As Hurricane Ophelia hit Ireland, its path of destruction was seen across Limerick city and county.
Preparations were underway across the region since Sunday afternoon when Met Éireann announced that Limerick had been upgraded to a Status Red weather warning ahead of the arrival of the Category 3 storm, which hit in the early hours of on Monday. The weather alert remained in force until 1am on Tuesday, October 17.
Following the decision to close all schools and colleges, many businesses also closed on Monday to ensure the safety of their employees and customers.
University Hospital Limerick cancelled all outpatient appointments, day surgeries and elective procedures.
The Council has been working tirelessly since this morning to remove fallen trees and branches and to clear other debris from the roads across the city and county.
Repairs were also underway this morning at Ballinacurra Gardens and Castleconnell to fix burst water pipes as a result.
90 percent of roads are due to be cleared by this evening – Tuesday, October 17 – with the remainder of the clean-up taking place on Wednesday and over the coming days.
The areas which were affected by fallen trees were:
Bog Road, Kildimo
Old Crescent Rugby Club, Rosbrien
Old Tipperary Road as you approach Ballysimon Road
Roxoboro Garda Station
Between the Four Elms and Morrisons Pub
Hamlet Pub on the Grange to Bruff Road
Westbound carriageway of the N21 at Adamstown Road, Croagh
Ballingoola near Loring House
White Forge, Knockaderry
Mungret, near Boland’s Cross
Old Annaholty Road
Old Cratloe Road
Wood Road, Kilfinane
Five Cross Roads outside Abington
Glabally/Lisvernan Road at Ardmore
Old School House Road, Monaleen
The Fairways, Castletroy
Rourke’ Cross, Bruree