Saturday 19 April 2014

All homes who lost power during Storm Darwin expected to be back on grid tomorrow

Frank O'Donnell and Joe Shannon at work in a cherrypicker in Tralee. Photo: Domnick Walsh
Frank O'Donnell and Joe Shannon at work in a cherrypicker in Tralee. Photo: Domnick Walsh

All remaining homes that are still without power following last week’s Storm Darwin are expected to be back on the grid tomorrow.

ESB Networks report that only very small numbers of customers will remain without electricity this evening and all remaining faults will be cleared by tomorrow.

ESB Networks are asking any customers that may have lost power during the storm and are still without power by tomorrow evening to contact them on 1850 372 999 in case their fault has not been identified yet.

“This afternoon, we’re working to clear all faults around Fermoy, Dunmanway and Killarney, and we will be working late into the evening to clear Tralee, Tipperary and Newcastlewest. The vast majority will be cleared by tonight, but a few may spill over to tomorrow,” Paul Mulvaney, Customer Services Manager with ESB Networks said today.

 “I would like to once again thank customers who lost supply as a result of the storm for their patience and understanding as we worked to repair the damage. The support that we got from the communities we were working in really helped to keep morale up among the crews, who were working night and day in miserable conditions to restore power”.

Over the past week ESB Networks have replaced approximately 2,000 wooden poles, 500km of conductor and approximately 500 transformers in order to restore power to customers. 

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