Storm leaves local homes powerless!


Strokestown property damaged after being struck by lightning

A number of homes in Co. Roscommon were left without power on Tuesday and Wednesday following storm damage and heavy rainfall.

  Approximately 22 households and businesses in the Roscommon/Lanesboro area were still without power at 5 pm yesterday evening (Wednesday).

  Elsewhere, 38 ESB customers in the south Roscommon area were left without electricity until last night following a loss of supply on Tuesday night. Further problems were reported around Rooskey while up to 30 customers in the Mohill area were affected, according to ESB Powercheck.

  Strokestown TD Eugene Murphy praised the work of local authorities as they worked until late on Tuesday night to save homes from flooding.

  “There was widespread flooding on Tuesday night with some houses suffering substantial damage. I want to compliment Roscommon County Council who worked late Tuesday night in the Elphin/Strokestown area. I know they came to the rescue of one family in Strokestown who feared their home would be flooded,” he said.

  Deputy Murphy went on to pay tribute to the ESB who he said had been working hard in difficult conditions to restore power to affected homes in the area.

  He also called for more resources to be given to local authorities to enable them to respond to severe weather events.

  “Our weather patterns seem to be changing dramatically and local authorities need to be given more resources and power to deal with the problems this change is causing,” he said.

  Meanwhile, lightning strikes affected power supply to around two thousand properties across the country on Tuesday night.

  In Strokestown, there were reports of lightning strikes at a number of properties. Severe damage was caused to one home where lightning caused the chimney to collapse onto a vehicle parked outside. There were no reports of injuries in the incident.