Friday 9 December 2016

Storm Desmond: ESB crews working through tough conditions to restore power to thousands of homes

Published 05/12/2015 | 17:24

Members of the public brave the bad weather on Grafton Street, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Members of the public brave the bad weather on Grafton Street, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
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4/12/15 Dubliners brave the weather for a night out at O'Connell bridge in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
4/12/15 Dubliners brave the weather for a night out at O'Connell bridge in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron

ESB Networks crews are working in locations around the country in a bid to restore power to homes affected by Storm Desmond.

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Some 9,000 households have had their power restored throughout the day.

Crews have been out since the early hours of this morning dealing with a large number of faults.

However, strong gale force winds persisted throughout the day meaning other faults occurred.

Members of the public brave the bad weather on Grafton Street, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Members of the public brave the bad weather on Grafton Street, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Members of the public brave the bad weather on Grafton Street, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Members of the public brave the bad weather on Grafton Street, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

This evening, some 3,700 customers were without power.

This number included more than 2,000 homes in Castleknock and Pelletstown - however, this was fixed by 5pm.

4/12/15 Dubliners brave the weather for a night out at O'Connell bridge in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
4/12/15 Dubliners brave the weather for a night out at O'Connell bridge in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron

Other faults occurred throughout the country - affecting scores of homes at each location.

www.powercheck.ie - which is managed by ESB Networks - are providing regular updates.



Faults were also recorded in Bandon, Tuam, Foynes, Killarney and Castlebar. Some customers in Crossmolina in Mayo are without power due to flooding, due to the River Deale bursting its banks, the ESB said.

"Technicians will continue to work into the evening to deal with around 150 separate faults, while it is safe to do so. It is expected that power will be restored to most customers currently affected, later this evening.

"However, as the winds are continuing at gale force level, it is expected that there will be further damage to the electricity network with additional outages ocurring later this evening."

ESB are warning people not to approach or touch fallen wires and are urging customers to report fallen wires to 1850 372 999.

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