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.
6.15am update: GCC crews worked overnight clearing flooding & debris. They've been joined by additional crews since 5am to remove fallen trees incl. at Ballymoneen Rd at Portcarron.
Watch out for branches, debris & spot flooding on all roads. Be careful. More later. @emergencyIE
— Galway City Council (@GalwayCityCo) December 19, 2019
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.
Surface water flooding and wind gusts on coastal routes don't take any risks fan sa bhaile #StormElsa
— GalwayCountyCouncil (@GalwayCoCo) December 18, 2019
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.
Our #volunteers have been tasked to assist the #PrimaryResponseAgencies and Local Authorities in the #Salthill area tonight.
Stay safe and avoid coastal and quay areas.@GalwayCityCo @GalwayCoCo pic.twitter.com/ZnUbWV3DhY
— Galway_Civil_Defence (@Galway_CD) December 18, 2019
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.
A full assessment of any damage caused by the storm conditions will be undertaken this morning by Mayo County Council and updates will issued as appropriate, MCC staff worked late into the night clearing trees and other debris,road users are advised to exercise caution . pic.twitter.com/Zuu42JMOwh
— Mayo County Council (@MayoCoCo) December 19, 2019