August 3, 2021

STORM BRENDAN FALLOUT: 1,000 Wicklow homes still without power, crews battle to re-open roads

Emergency services in Wicklow have been working non-stop to restore power and re-open roads blocked by fallen trees as the aftermath of the short-lived but extremely powerful Storm Brendan.

Almost 1,000 homes across the county remain without electricity this evening as ESB Networks battle to restore.

Some 900 homes in Shilleagh, Ashford, Kilmartin, Kilcoole and Greystones are still waiting to be reconnected. In  some areas, crews have been hampered by trees falling on overhead lines.

Wicklow County Council is dealing with around a dozen reports of trees that fell as Storm Brendan hit earlier today.

Several roads were closed ascouncil crew s battled to remove fallen trees.

Many have since re-opened, although a few roads remain impassable this evening.

A fallen tree caused the closure of the Hollywood Glen Road (L8341). Council staff are currently at the scene working to remove it. Crews are also dealing with a tree that fell near the entrance of the Blainroe Golf Club on the R750.

Similar incidents occurred at Killegar Lane near Killegar Stables and on the L1048 road at Kilquade, which was blocked on both sides of the road.

In Ashford, a tree came down near the Woodpecker pub and is resting on overhead cables. People are urged to keep away from the until the council crews make it safe.

Another fallen tree brought down powerlines with it at the Meeting of the Waters on the Avoca/ Rathdrum Road. Similar incidents were reported at Slaughter Hill and outside Enniskerry.

Council staff earlier managed to remove a fallen tree that had blocked the Roundwood/Newtownmountkennedy Rd (R765).

A tree that fell on the N81 between Poulaphouca and Blessington has also since been removed.

Both Herbert Road and Cookstown Road in Bray have now reopened. However, crews remain at the entrance to Cloverhill Estate in Bray where another tree is yet to be removed.





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