North West escapes the brunt of Ophelia

County Councils in the region are assessing the damage of storm Ophelia last night.

While much of the region escaped the devastation seen further south, there are still homes without power and there is alot of debris on roads.

Sligo County Council says that while most of the roads have been cleared there could still be problems on some local roads and motorists are urged to be vigilant.

It has confirmed that it dealt with a number of incidents of fallen trees many of which blocked roads in the region including the N16 at Dunally as well as incidents in the Riverstown, Castlebaldwin and Ballymote areas.

Some of the fallen trees took a number of hours to clear.

Holborn Street in Sligo also had to closed to traffic for a while yesterday due to loose hoarding.

Leitrim County Council and Donegal County Councils also responded to a number of incidents as well as a result of Ophaelia and they are advising ongoing vigilance especially in the Donegal area due to the possibility of flooding in coastal areas, especially in the south and southwest of the County around high tides.

Gardai are not reporting any major obstacles on roads this morning but again are urging caution.

There are a few homes that remain without power – according to the ESB there are 42 properties without power in the Collooney area in county Sligo and there are also still some outages in the Leitrim Village and Arigna areas.

Schools remain closed today but It Sligo has confirmed that it is reopening for students.

Meanwhile around the country, The clean up after storm Ophelia could cost over a billion Euro.

Three people were killed in counties Waterford, Tipperary and Louth yesterday in winds that reached 190 km/ph.

There’ll be two major meetings to discuss the aftermath today – the national emergency coordination group meets at 10am.

While the Cabinet will consider how to spend special EU disaster funds.

Chair of the National Emergency Coordination Centre, Sean Hogan, is appealing to the public for patience:

Passengers travelling on flights from Ireland West Airport today are advised that the airport will be open and operating as normal.

Passengers are advised to contact their airlines for the latest infmation relating to their flight status.

Meanwhile Rail and Bus Services are returning to normal today with the exception of school bus services.

Irish Rail is advising people that there could be delays as efforts are made to remove debris from all routes.

Businesses will be counting their losses today as a result of the storm as most closed early if they were open at all and most areas were deserted with very few people on the streets or roads at all yesterday afternoon.