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Major clean up operation to begin this morning after Storm Ophelia

A major clean-up operation will get underway across Carlow and Kilkenny this morning.

Dozens of local roads were blocked by fallen trees and powerlines yesterday as winds of up to 120 kilometres an hour were recorded locally.

Thousands of homes are still without power this morning and the ESB are warning they could remain in the dark for a number of days.

Denis Cambridge, Divisional Manager for the South told KCLR they did manage to get power back to some areas yesterday evening but it could be a slow process from now on in.

Meanwhile council crews and emergency services will be out clearing roads of fallen trees and other debris.

Some routes are still completely blocked this morning while others are passable but extreme care is needed where trees and overhead wires have come down onto the road.

In Carlow a number of water treatment plants have been affected due to the loss of power.

Ticknock, Nurney, Old Leighlin, Bilboa and Craan Kildavin are all affected and the council will work with Irish Water to arrange alternative supplies for people today.

In Kilkenny there was water outages in Inistioge and Thomastown Paulstown/Goresbridge/Gowran, Troyswood (Kilkenny City), Bennettsbridge, Graiguenamanagh,Callan, Mullinabro (supplying south Kilkenny/Ferrybank/Belview), Glenmore, Ballyragget, Clogh/Castlecomer and Clonassy.

Local primary and secondary schools remain closed for today but some colleges are re-opening.

IT Carlow and Waterford IT are both open again today.

Bus Eireann services are running and Irish Rail but with delays to be expected due to debris along the tracks.


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