possibly thundery showers, will spread from the Atlantic as the day progresses. New Year’s Day is expected to bring heavy rain while Thursday should be a cool fresh day.


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