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council services resume on Tuesday as firemen clear felled trees


Clare County Council has confirmed that all local authority services in they county will operate as normal on Tuesday following Hurricane Ophelia.

The emergency helpline has been stood down due to a significant reduction in volume of calls received.

However, the council’s out of hours emergency number (087-4169496) remains in place to deal with requests for assistance from the public in relation to fallen trees, blocked roads and other non-life threatening incidences.

Clare’s principal emergency response agencies will continue to monitor the situation this evening and overnight.

The Irish Coast Guard continue to advise the public to stay away from exposed beaches, cliffs and piers, harbours and promenades during storm conditions.

The Clare Fire and Rescue Service crews were busy clearing felled trees from national routes including at Spancilhill, Clooney, Tuamgraney and Ministers Cross.

The Ennis to Corofin road is now fully open after fire crews removed a fallen tree while the Doon road at Crusheen has reopened to traffic.

Ardclooney Bridge, Killaloe, has reopened to traffic. The lower road from Inch Bridge to Kilmaley was impassable for a period due to fallen ESB lines.

The road from Kilkee to Carrigaholt and Cross as well as the main Sixmilebridge to Cratloe roads have been cleared of felled trees.

Killaloe Fire Service crew removed felled trees on R463 at Tinerana, Killaloe.

Castlelake Water Supply, serving a large portion of southeast Clare and Shannon, is operational again.

Shannon wastewater treatment plant and pumping stations in Shannon are back up and running.

Kilrush Fire Brigade has cleared Kilmihil, Cooraclare and Cree roads of felled trees.

A tree fell down west of Clogher Cross, three miles south of Kilfenora village. Road is passable with care.

Trees also fell down on the Bushypark to Gortmore road and between Mahonburg Bridge and Inch Bridge on the low road, Kilmaley.

Due to power loss, water outages affected residents in Bunratty, Cratloe, Newmarket on Fergus and Mountshannon.

Meanwhile, following careful consideration by the National Emergency Coordination Group, the Department of Education and Skills, has decided that all schools will remain closed tomorrow

For further updates from Clare see Twitter (@clarecoco) and Clare County Council’s weather emergency website (www.clarecoconotices.ie).

 Dan Danaher

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