Clean up starts in Limerick after worst storm in living memory

Nick Rabbitts


Nick Rabbitts

Workers inspect this fallen tree from the People's Park in Limerick city centre. Picture: Gareth Williams
NORMAL service has resumed after the worst storm in Limerick’s history.

NORMAL service has resumed after the worst storm in Limerick’s history.

Clean-up operations have swung into action across the county, following the storms which battered the area yesterday.

Gusts of up to 160kmph were reported, and roads were closed due to fallen trees, and flying debris among other things. There have been no reports of injuries overnight.

This Thursday morning, roads forced to close due to the violent weather have largely reopened after council staff worked through the night to make them passable.

But motorists are being asked to be careful, as some roads are slippery and dangerous. People are asked to report debris and fallen trees on public roads, by telephoning the emergency services at 999.

Elsewhere, households across Limerick have been left without power and a water supply.

ESB Network crews have been out since first light this morning attempting to restore supplies to homes and businesses. They are being supported by crews from Northern Ireland electricity.

Meanwhile, many schools across the county have closed, including Scoil Carmel, Croom National School and Crecora NS. With mid-term next week, many schools are set to take a decision not to reopen until afterwards.

However, the University of Limerick’s campus is now fully open, all areas have power and scheduled classes and lectures are going ahead as normal.

The Clare side of the campus was left without power for around 12 hours before electricity was restored, while the university reports there has been some structural damage to one or two buildings.

Around 60 trees were uprooted on campus.

City and County Council have reported that O’Brien Park in Clare Street, Shelbourne Park and the People’s Park will remain closed to the public all day today for safety reasons.

Shannon Airport closed for a short time yesterday afternoon, but has since reopened, but those travelling to the airport are asked to allow extra time to complete their journey.

Bus Eireann’s services in the city and national services from Colbert bus station have resumed, but are subject to delay.

Train services between Limerick and Dublin are operating as normal, but bus transfers are in place between Limerick, Ennis and Athenry due to flooding on the rail line.

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