Ballymoney ghost town

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Ballymoney ghost town thumbnailKirk Road closed by police due to a fallen pole, the road has since reopened. WK42-AM-006

BALLYMONEY returned to normal this morning (Tuesday) after the intense precautions ahead of the arrival of storm Ophelia led to the closure of shops, public facilities and schools.
Prepared for the worst, the town was eerily empty yesterday afternoon as almost every business closed its doors and sent staff home.
Though the storm wasn't as bad as anticipated, over 350 NIE customers lost power for a time across the Ballymoney area and a number of rural roads were closed due to fallen trees and a telegraph pole.
The Department For Infrastructure blocked off the Bregagh Road at the Dark Hedges with concrete bollards as a precaution.
Local MLA Mervyn Storey said: "Thankfully we escaped the worst and we can consider ourselves fortunate given that three people lost their lives in the Republic of Ireland and in this part of Northern Ireland were not stricken with that sort of tragedy.
“However we did have some challenges, NIE vans were going from job to job last night, the Kirk Road was closed due to a fallen pole, trees were down in other places."
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