Storm Ophelia - Update from Irish Water - 5pm Friday 20th October
• Terrerath church
• Ballycullane Daybreak car park
• Foulkesmills post office
• Clongeen school
• Bannow Community centre
• Boolavogue - church car park
• Monamolin - outside church
• Oulart -opposite church
• Kilmuckridge- Ballinlow
Storm Brian – Friday 20 October, 5pm
Wexford County Council wishes to reassure the public that all preparations are in place to deal with any adverse effects that may arise as a result of Storm Brian.
We have been in contact with National Emergency Coordination Group on Severe Weather and we will continue to monitor the progress of the storm and its path across the country tonight.
Giving wind strengths and timing, it would appear at this time that Storm Brian does not present exceptional public safety issues.
However, the storm is likely to impact on ESB work and may increase the current number of customers without power upwards again. Crews will almost certainly be stood down from work as the storm passes.
Throughout the remainder of this evening and tonight, it is vitally important that the public continue to act responsibly and remain extremely vigilant when outdoors or when travelling.
Given the possibility that roadside trees and hedges, roof tiles, slates, etc may have been weakened or dislodged as a result of Storm Ophelia, we remind the public of the continued dangers these may pose over the coming hours and days.
Stay away from coastal areas - these are likely to pose an increased risk as a result of the storm.
Listen to local Radio and national media broadcasts for further updates.
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Update from Irish Water - 7pm Thursday 19 October
Some customers may continue to experience low or intermittent pressure for a period of time as flows return to normal throughout the system. Similarly should customers notice changes in the quality of their water, such as a dirty or cloudy appearance, they are advised to run the cold tap until it runs clear.
A number of sites are being powered by generator until mains electricity supply is restored. In other sites, where the mains electricity supply has not returned or generators have not yet been sourced, alternative water supplies have been put in place.
Tankers or standpipes are currently in place at the following locations:
- Ballycullane Village
- Clongeen School
- Ramsgrange NS
- Bannow Community Centre
- Terrerath Church
- Glynn Church
- Foulkesmills Post Office
- Boolavogue Church
- Monamolin Church
- Oulart, opposite church
The locations of these alternative water supplies may change, subject to demand and as local supplies come back on line. A live tracker of tanker locations is available on the Irish Water website at https://www.water.ie/support/ophelia/
Customers can also get updates on the status of their supplies at 1850 278 278.
Irish Water thanks the local authority staff, the ESB and the volunteers from Wexford Civil Defence who have helped distribute these alternative water supplies. We also thank our customers for their patience while we work to restore normal water supplies across the county.
Irish Water / Wexford County Council -Water Supply Update - Thursday 19 October, 11.00am
Water Outages in the following areas:
- Limited area in Kilmuckridge
IBCs (Intermediate Bulk Containers) have been delivered to following locations and will be topped up throughout the day.
- Terrerath - Church
- Glynn Church - Opposite garda station
- Ballycullane - Daybreak car park
- Foulkesmills - Post office
- Clongeen - School
- Bannow - Community centre
- Boolavogue - Church car park
- Monamolin - Outside church
- Oulart - Opposite church
There are also large stationary tankers in the following villages
Update from Wexford County Council – Tuesday 17th October, 10.30am
Our Emergency Management Coordination Committee convened at 8.30 am yesterday morning and managed this event right throughout the day. Representatives of an Garda Siochana, HSE, and senior staff of the Council were in attendance.
The focus for most of yesterday was on keeping the public safe and the Committee expresses its sincere thanks to the public for their cooperation in staying indoors and staying off the roads – thereby keeping themselves safe.
Between 1.00 pm and 6.30 pm yesterday Wexford County Council logged 135 calls to our emergency contact centre at County Hall – Voxpro (our Out of Hours emergency contact line) logged a further 30 calls up to 9.00 am this morning.
At 7.00 pm yesterday evening, as the worst of the storm abated, our response crews mobilised and 140 of our staff turned their attention to the cleanup operation. 20 items of heavy equipment were used in the task of removing fallen trees. Priority was given to National Routes, followed by Regional Routes.
By midnight last night all National Roads were once again passable.
As of 9.00 am this morning all regional roads are also now clear.
Wexford and Gorey Districts expect all of the Local Roads to be passable by 6.00 pm this evening, while Enniscorthy and New Ross expect it will be tomorrow before this work is completed.
It will take to the end of this week for all minor debris to be cleared from the roads.
Figures are still coming in but the estimate now, is that well over 600 trees have blown down.
Due to the high number of electricity outages, we are experiencing some issues in relation to water supply:
We will be carrying out an assessment of the Coastline over the coming days to determine the extent of the damage caused. Recent coast protection works have helped to minimise the impact of the storm.
Buildings / Structures
Assessments will be carried out over the coming days. Some minor issues have been identified.
Some local authority housing has suffered minor damage – full assessment and repairs are currently on-going.
Monday 16 October, 2017 07:40pm
As Storm Ophelia continues to dissipate, Wexford County Council Emergency Management Committee met again this evening at 6pm to review the situation across the county.
All of the council’s emergency crews have now been mobilised and are engaged in clearing fallen trees, with priority tonight being given to the county’s national and regional road network. By midnight tonight we expect the majority of road blockages to be cleared from these roads.
Operations will resume again at first light and by close of business tomorrow we expect the majority of Wexford’s road network to be fully operational.
With widespread power cuts, a number of treatment plants, boreholes and pump stations have suffered loss of electricity, resulting in water supply reductions to some parts of the county. Customers across the county are advised to moderate their water usage in the interest of conserving supply, while Wexford County Council and ESB Networks work to restore electricity to these plants.
Throughout the remainder of this evening and tonight, it is vitally important that the public continue to act responsibly in relation to travel, and only make journeys where absolutely necessary. Hundreds of hazards remain on road network and in towns and villages all over County Wexford this evening. Hazards include fallen trees, downed wires, loose slates, damaged signage, windblown debris etc, and in the darkness these hazards will significantly increase in magnitude and risk.
Finally Wexford County Council wishes to advise the public this evening that all emergency calls to Wexford County Council should be made to our Out of Hours Emergency Number: 1890 666 777
Please remain indoors, do not take risks, stay safe.
Monday 16th October 2017, 7.30pm
Power outages in County Wexford have affected the following water supplies
New Ross Water Supply Scheme- Castlemoyle Water Treatment Plant
Outage at plant will lead to loss of supply in Bishopstown, Irishtown, Maudlins, Bawnmore, Knockavilla, Mountgarrett, Ballyanne from 18:00 this evening
Outage tomorrow morning anticipated for Hewitsland , Arnestown area.
Sow Regional-Screen Booster Outage affecting supply in the Curracloe area
South Regional-Ballycullane Booster outage affecting supply in Duncannon, Ballyhack, Arthurstown, Shielbaggan
Kilmuckridge- notification of no electricity and no water in Ballyvadden, Oulart
Monday 16th October 2017, 5.30pm
Update from Wexford County Council
Wexford County Council expects the worst effects of Storm Ophelia to have passed through County Wexford by between 6pm and 7pm this evening, at which time our emergency response crews will mobilise and carry out an assessment of the effects of the storm.
We will concentrate our initial response on the clearing of National Routes, followed by regional routes. Depending on the weather conditions and the extent of the damage, we hope to have the worst affected areas cleared by midnight tonight, at which time crews will stand down, to resume at first light tomorrow.
Tomorrow Tuesday we expect to complete the clearance of fallen trees from regional routes and also to make significant progress on clearing of the county’s local roads network.
It is vitally important that the public continue to act responsibly for the remainder of this evening and tonight in relation to travel, and only make journeys where absolutely necessary. There are hundreds of hazards on our roads network and in urban areas. These include fallen trees, downed wires, loose slates, damaged signage, windblown debris etc, and with darkness falling, these hazards will significantly increase in magnitude.
With widespread power outages, water supply in some parts of the county may be affected, particularly in the following areas:
• New Ross Town
• Ballycullane /Duncannon/ Arthurstown,
• Enniscorthy area.
Customers are advised to moderate their usage in the interest of conserving supply.
Remain indoors, do not take risks, stay safe.
Monday 16th October, 2017 5:25pm
New Ross Area
Phone reports from members of the public of trees down
• 8-10 trees down along old railway between Larkins Bridge & Secret Valley Wildlife Park – Rathurtin Clonroche
• Tree and wires down from Carrig to Bannow close to Blackhall Strand
• Tree down and cable lying on road at Misterin, Adamstown
• N25 New Bridge Road Works area – Garda Station New Ross
• White Village, New Ross
• N25 Rosbercon – after O’Hanrahan Bridge
• Ballycullane Graveyard
• Sports Field on Road to Adamstown from Foulksmills Village
• Foulksmills on road to Taghmon
Monday 16th October, 2017 5:10pm
BALLYMURN WATER INTERRUPTION
Due to the power outage in the area the water supply will be disrupted for a time after 6pm. Wexford County Council will restore this as soon as it is practical to do so.
Monday 16 October, 2017 4:35pm
ENNISCORTHY DISTRICT ROADS UPDATE
N80 Bunclody to Ballycarney partially blocked at 2 locations. N30 at Templescoby multiple trees down and partially blocked. Use extreme caution if driving
Monday 16 October, 2017 04:30pm
Fallen Trees have been reported in the following areas by members of the public:
• Duncannon Line near Kate’s Farm shop and Near Regal Lodge.
• Rathangan to Baldwinstown Road, Duncormick.
• ESB lines Milltown Road, Murrintown. – ESB informed.
• Road from Farmers Kitchen to Killane Castle
• Monamore, Crossabeg – from Wexford, through Kyle Cross
• Mulgannon – Just past Wexford Golf Club
• Newtown Court, Newtown Road
• Partially blocking road from Bloomfield estate on Clonard Road
• Hodgemills back road between Murrintown and Piercestown
• Tomcoole to Glynn – Blocking Road
• Clonard Rd, Knockcumshin near Clonard Cross
• Between Johnstown Castle and Murrintown
• Lying on wires at Castlebridge, Ballyboggan Lower
• Silverspring House, Main Kilmore Road
• Park, Wexford (old ferrycarrig rd)
• Orchard Lane, Ardcavan Wexford
• Coolcotts Court Estate, Coolcotts Lane
• Taghmon from Foulksmills
• Top of Summer Hill Road (near GAA Park)
Enniscorthy and Bunclody:
• Drumderry Bunclody
• Oylegate on Enniscorthy Road
• Old road heading towards Davidstown
• Ring road into Oulart on the Gorey side – Close to the Hurling pitch (wires down also)
• Entrance to graveyard on Bunclody Road, blocking N80
• St John’s Villas, Clone Rd Enniscorthy
• Marshalstown Main Rd between Scarawalsh roundabout and Bunclody - left turn beyond GAA pitch
• Edermine caught on ESB wire
Monday 16 October, 2017 03:40pm
R741 Ballycanew Rd Tree Down / Partially Blocked. Brickyard Hill, Courtown Tree Down / Road Partially Blocked. Use extreme caution.
R772 Clogh-Gorey Rd Tree Down / Partially Blocked, Ferns-Harrow Rd (Railway Rd) Tree Down / Partially Blocked. Numerous trees down on County Rds. Use Caution
R770 Ballyhack - Arthurstown Rd closed,Many Roads closed / partially blocked due to trees down. Use extreme caution. Only travel if absolutely necessary.
N30 at St. Johns Mills, Enniscorthy - Partially Blocked due to fallen tree. Use extreme caution. Only travel if absolutely necessary..
N80 at Bunclody Graveyard partially blocked / Tree Down, N11 at Blackstoops partially blocked / Tree Down. Numerous County Roads blocked. Use extreme caution
Monday 16 October, 2017 02:00pm
053 91 96000.
Monday 16 October, 2017 01:55pm
In addition to the telephone number for reporting all incidents and emergencies 053 91 96000, Storm Ophelia incidents in County Wexford can also be reported via the following link:
Our advice to the public remains the same - Avoid all unnecessary travel – stay indoors – stay safe.
Monday 16 October, 2017 11:00am
Wexford’s Major Emergency Management Committee met this morning to review preparations for the management of this extraordinary weather event. The Committee consists of senior staff of Wexford County Council, an Garda Siochana and the HSE.
The storm is expected to reach it’s height early this afternoon and continue for some hours.
Wexford County Council wishes to reassure the public that all preparations are in place to deal with the situation. An emergency contact centre has been established at our offices, the telephone number for reporting all incidents and emergencies is
053 91 96000.
At this time, our main concern is wind damage – widespread flooding is not anticipated, although we have prepared for same and more than 5000 sandbags are stockpiled and available if required throughout the County.
The Council has significant resources available to it to deal with this event. All our emergency staff, including fire service personnel, outdoor crews and senior staff of the Council are in place and available to deal with issues as they arise. In addition, we have at our disposal resources from the Army and Civil Defence, while the Order of Malta has also offered assistance.
The Gardai has also deployed additional resources and these will be in place throughout the day.
The public is asked to report incidents such as fallen trees, etc through our emergency phone line, which will be manned throughout the day and into the evening as required.
Our advice to the public remains the same - Avoid all unnecessary travel – stay indoors – secure loose items around your property – stay safe.
If you must travel, pay particular attention to the risk posed by fallen trees and flying debris. In the event of road closures, follow the diversion signage.
Power outages are likely. The ESB is advising the public to stay away from fallen cables that may have broken due to the high winds. ESB Emergency Services can be contacted at 1850 372 999.
Further updates will issue throughout the day from our Emergency Management Committee, who remain in place throughout the day to manage this event.
Listen to local Radio and national media broadcasts for further updates. Visit wexfordcoco.ie for updates and follow us on twitter.
Monday 16th October, 10am
Wexford County Hall is closed to the public for non-essential services with immediate effect. The 4 municipal district offices and all libraries are also closed.
Emergency Contact No: 1890 666 777
Sunday 15th October, 4pm.
As Storm Ophelia approaches Ireland, Met Eireann has confirmed that a Status Red Wind Warning applies to a number of counties, including County Wexford.
The issue of red level severe weather warnings is a comparatively rare event and implies that people take extreme care and also take appropriate action to protect themselves and/or their properties.
Wexford’s Emergency Response Services, including the Council, Gardai, the HSE and others are very experienced in dealing with adverse weather events, but we absolutely need the cooperation of the public.
Our Major Emergency Development Committee has been tasked with managing this extreme weather event and offers the following advice to the public in relation to tomorrow’s forecasted extreme weather:
- Avoid all unnecessary travel
- All Schools in County Wexford are strongly advised to remain closed
- Stay away from coastal areas
- Road users should pay particular attention to the risk posed by fallen trees and flying debris. In the event of road closures, follow the diversion signage.
- Given anticipated weather conditions, tomorrow should be a no bike day.
- Power outages are likely, with contingency planning activated by the ESB. The ESB is advising the public to stay away from fallen cables that may have broken due to the high winds. ESB Emergency Services can be contacted at 1850 372 999.
- Remove patio furniture, rubbish bins and any loose items from around buildings, which can be turned into missiles by the wind.
- If possible, check in on isolated and vulnerable neighbours today in advance of the oncoming severe weather conditions and again after the worst of the event has passed.
- Listen to local radio and national media broadcasts regarding the current weather situation.
Follow us on twitter and sign up to Mapalerter for regular updates. The advice is simple in relation to tomorrow’s forecasted storm - by being prepared, sensible and careful, everybody can stay safe.