6,000 homes still without electricity

6,000 homes still without electricity
ESB crews working to restore power in Kinsale during Storm Brian. Photo: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

THE ESB was working today to restore power to the remaining 6,000 homes that are still in the dark since storm Ophelia hit a week ago.

A total of 1,200 households in Macroom were without electricity on Sunday evening, with another 700 in Carrigaline, 600 in Kilbarry and several hundred in each of Youghal, Midleton, Kinsale, Bandon and Clonakilty.

Storm Brian passed over Cork without causing as much damage as initially feared but it did hamper ESB efforts to restore power to areas without electricity since Storm Ophelia a week ago.

The number of homes, farms and businesses left without power nationwide was 6,000, with the vast majority in Cork city and county.

The ESB told the Evening Echo yesterday evening: “The effort won’t stop until every last customer is reconnected”.

Just five days after the red alert for Ophelia, Cork was braced for another assault at the weekend, with a rain warning for Friday evening followed by a status orange wind warning for Saturday.

But Garda Sergeant Peter Murphy said the storm passed on Saturday without serious incident in the city centre, bar a small number of fallen trees.

“Brian and Ophelia were very different, Brian was an average winter storm. It actually went much better than expected, there were no problems in areas like Morrison’s Island and South Terrace in Cork city.

“One of the good things was people were heeding the advice and not parking there, which has been a problem in the past.

“There were a few isolated pockets with trees down but thankfully there was no injuries or damage to cars.”

There was a significant flood in the River Blackwater on Saturday night and flood barriers were erected in Mallow. The Park Road area in the town flooded on Sunday morning and remained closed for much of the day, with water receding slowly, but had a minimal effect on traffic.

Fermoy was also put on alert of possible flooding on Sunday afternoon and flood barriers were erected in lower areas but the town escaped harm.

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