ESB Networks have estimated that there are still 10,000 homes and businesses in Ennis without power. Though crews have worked all evening and will carry on through the night, due to the large amount of network faults (over 4,000) they have told The Clare People that they will not be able to give specific times for a return to power in the county until a restoration of the high voltage network has been completed.
From 5pm this evening supply had been restored to over 45,000 customers nationwide, however, with almost 215,000 customers experiencing power outages, ESB Networks said their hope tonight is to get power back to another 15,000 homes and businesses.
From first light in the morning the restoration process will continue. Due to the scale of the damage, additional crews from other parts of the country have already been drafted in to the worst effected areas in the southwest. The most damage has been caused to the following areas –
· Bandon, 16,000
· Fermoy, 13,000
· Killarney, 11,000
· Dunmanway, 15,000
· Cork City, 6,000
· Portlaoise/Kilkenny, 13,000
· Waterford/Clonmel, 20,000
· Newcastlewest, 14,000
· Tralee, 26,000
· Thurles, 13,000
· Roscrea, 6,000
· Ennis, 10,000
· Limerick, 6,000
ESB Networks “sincerely apologies for the inconvenience this is already causing customers and they can be sure that every endeavour will be made to minimise the duration of the power outage. However due to the scale of the damage, customers should make preparations for being without supply for a number of days.”
They have asked that customers check ESB Networks Powercheck app, http://www.esbpowercheck.ie, to see if their outage has been identified and logged. On Twitter @ESBNetworks will be supplied with live up to date information as it is received. And a National Customer Contact Centre is open 24/7 to report faults at 1850 372 999.
ESB Networks is asking customers to take the following safety advice:
· ESB Networks reminds customers not to approach any broken lines or damaged poles and to keep children and animals away. Any fallen wires or emergency situations should be reported immediately to ESB Networks at 1850 372 999.
· When contacting the National Customer Care Centre, please your Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN) ready (you will find this on your electricity bill from your supplier.
· Never approach broken lines or damaged poles, and keep children and animals away – report damage to ESB Networks on 1850 372 999 and listen to recorded messages carefully
· If you are using a generator, be careful where you site it in case of carbon monoxide poisoning
· Turn off electric cookers, ovens, irons, etc. if electricity supply is lost
· Leave a light switched on so you know when power has been restored
· Take extra care if using candles, oil lamps or other naked flames
· Test smoke alarms with fresh batteries
· Ensure adequate ventilation if using gas heaters.