Some areas of County Waterford have been without electricity since the height of Storm Ophelia on Monday, and ESB Area Manager John Morrissey says their crews have reduced outages down to smaller rural networks.
“We have twenty lads coming in from France, arriving tonight,” he says, “nobodies gone home, everyone has travelled from England, Wales, the Irish midlands and Dundalk.”
John Morrissey says they’re hoping to have supply restored to all areas of the County before tomorrow evening.
The last week’s weather has led to the greatest disruption seen by the ESB in 35 years.
“We had a piece from the ‘News and Star’ or ‘The Munster Express’ from 1982 up in the office,” John says, “there was 34 thousand customers out. We’ve had almost 44 thousand out. This is definitely the biggest thing I’ve been involved with.”