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13th Nov 2023

Six people rescued in Galway amidst ‘considerable damage’ caused by Storm Debi

Fiona Frawley

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Galway County Council announced a “Major Emergency Plan” earlier this morning.

At least six people are understood to have been rescued after Storm Debi swept over Galway on Monday morning, November 13.

A Status Red warning was issued to the eastern part of the county from 3am to 7am on Monday morning, with the rest of Galway covered under a Status Orange warning until being downgraded to a Yellow at around 9 am.

The southern part of Galway city was inundated with floods as huge waves were pushed inland by strong winds from Storm Debi.

The Spanish Arch area of the city was completely submerged in water, with videos on social media showing the extent of the damage to surrounding roads, car parks and footpaths.

Salthill was also adversely impacted by the storm, with flooding reported along the coast, submerging multiple car parks.

Six people rescued in Galway following Storm Debi

Speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Galway County Council chief fire officer Gerry O’Malley said there is “considerable damage” around the city and county.

“We rescued three people from premises, two from houses and one from a business,” said Officer O’Malley

“There are a lot of trees down, a lot of damage, a lot of debris on the roads. I would urge the public to be very, very careful when travelling on roads, there’s a lot of debris on the roads.”

O’Malley added that the fire service attended 10 incidents in the Oranmore, Craughwell, Clarinbridge and Ballinasloe areas, with three of the incidents related to vehicles and floods.

During the worst of the storm early on Monday morning, a total of around 15,000 were without power in Co Galway, according to the ESB.

Galway County Council announced that they have activated its “major emergency plan” this morning in response to the storm.

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