By Rebekah O’Reilly
Galway City Council have asked Galway locals to remain vigilant to damages caused by Storm Debi in the aftermath, and to exercise caution on their journeys.
The storm, which had a Red Warning between the hours of 3am and 5am last night, blustered through the city causing damages in its path.
Car parks remain closed today in Salthill, Tofts, and the Silverstrand, whilst locals are asked to exercise extreme caution in the Ballyloughane area.
A number of traffic lights are out across the city, and again road users advised to take care in all areas affected by debris and flooding.
Galway City Council have taken to Twitter to share images of the destruction caused by the storm:
The Blackrock Diving Board is currently closed, as Storm Debi knocked its railings.
Other damage can be seen also in Salthill, with sediment strewn across pathways and roads in the local area.
Again, pedestrians and road users are asked to exercise caution on their journeys.
Outside of the city in Clarinbridge, locals are suffering from the aftermath of the storm.
One supermarket owner, Ronan Hennigan, told RTE Radio 1: ” [one of the shop assistants] was trapped in the shop. He spoke to me at 4.35am and by 4.45am the water had risen ten, 12 feet.
“It was seawater, so it was a storm surge. At that stage the wind was hurricane level, it was that bad.”
Speaking on the damages, Ronan shared that the shop has been absolutely devastated: “I would estimate the cost of the damage, I couldn’t put a figure on it but minimum half a million, €700,000, that’s how bad, it’s devastation.”
If you need assistance, or are concerned about damages in your area, please contact Galway City Council at 091 536 400.