Galway City Council issues warning as Storm Elsa batters the west coast 1 year ago

Galway City Council issues warning as Storm Elsa batters the west coast

Cars on the prom in Salthill were destroyed by the flooding.

Galway City Council has warned of a risk of branches falling, debris and spot flooding on all roads in the city after it was hit by inclement weather on Wednesday night.


Parts of the west coast of Ireland endured the worst conditions of Storm Elsa as fire crews had to rescue motorists that were trapped in their cars on the prom in Salthill.

High tide in the city was at around 10.10pm and coupled with onshore winds of up to 80 kilometres an hour, a large sea surge flooded Salthill, the city’s Latin Quarter, and the docks.



Galway County Council's crisis management team of GCC, Galway Fire and Rescue Service and Gardaí worked diligently throughout the night.

Galway City Council said that roads to Ballyloughane and Silver Strand beaches remain closed because of significant debris. Elsewhere, fallen branches at Browne Roundabout are being cleared - crews worked overnight clearing flooding and debris in other areas.


As of Thursday morning, two major roads remain blocked by fallen trees, at Liss, near Campbells tavern, and Grange Corrandulla. Crews will be on site at these locations on Thursday morning.

Trees have also blocked the roads at: Kilagoola, Moycullen and Ardaun, near Cong Council.

Fallen branches and other debris remain on all routes and motorists are being asked to approach with care and attention.

If you're living in Galway, any major issues relating to Storm Elsa can be reported at 091 509069.


Galway County Council is also providing updates via social media, which you can find here.

Elsewhere, Mayo County Council has said that a full assessment of any damage caused by the storm conditions will be undertaken on Thursday morning and updates will issued as appropriate.

Staff in Mayo worked late into the night clearing trees and other debris. Road users are also being advised to exercise caution.