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No power until the weekend

Thursday, 19th October, 2017 10:03am

Crews are being deployed from Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, France and the Isle of Man to help the ESB to restore power.

EDF in France flew staff into Cork yesterday and it could be the weekend by the time power is restored to parts of Cork after Storm Ophelia ripped through the country on Monday.

The ESB has advised that people check the Power Check app which reported yesterday that some parts of Carrigaline, Togher, Mayfield, Cobh, Riverstown, Kilmoney and others might not have their power back until Saturday or Sunday.

eir estimated yesterday that the number of customers without broadband, telephone and mobile service is at 85,000 with the southern half of the country the worst affected. As of yesterday, Cork had more than 30,000 customers affected.

An eir statement said: “We expect the number of customers without service will continue to reduce today as power supply issues are resolved. However, the number of individual line fault reports will rise today and over the coming days.

“Given the overhead nature of our network in rural areas, the damage is extensive and repair work will take time.”

As for water, Cork County Council says it is “closely monitoring the situation” and has activated its Drinking Water Incident Response Plan in cases where they may be concerns around water quality issues.

In terms of waste water (sewage) treatment plants, the Council said it is liaising with ESB Networks to prioritise the restoration of power to these plants and associated pumping stations.

THREE DIE

Monday’s storm claimed the lives of three in the country, including a nurse who worked in Cork.

Clare O’Neill worked with Cork ARC Cancer Support House for over a decade, in both the Cork ARC Cancer Support House in Cork city at O’Donovan Road and in establishing its new service at Friar Street in Youghal.

Ellen Joyce, Director of Services at Cork ARC Cancer Support House, said: “We are all deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our friend and colleague, Clare O’Neill. She was a wonderful nurse and a special person who will be missed by the Cork ARC Cancer Support House team, our volunteers and all the people and patients she worked with here and in Youghal. Our thoughts are with her family at this most difficult time.”

A man in Tipperary also lost his life during the storm as he tried to cut a tree which was blocking a road. He was fatally injured by one of the tree's branches and died at the scene.

Storm Ophelia claimed a third life in Dundalk when a tree fell onto a car.

DAMAGE

Although the storm has passed, the public has been asked to stay vigilant in relation to fallen trees, storm debris and possible structural damage.

It caused serious damage to roofs with the roof ripping off Douglas Community School’s sports hall.

A tweet from the school’s account said that PE class would be "alfresco” for the next while.

A stand in Turner’s Cross collapsed while at least 150 trees fell across the city including 30 at Centre Park Road.

Cork City Council’s Building Control Unit is assessing possible structural damage to buildings across the city with engineers assessing up to 30 reported cases of possible structural damage.

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