NIE Networks emergency crews have restored power to over 33,000 homes and businesses following damage caused to the electricity network by Storm Eleanor, which swept across Northern Ireland last Tuesday and Wednesday.

The high winds gusted at speeds of over 70mph, causing widespread damage with roads blocked by fallen trees and debris. The electricity network suffered storm damage with trees brought down across overhead lines, broken poles and windborne debris disrupting electricity supplies, mainly across the southern counties.
NIE Networks had been closely monitoring the weather and was able to put the company’s emergency plan into action on Tuesday.  NIE Networks emergency crews, engineers, call handlers and other staff were mobilised to assess any damage and start the repair process.

Rodney Ballentine, Duty Incident Manager at NIE Networks said:  "We had been in close contact with the Met Office in the days leading up to Storm Eleanor, and mobilised local emergency crews, engineers, and call handling staff.  

“Our local incident centres were escalated on Tuesday evening with NIE Networks engineers and emergency crews able to get on with the restoration work as soon as the storm force winds died down and it was safe to begin repairs.

“As the weather front progressed eastwards, we moved emergency crews from the west and the north to aid the repair process in the worst affected areas.  Losing electricity supplies can be an unpleasant and frustrating experience, no more welcome to NIE Networks than to our customers, which is why restoring supplies following weather damage is always a priority for us.”

If you do lose electricity supplies this winter, you can report a power cut online or call us on 03457 643 643.

For more information on how NIE Networks responds to storms and what you should do during a power cut click here.