Hurricane Ophelia, which hit our shores on Monday, 16 October, caused extensive damage to infrastructure across the country. From a peak of 386,000 customers without power on Monday, ESB Networks had restored over 375,000 homes and businesses, or 97% of those affected, by Saturday evening. A total of 3,800 staff, including support from Northern Ireland, Great Britain and France, continued to work on the ground to reconnect the remaining 10,000 customers that were still without power, in spite of the adverse weather conditions over the weekend.
ESB Networks prioritised the restoration of power to vulnerable customers and key stakeholders including Irish Water, telecoms providers and other critical infrastructure providers. All priority sites have now had power restored.
There are still about 2,100 customers without electricity. Estimated restoration times are published on the ESB Networks website at www.esbnetworks.ie and www.powercheck.ie. Customers can also obtain these restoration times by phoning ESB Networks on 1850 372 372. ESB Networks continues to make every effort possible to restore electricity supply to these remaining customers.
There could still be potential public safety risks, due to a large number of fallen trees on power wires. It is imperative that members of the public do not attempt to clear fallen trees near power lines. ESB Networks should be contacted immediately at 1850 372 999 if anyone comes across fallen wires.
All of the remaining power outages are in rural locations.
At all times, ESB Networks crews and staff carry ID cards so members of the public should ask to see this ID if ESB Networks crews need to access property. Anyone with concerns should call 1850 373 999.