Buildings were damaged by falling trees and debris and some roads were temporarily closed as County Kildare escaped the worst of the storm which ripped through the country last week.
Kildare County Council staff and the gardai dealt with a flood of calls in the aftermath of the storm which arrived for about a three hour period late on Wednesday afternoon.
Most of the problems were caused by uprooted trees and broken branches as well as materials likes slates loosened by the high winds.
Kildare County Council spokeswoman Annette Aspell said a much higher than average volumes calls were received at the council’s headquarters in Aras Chill Dara as well as regional offices in Naas, Athy, Clane, Kilare town. “Our staff worked until it got dark on Wednesday and Thursday and by Friday things were getting back to normal. It meant that other projects were put on hold because of the weather but these will be attended to this week,” added Ms. Aspell.
She stated that conditions on minor roads caused many of the more serious problems and the council’s overall response was monitored by KCC’s Crisis Management Team.
Naas garda sergeant Gerry Goode paid tribute to the work of local people to clear roads after trees had fallen.
“There were numerous reports of traffic accidents in the wake of the storm but there were no serious injuries. There were problems caused by uprooted trees and fallen branches, especially with telephone cables,” he said.
Sgt. Goode said it was necessary to close the road between Naas and Kilcullen (R448) for a period of four hours because of the presence of a number of fallen trees.
“A number of local peoole helped out with clearing and cutting trees and this helped greatly to reduce the delays,” he added.
The insurance industry expects to pay €48m in claims to more than 5,800 homes for weather events in December ‘13 and last month alone.
However figures for the cost of the February storms nationally or in Co. Kildare are not yet available.
More coverage of how the storm affected Kildare in this week’s Leinster Leader