Roscommon cleans up after Hurricane Ophelia



Local politicians were quick to praise the various bodies who have been working hard in the aftermath of Hurricane Ophelia to restore power and water and clear roadways in Co. Roscommon.

  The hurricane hit Ireland on Monday causing widespread damage and the loss of three lives and while Roscommon may have escaped the brunt of the weather event, there were reports of power outages and “significant damage” across the county.

  Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy said that while Monday’s storm wasn’t as bad as first expected, local and national authorities deserved credit for a quick response.

  “Ophelia wasn’t as disastrous in some areas as we initially thought but that’s down to the fact that we were prepared and forewarned. Our sincere gratitude must go to the Met Office, Gardaí and county council staff amongst others.

  “All the services worked together to ensure this was a manageable situation. Credit must go to Roscommon County Council outdoor staff, to the ESB and Irish Water who are working hard to restore services to people as some areas in Roscommon were left without power and water and credit must go to the Civil Defence and indeed to all the emergency services for their fantastic efforts,” he said.

  Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan echoed Deputy Murphy’s sentiments on Tuesday.

  “I am aware that some emergency responders put themselves in harm’s way in order to help and protect others.

  “Well done also to the emergency crews and outdoor staff from Roscommon County Council who worked late until Monday night to clear trees and debris. By 10 pm, fallen trees had been removed from more than 60 locations and all national and regional roads were open.

  “I also want to extend my appreciation to all who were involved in the extensive clean-up operation. We certainly owe a great debt of gratitude to everyone who responded during Hurricane Ophelia right across the county.”

  Meanwhile, Irish Water and Roscommon County Council confirmed the full restoration of power at the Ballinlough-Loughglynn water treatment plant yesterday (Wednesday).

  A statement released by Irish Water yesterday said that a water tanker, which was supplied by Mayo County Council, had been stood down. The company extended its thanks to both county councils and ESB Networks.