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Friday 18 April 2014

Emergency ESB crews working today to restore power to homes

ESB staff member working in Carlow/Kilkenny on Christmas Eve

Pic: ESB
ESB staff member working in Carlow/Kilkenny on Christmas Eve Pic: ESB

ESB Network crews are continuing to work on Christmas Day to restore power to homes.

By last night, they had restored power to some 30,000 homes following damage wreaked by yesterday’s storms.

This morning, approximately 100 homes were still without power, mainly in Achill Island, Co Mayo.

The ESB said that a large transformer in that area had been irreparably damaged following a lightning strike.

While power was restored to most of the area by re-arranging the networks, an additional fault on a low number of low voltage transformers was discovered and this left a number of households without power.

This morning, ESB staff were out again in a bid to repair the faults and have full power restored.

Last night’s restoration saw ESB crews working Donegal, Cork, Clare and other counties throughout the country.

Mike Fitzgerald, manager of customer services at ESB Netowrks, apologised to customers and said they were doing all they could to restore power. “ESB Networks would like to apologise to customers who are without supply, especially on this Christmas Day morning, and thank them for their patience.

“They can be sure that today we will continue efforts to get them back and give them power for Christmas. In addition we would like to thank our Crews and staff who have been working around the clock since last Wednesday to minimise the power interruptions to customers. They are always ready for these events and have approached these challenges with the same commitment,” he said.

Separately, the ESB also thanked customers for their messages of support and tweets of thanks that were sent in to their staff and emergency crews throughout Christmas.

Customers experiencing a loss of supply are advised to check PowerCheck online at;  www.esbpowercheck.ie or download the PowerCheck app to their mobile phone to check if the fault has already been logged. ESB Networks is asking customers to report any fallen wires or emergency situations to 1850 372 999 which will be staffed 24/7.

Irish Independent

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