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Dublin: 13 °C Friday 1 August, 2014

19,000 homes still without power after last week’s storm

ESB said they are working on connecting homes by today or tomorrow, but some customers in isolated areas will not be connected until towards the end of the week.

Fallen ESB pole.
Fallen ESB pole.
Image: ESB

THE ESB SAID that this morning there are 19,000 homes still without power.

Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast this morning, Paul Mulvaney, customer service manager with ESB Networks, said that as of last night there was 16,500 homes without electricity.

However, over night there were three more faults on the system, increasing the number of customers without power this morning.

New faults

The three new faults were in the areas, Kilmore Quay in Wexford, Cappamore in Limerick and Tralee in County Kerry.

The areas with the most customers remaining without power re now the surrounding areas of, Tralee, Dunmanway, Killarney, Fermoy, Newcastlewest, Tipperary and Enniscorthy

The ESB stated that the additional rain and wind last night will again make the task more difficult as access to fix the network continues to be very difficult.

Mulvaney said they hope they can clear the faults quickly and that they have over 3,000 staff working on the issues.

He added that the storm last week was “horrific” and caused 260,000 of their customers to loose power, about 12 pre cent of all their customers. He added that it is down to less that one per cent of their customers now who are without electricity.

Mulvaney thanked the public for their forbearance, but warned people to still exercise care if they see fallen lines, and to assume that they are live and dangerous.

“We are also asking parents, teachers and sports coaches to warn children in their care of the dangers of approaching fallen lines,” said the ESB in a statement.

He said they hope to get a lot of the homes connected either by today or tomorrow, but said that there will be some customers in isolated areas that will not be connected until towards the end of the week.

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Faults on ESB grid. (Image via ESB)

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