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Sunday 20 April 2014

Power to be restored to 'over 99pc' of Storm Darwin-damaged homes tonight

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ESB linemen relacing a broken electricity pole at Forges Hill, Cork yest. following storms which knocked out power across the country.
Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision
ESB linemen relacing a broken electricity pole at Forges Hill, Cork following storms which knocked out power across the country. Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Power will be restored to over 99pc of the homes that were affected by last week’s Storm Darwin this evening.

The ESB Networks estimate that, by later this evening, less than 2,000 customers will remain without power.

The areas that will be cleared tonight include Cork city and surrounding areas, Waterford, Kilkenny, Portlaoise, Clonmel, Ennis, Roscrew, Enniscorthy and Limerick city and the surrounding areas.

“By tomorrow evening we expect to have power restored to the vast majority of customers, and the remaining few will be back on Friday,” said Paul Mulvaney, Customer Services Manager with ESB Networks.

“However, if necessary our crews will work through the weekend if there are still some customers without supply.

“At this stage, we are getting into small numbers, but that doesn’t reduce the urgency of the task.

“Electricity is so vital to everyday lives that it causes huge disruption to people when it’s not available,” he continued.

“We’re very conscious that many of our customers who are without power still are living in remote areas, and have to contend with other storm related damage like flooding and blocked roads, which are adding to the distress of having no power.”

Once power is restored to all customers, ESB Networks will begin a clean-up operation to put permanent solutions in place where temporary fixes were added to restore power.

The process could take several weeks and could result in temporary interruptions to power while the faults are being fixed.

The ESB have advised customers to stay away from fallen wires and overhead lines when cleaning up debris after the storm.

They are also asking customers in the above areas who do not have their power restored tonight to contact them on 1850 372 999 as their individual fault may not have been identified. 

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