Wednesday 7 December 2016

ESB warns people to steer clear of 'sagging cables' in flood-hit areas as electricity network remains live

David Kearns

Published 07/01/2016 | 13:01

ESB Networks said there was an issue of
ESB Networks said there was an issue of "power line clearance" in many flooded areas Credit: Defense forces

People living in flood hit areas are being asked to be vigilant as ESB Networks warn that submerged power lines remain live.

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The electricity provider says members of the public and emergency services should take care when moving around flooded areas in boats as “clearance under power lines may be affected”.

“Electricity wires are dangerous even at close proximity and where clearance is compromised, you should not pass under them,” a spokesperson said.

“[Our] network is designed to have ample clearance for access and egress during normal conditions. However, when areas are flooded, this clearance level may be affected.

“If you see any sagging electricity wires or wires submerged in water, please do not steer your boat over these. Do not use oars or anything else to lift or move electricity wires.”

ESB Networks said it was currently working to identify which flood areas were affected by sagging electricity lines or wires submerged in water.

Images captured by Air Corps personnel of areas flooded in Galway Credit: Defense forces
Images captured by Air Corps personnel of areas flooded in Galway Credit: Defense forces
Images captured by Air Corps personnel of areas flooded in Galway Credit: Defense forces
Images captured by Air Corps personnel of areas flooded in Galway Credit: Defense forces

Meanwhile the electricity provider is asking members of the public to contact them on 1850 372 999 if they see “poor clearance issues” in their area.

“The electricity network is live and should not be approached. 

“Anyone who sees sagging electricity lines, or wires submerged in water, is asked to avoid them, not to touch them, and to contact the ESB.”

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