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Storm Lorenzo leaves floods, fallen trees and power cuts in its wake


Waves crash on the seafront at Lahinch, Co Clare. Picture: PA

Waves crash on the seafront at Lahinch, Co Clare. Picture: PA


Waves crash on the seafront at Lahinch, Co Clare. Picture: PA

Substantial flooding hit parts of the country and thousands of people were left without power in the aftermath of Storm Lorenzo.

The clean-up began after homes were hit by heavy rain overnight on Thursday, and fallen trees and debris blocked roads. However, most of the country avoided any major damage as the former hurricane swept across.

Co Donegal was among the worst hit by flooding and emergency crews were deployed to the southern part of the county. Donegal County Council said in a statement: "There has been substantial flooding in Bundoran, Frosses and Laghey, with the most affected area in Donegal town where a number of properties in Clareedon Drive, New Row and Brookefield Manor have been flooded.

"Donegal County Council would like to thank the local community for their assistance and support during this flooding event."

Meanwhile, ESB Networks said it had worked to restore power to more than 12,000 families and more than 3,600 remained without electricity yesterday.

A spokesperson said in a statement: "Gale force winds from Storm Lorenzo with gusts of over 100kmh over the course of the night have caused damage to the electricity network currently affecting more than 3,600 homes, farms and businesses.

"The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds.

"The counties most affected include Longford, Mayo and Galway.

"ESB Networks teams restored supply to more than 12,000 families overnight where it was safe to do so.

"Our crews were dispatched to the affected areas at first light, making the electricity network safe, assessing the damage, and restoring power as quickly and effectively as possible."

The Irish Coast Guard was advising people to be cautious in the aftermath of the storm.

One man had to be rescued from Lady's Island Lake close to Tacumshane and Broadway in Co Wexford on Thursday while kite surfing.

A spokesperson for the Irish Coast Guard said: "The kite surfer came down hard in the storm and broke his leg. Ambulance services called in the Coast Guard to rescue him and then the [air and sea] helicopter to evacuate him."

A Status Orange weather warning ended at 6am for coastal areas in the west yesterday, while the rest of the country was Status Yellow.

Irish Independent