Storm Eleanor – Relief Efforts

4 January 2018

Civil Defence Units along the western seaboard were placed on standby to assist communities in the aftermath of Storm Eleanor, which struck the west coast on Tuesday 2nd January.

Summary of Activities to date:

 4th January:

  • Galway – 6 members; 3 x 4WD Vehicles


On duty from 5am to assist with traffic management. Stood down at 7.45am as the flood risk abated.


3rd January:

  • Galway – 6 members; 3 x WD Vehicles

Mobilising crews from 4.30pm – 7pm to assist with traffic management and coastal monitoring. Crews will be mobilising again at 5am on Thursday 4th January to assist with the same brief.


2nd January:

  • Galway – 6 members; 3 x 4WD Vehicles 

Assisted Galway City Council from 4 am with road closures and tidal monitoring. Also provided flood relief at CD training centre at Fire Station damaged by rapid rising flood waters.

  • Kerry – 5 members; 2 x 4WD Vehicles 

Deployed sandbags throughout Tralee.

  • Waterford County – 6 members; 2X 4WD Vehicles 

Monitoring Coastal flooding during high tides.


*Civil Defence Units remain on standby to assist as required. Civil Defence has 3,500 volunteers based in every Local Authority area in the country. Civil Defence has a wide range of equipment to deal with severe weather including 88 Boats, 47 Fire Tenders, 9 Floating Pontoon Units and 130 Four Wheel Drive vehicles.