Storms Isha leaves thousands of Roscommon homes without power

Storm Jocelyn slows repairs down

Thousands of householders and businesses in County Roscommon were without power for a number of days earlier this week as stormy weather severely impacted the entire country.

Storm Isha, which peaked on Sunday, was particularly severe, and was followed by Storm Jocelyn on Tuesday. While some properties in County Roscommon and adjoining counties were damaged, and there were reports of a number of fallen trees, the primary inconvenience for the public came in the form of lengthy power outages.

Storm Isha peaked on Sunday but the country also felt its brunt on Monday. Locally, thousands of homes lost power, for varying periods of time – some for a number of days.

Fire services personnel and ESB crews responded by working tirelessly – in very challenging conditions – to alleviate the fallout from the storms.

With fallen trees, debris strewn across roads and damage to buildings, Roscommon County Council crews were deployed to conduct substantial clean-up work.

On Tuesday, Storm Jocelyn struck, which added to the challenge facing repair teams. Roscommon was placed under a status yellow wind warning from 2 pm on Tuesday through to 2 am on Wednesday. Strong ‘storm force’ winds were experienced throughout County Roscommon, and in many instances road conditions were hazardous.

Some phone lines and Internet access was affected in parts of the county. Eir confirmed that it had deployed repair teams to address up to 80 faults with a view to restoring services quickly.

*On Tuesday afternoon, Uisce Éireann confirmed that it was still working to restore normal water supply to customers on the Castlerea Public Water Supply following power outages caused by Storm Isha.

The company said that power had been restored to Castlerea Water Treatment Plant, but some customers could expect to continue to experience water outages and low pressure until the network fully recharges, a process that could continue ‘up to Wednesday evening or night’.