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Storm puts pressure on emergency services

CLARE County Council, An Garda Siochána, the Fire Service and Clare Civil Defence are responding to more than 150 separate weather related incidents around the county. Several thousand homes in areas right across the county are without electricity.

A truck that was overturned in windy conditions. Photograph by Arthur Ellis
A truck that was overturned in windy conditions. Photograph by Arthur Ellis

An emergency number – 1890 252 943 – has been established for members of the public to report fallen trees, blocked roads and flooding. This number will be operational until 7.30pm.

A motorist clears a fallen direction sign from a road in West Clare
A motorist clears a fallen direction sign from a road in West Clare. Photograph by Arthur Ellis

The south-east of the county is one of the worst affected areas, particularly in Killaloe and around Sixmilebridge, with fallen trees reported on most routes. The north and west of the county have also been badly affected.

Clare County Council says it expects storm conditions to abate later this evening but it is urging members of the public to avoid making any unnecessary journeys due to storm debris and traffic lights out of operation on the county’s roads.

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