No major damage but Councils on alert for two more high tides

As Storm Eleanor makes her exit, there are fears of more local flooding in the region this afternoon and evening, particularly in coastal areas.

This is because of an expected combination of strong winds and high sea swells between 4pm and 7pm.


Sligo County Council says national and regional roads have now been cleared of fallen trees and debris.

But it adds that a number of local authority roads may still be blocked and motorists and other road users are asked to take extreme care.

In Sligo town, Gibraltar Road has reopened to traffic. The fire services had to be called to the scene there last night to evacuate a bus. The passengers from the Bus Eireann Bus were all taken to safety and it’s understood a rock may have blocked the road in the flood.

But this road, as well as the Mardyke on the route from Sligo to Rosses Point is likely to be closed later this afternoon, and diversions will be in place.

Met Eireann has forecast more stormy conditions, with a risk that high seas could cause coastal damage and furrther flooding.

With high tide due at 6:45pm today, motorists are urged to avoid exposed coastal roads and not, in any circumstance, to drive through a flood.

Power failure at a pumping station at Muckelty reservoir has caused a disruption to the water supply in the Coolaney, Achonry and surrounding areas of south Sligo.

It’s expected the supply will be restored later this afternoon.

A significant number of ESB customers are still without power.

More than 260 are without electicity in the Sligo, Ballytivnan and Rosses Point areas.

Eleven are without power in Gurteen area, 185 in Tubbercurry and 125 in Tourlestrane, all in South Sligo.

In Leitrim, more than 60 customers in Drumshanbo area have no electricty while in Glenties in Donegal, about 130 are affected.

About 60 customers are also without electricity in the Arigna area, near the Sligo/Leitrim/Roscommon border.

Meanwhile, the cleaup continues but it’s not over just yet.

But Sligo County Council says that there is a high at 6:45pm today and the biggest tide of the year tomorrow morning at 7am and they will be monitoring events around this tides with more coastal flooding predicted.