Storm Ellen: Cork homes without water and power as clean-up continues 

Storm Ellen: Cork homes without water and power as clean-up continues 
Motorists contend with downed trees on the N72 just outside of Fermoy in County Cork following storm Ellen overnight which left thousands without power, flooding and multiple downed trees across the county.

UPDATED 1.00pm 

Irish Water and Cork County Council are working to restore water supply to customers in a number of areas in Cork, which have been disrupted following Storm Ellen.

Areas affected by supply disruption as a result of power outages and other issues include Freemount, Bartlemy, Moananig, Kildorrery, Glanworth, Monee, Carrigcleena, Monaparson, Macroney, Kilmurry and surrounding areas.

Irish Water says crews are working to restore supplies in these areas as quickly and as safely as possible. 

"In some areas access to treatment plants is being hampered due to fallen trees or flooding. Further updates on restoration times will be provided throughout the day and up-to-date information will be available on the Irish Water website, water.ie and on Twitter @IWCare. Our customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1850 278 278 Irish Water understands the inconvenience when a supply outage occurs and thanks customers for their patience while we work to restore normal supply to impacted customers," the utility said. 

Irish Water said it is working at this time, with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services. 

"Irish Water would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing," it added. 

Meanwhile, ESB Networks say crews have deployed across the country and have made good progress this morning to restore power to 90,000 homes, farms and businesses in the wake of Storm Ellen. 

A total of 104,000 customers remain without power and while crews will continue to work into the night to repair damaged infrastructure, it is expected that significant numbers of customers will be without power overnight, it said. 

"We thank those impacted for their forbearance and for calling us on 1800 372 999 to identify over 1,700 individual fault sites. ESB Networks teams worked through the night and crews were dispatched this morning at first light to make the electricity network safe, assess the damage, and restore power as quickly and effectively as possible. Crews from less impacted areas of the country are now mobilising to assist colleagues in repairing damage in the most impacted areas.

"The latest information on power outages and estimated restoration times is being continually updated on the PowerCheck App or www.powercheck.ie, as more information on the scale of the damage in impacted areas is assessed," a spokesperson for ESB Networks said. 

"We are advising all those impacted by outages that they should prepare to be without electricity overnight and into tomorrow, with small pockets of customers potentially without power beyond that. It is very important that any customers who use electrically powered medical devices should contact their healthcare professional to make alternative arrangements if necessary," the spokesperson added. 

UPDATED 11.55am 

Bus Éireann is now advising customers in Cork that all of its services have now resumed. 

Cork County Council says power has been restored at the Motor Tax Office and it has now opened. 

UPDATED 10.30am

The Taoiseach Micheál Martin has paid tribute to the emergency services and crews from ESB Networks who are this morning continuing the clean-up operation following Storm Ellen. 

In a post on social media, the Taoiseach said: "I would like to pay tribute to our Emergency Services who did so much last night through #StormEllen to protect communities across the country."

A number of roadways remain blocked this morning as crews try to clear fallen trees and debris.

In the county, the R-618-57 from Cannon’s Cross to the Inniscarra Bar is currently closed due to a fallen tree.

Cork County Council say tree surgeons are on the way but it will be a few hours before it is cleared. Detours are in place.

The R-627-0, R-618-57, R-626-0 and  N-72-654 are also impassable due to fallen trees.

Cork County Council's Motor Tax Office is closed this morning due to a power outage.

Cork County Council is also advising that telephone lines are currently down in Cork County Council's Carrigaline and Youghal area offices.

Cork County Council's emergency line can be reached on 021 4800048. 

Overnight Cork City Council crews attended 40 emergency call-outs relating to fallen trees and debris. 

All public parks are being inspected for damage & may open later, they said. 

Bus Éireann says services in Cork have started to return to normal with some exceptions including on the 220, 215, and 221 routes in the city. 


FROM EARLIER:

In the region of 40,000 people across Cork are without power this morning after Storm Ellen wreaked havoc across the county overnight.

Nationally, around 200,000 houses are reported to be without electricity. 

Outages are being reported in areas including Carrigaline, Ringaskiddy, Douglas, Togher, Bishopstown, Ballincollig, Macroom, Skibbereen, Rosscarbery, Midleton, Cloyne, Riverstown, Kilbarry, Fermoy, Buttevant and Kanturk.

ESB Networks says the damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds.

Crews are being dispatched this morning in the most affected areas where safe to do so, assessing the damage so that they can restore power as quickly and effectively as possible. 

In many cases, power is not due to be restored until this afternoon.

Meanwhile, emergency services and council crews are this morning dealing with reports of trees down and roads blocked across the county.

These include at:

R612 Carrigaline to Crosshaven 

R586 between Ballineen & Dunmanway 

N22 east of Lissarda N25 at Lakeview Roundabout, Midleton

R627, NE of Midleton at WestPark, blocking the road 

N71 between Clonakilty and Bandon 

R600 at Five Mile Bridge Model Farm Road 

N25 between Lakeview roundabout in Midleton & Two Mile Inn & Kilmountain Cross.

N72 west of Fermoy 

R624 at Fota 

Overnight, Cork City Council crews attended 40 emergency callouts relating to fallen trees and debris.

City Council sais fallen trees reported at around 16 locations across Cork City have been removed overnight and the roads reopened.

Crews are still working on two more locations. 

All public parks will be inspected for damage and fallen trees before being opened and as a result may open later than usual this morning. 

Traffic lights are reported to be out of action at Cork University Hospital. 

Bus Eireann say delays and diversions can be expected on all Cork city and suburban services this morning.

The Route 220 will operate to / from Carrigaline via Carrs Hill only due to road closures on Maryborough Hill.

The 05.50hrs Cork to Heuston rail service is operating with delay of around 30 minutes due to fallen trees on line and additional stops.

Cork County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team convened last night and will meet again this morning and further updates will issue when available.

They said further weather warnings are likely today.

For assistance with issues such as fallen trees, flooding and road damage, contact Cork County Council’s Emergency Out of Hours Number (021) 4800048, which will continue to be available throughout the day. 

In the city, to report a fallen tree during Storm Ellen please call Cork City Council’s Customer Service Unit on: 021 492 4000

In the event of a disruption to power supply, people are asked to contact ESB Networks at 1850 372999.

In the event of a disruption to water supply, people can contact Irish Water at 1850 278278. In the event of an emergency call 999 or 112 and request the Fire Service, Ambulance Service, Gardaí or Irish Coastguard as appropriate.

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