Lightening strike blamed for
‘power surge’

The ESB are blaming a “lightening strike” for causing a power surge which burned home appliances in a house in Corawallen.

The ESB are blaming a “lightening strike” for causing a power surge which burned home appliances in a house in Corawallen.

Cllr Caillian Ellis reported that a house in Corawallen had experienced a possible “power surge” which burned elements and electrical appliances in the house, including an electric fence in the adjoining garage.

Cllr Ellis said the ESB had replaced a transformer on the line beside the house and it was possible this action caused the power surge. Cllr Ellis told the paper the ESB had not taken any responsibility and would not pay for any damage.

The Ballinamore Municipal District Councillor has asked Leitrim County Council to investigate the incident.

Kieran O’Neill from ESB told the Leitrim Observer that, “Due to adverse weather conditions on Thursday 16th July, an outage occurred in the Crockeen area of Co. Leitrim at 10:48am. This outage was caused by a lightening strike to the electricity network which damaged a transformer subsequently causing a power surge. Crews from ESB Networks were dispatched immediately and quickly carried out repairs, including the replacement of the damaged transformer.

“The householder would not have been aware of the damage until after the power was restored. The damage was not caused by ESB Networks repairing the system but rather it was caused by the original lightening strike.”