Storm Ophelia Updates

Storm Ophelia - Update from Irish Water  - 5pm Friday 20th October

Substantial progress has been made in restoring public water supplies across the county. The areas of Monamolin and Glynn remain without water, and we are working to get temporary power supplies in place. 
 
We recognise that households who are dependent on private wells may also be without water due to continuing electricity outages, and therefore water tankers will remain in place at the following locations for an extended period.
 
• Ramsgrange (tanker)
• 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
• Glynn

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.
Visit wexfordcoco.ie, follow us on twitter @wexfordcoco and sign up to Mapalerter for regular updates.

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
  • Kilmuckridge
  • Duncannon

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:

  • Duncannon
  • Ramsgrange
  • Ballyhack
  • Arthurstown
  • Ballycullane
  • Grantstown
  • Clongeen
  • Foulksmills
  • Limited area in Kilmuckridge
  • Oulart
  • Boolavogue
  • Monamolin

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

  • Ballycullane
  • Ramsgrange
  • Clongeen
  • Bannow

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:

Coastline
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,  
•       Curracloe/Ballymurn/Screen 
•       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:

Wexford District:
•    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

Gorey District Roads Update:
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
 
New Ross District Roads Update:
R770 Ballyhack - Arthurstown Rd closed,Many Roads closed / partially blocked due to trees down. Use extreme caution. Only travel if absolutely necessary.
 
Enniscorthy District Roads Update:
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
 
Wexford District Roads Update:
Roads Closed / Blocked N25 Maldron to Whitford, R741 Nth of Castlebridge, R739 Tanners Hill, R733 Kate''s Farm Shop plus numerous County Rds Use extreme caution.
 

Monday 16 October, 2017 02:00pm

The storm is expected to reach it’s height early within the next hour and continue for some hours.
 
There have been several reports of fallen trees with some minor damage to buildings. Wexford County Council reminds the public of the continued dangers posed by the storm and advises against all unnecessary travel.
 
Urban areas are particular dangerous with the possibility of falling slates from roofs. Avoid these areas – remain indoors until the storm has passed.
Due to Health & Safety reasons, our response crews have been stood down until the height of the storm has passed, at which time work will resume in removing fallen trees debris etc from roads and footpaths. During this standby period our emergency services will continue to respond to “threat to life” incidents.
 
We remind the public that our emergency contact centre continues to operate throughout the day:
053 91 96000.
 
Incidents can also be logged on line by visiting our website wexfordcoco.ie or

 https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/3a32813627ed43828f212abed311e5b8

 
Some 20 incidents have been reported to date across the County – mostly fallen trees, some fencing, and also incidents of wires down in urban areas.
Fire services have not received calls as yet. Low levels of incidents have been reported by an Garda Siochana and HSE, who are not discharging patients until the storm passes.
 
Wexford County Council’s advice to the public remains the same - Avoid all unnecessary travel – stay indoors – secure loose items around your property – stay safe.
 
Further updates will issue throughout the afternoon from our Emergency Management Committee, which remains 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 @wexfordcoco.

 

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:

 https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/3a32813627ed43828f212abed311e5b8

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.

Contact