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City councillor calls for Emergency Repair Fund following storm damage

Galway Bay fm newsroom - A city councillor is calling on the government to immediately provide an Emergency Repair Fund for businesses in Galway that have been damaged by the recent storms.



Businesses in areas including the Spanish Arch, Salthill, and Flood Street suffered extensive damage during yesterday's storm.

Leisureland in Salthill will remain closed for the next few days as a result of serious flood damage- including damage to a newly-installed combined heating unit which caught fire during the flood.

Meanwhile, the ESB has restored supply to up to 300 customers across the county who were without power following yesterday's storm.

They are now dealing with a series of minor faults throughout the county.

Seapoint Promenade from Grattan Road to the Atlantaquaria re-opened to traffic this morning following a major clean-up operation in the area.

The city council is advising motorists that there are still some small areas of spot flooding along the coast road through Salthill, and Rockbarton West at the Salthill Hotel remains closed this afternoon.

West of Roundstone, ten houses in the townland of Ervellagh remain cut off after the roads were torn up by the storm.

Landowners along the Connemara coastline are this afternoon assessing the damage- walls were knocked and boats torn from their moorings.

Roads along the Connemara coast remain slippery as a result of seaweed and remaining surface water and motorists are advised to exercise caution.

It's also reported that on the island of Inis Oirr, the famous shipwreck 'The Plassy,' has been weather-damaged.

A major clean-up is continuing across the county today, with crews removing debris and pumping water from some of the worst affected areas.  

Speaking to Galway Bay fm news, Councillor Peter Keane says businesses in flood-prone areas will need a helping hand.

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