A further meeting of Wicklow County Council’s Severe Weather Co-ordination Group was held this morning (Sunday) in order to review developments arising from the ongoing inclement weather conditions.
The Met Eireann forecast for today is:
“Mostly cloudy today with scattered outbreaks of rain. The rain will be persistent at times. Temperatures will recover to maxima of 4 to 7 degrees. Lying snow will continue to melt resulting in localized surface water flooding. Moderate northeast winds.”
Council crews are working round the clock to clear snow and grit roads in an effort to reopen all routes. However, this a slow process and it may take some time before all roads are clear and safe.
The Council has also been liaising with plant hire contractors to assist in the snow clearance operation.
The Army has been contacted and assistance requested in the clearance of roads and footpaths at particularly badly-affected locations.
Due to the scale of the snowfall and extent of drifting, the Council is requesting voluntary assistance from the public with the following:
1. Clearing snow from footpaths in front of their premises in urban areas
2. Clearing snow from roads and footpaths in housing estates
3. People with equipment such as high-power tractors with loading shovels to assist in clearing snow drifts from local roads
People who assist are requested to clear snow safely and to avoid creating any additional hazards.
Wicklow Council wishes to acknowledge and thank the general public for the tremendous assistance they have given in helping to tackle the after effects of this severe weather event. These efforts have
significantly complemented the work of the Council teams and the other emergency agencies.
The Council is concerned at the potential for flooding as a result of the thaw and consequently arrangements are being made to put contingency measures in place.
The Council’s outdoor crews, Fire Service and Civil Defence remain on standby.
Throughout Saturday and into Sunday morning, the Council’s Fire Service responded to calls for assistance at various snow-related incidents around the County, including:
· Assistance with the rescuing of a patient who was subsequently transferred to hospital by ambulance
The Council’s Civil Defence team has been operating at full capacity and has responded to many calls for assistance, including:
· Assisting Wexford Civil Defence in the transporation of two patients to St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin
· Transporting critical dialysis patients to hospital
· Supporting the efforts of the HSE in the transportation of patients to hospital
· Transportation of care workers to clients
Wicklow County Council urges the public to conserve water in order to avoid disruption in the coming days. In this regard consumers are advised not to continually run their taps
The precautionary Boil Water Notice issued by Irish Water remains in place for:
Wicklow County Council continues to operate its “Cold Weather Initiative” to provide night shelter for homeless individuals.
There is a referral protocol in place which enables clients to access the service through referral by the Five Loaves Homeless Services in Bray or through Wicklow County Council.
Please check www.wicklow.ie for information on the “Be Winter Ready” booklet.
PUBLIC SAFETY MESSAGE
· Keep Warm
· Wear good footwear
· Check RSA (Road Safety Authority) and AA Roadworks websites for safe driving tips
· Check in on vulnerable and elderly neighbours
· Motorists should avoid unnecessary journeys
· Avoid frozen lakes/ponds/rivers etc.
The Council’s Severe Weather Co-Ordination Group will continue to meet in order to assess the developing weather situation. Further communications will issue using the Council’s various communications platforms, including website, social media etc.
Urgent calls can be directed to Wicklow County Council on 0404 20100 or after 5pm on 01 2916117.