Sunday 19 November 2017

Flood damage, lightning strikes and thousands left without power

Sisters Maugie Francis (L) and Mary Francis-O'Conghaile (R) from Woodquay, Galway attempt to go for a swim in Salthill, Galway, yesterday Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne
Sisters Maugie Francis (L) and Mary Francis-O'Conghaile (R) from Woodquay, Galway attempt to go for a swim in Salthill, Galway, yesterday Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne

A number of roads in Galway and Mayo remain impassable while thousands of homes were without electricity for most of yesterday. The road fronting on to the Promenade in Salthill was closed for a number of hours while gardai patrolled the prom in Spiddal where rocks were being thrown on to the road with the force of the winds. A number of graveyards across Galway also suffered damage.


Some of the worst flooding was experienced in Co Clare. Homes and businesses in Quilty, Liscannor and Carrigaholt were worst affected.

A small community in Kilcredaun on Loop Head in Clare was completely cut off by the storm, leaving up to six families stranded.

A prefab building, part of the Irish Coast Guard's station in Doolin, was left floating in several feet of water and only prevented from being washed away by a small boundary wall.

The centuries-old harbour pier and wall at Liscannor sustained further extensive damage while houses in the lower harbour area were flooded.


Torrential rainfall and winds gusting to 120kph caused misery across the south.

Cork city centre residents and traders were placed on flood alert for the seventh successive day.

Lightning caused power outages across parts of Cork while winds brought down trees and the rainfall combined with a storm surge left dozens of coastal areas and Cork city on high flood alert.

The worst power outages occurred in the Bandon area where lightning strikes left hundreds of homes in darkness. Lightning strikes were also reported in Mitchelstown and Youghal.

Parts of Youghal's €250,000 timber boardwalk was destroyed by giant waves and left resembling shattered matchsticks in parts.


In Waterford, authorities closed the Strand Road in Tramore after waves caused a portion of ground to collapse, resulting in a large pothole.

The council has been attempting to repair the damage; however, a five-metre swell has made it extremely difficult to repair, even during low tide.

It is now feared that, should conditions worsen, the hole could become larger and cause the sea wall to collapse.

Wexford County Council told the Irish Independent that while no significant damage had been caused to any piers or harbours, there had been localised damage and erosion to a number of beaches in the area.


A coastal road was completely closed due to "extensive damage" in Co Louth. The Ballagan road has been shut until further notice.

A spokesperson would not confirm when the road would reopen, but said that it would take "weeks" to repair.

Dublin escaped the full brunt of the storm but was on alert for damage and localised flooding. A spokesperson for Dublin City Council said sandbags remained in place in Sandymount, Clontarf and on the River Liffey boardwalk.

Irish Independent

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