Wicklow County Council’s Severe Weather Co-ordination Group had a meeting (by conference call) this morning (Saturday) to consider and review the response of the relevant agencies to the ongoing severe weather event.
Met Eireann has revised downwards its weather warning to “Code Level Orange.”
“Some snow this morning, widespread treacherous surfaces due to ice and lying snow. Rain will begin to spread from the south today and this will start the melting process with potential flooding.”
Conditions are and will remain very difficult and the public are advised to continue to exercise high levels of caution for their own safety in the extreme cold, accumulated snow and icy conditions underfoot.
There are variations in storm impact across the county and the public need to take account of circumstances locally before deciding to venture outdoors or undertake journeys.
Council crews are continuing 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.
Details of the Council’s road gritting programme can be accessed on www.wicklow.ie.
The N81 has been reopened but with single lane access only. However, motorists are urged
not to undertake any unnecessary journeys. Great care should be exercised in the event that a journey has to be made.
Citizens are asked to clear snow/ice from outside their homes and business premises as soon as possible after a fall of snow and to assist their neighbours where possible.
With the arrival of the impending thaw, the Council is concerned at the potential for flooding and, in this regard, contingency measures are being put in place.
The following Council services remain on standby:
- Outdoor crews
- Fire Services
- Civil Defence
The Council’s Fire Service continues to respond to calls for assistance and throughout yesterday evening and into Saturday morning dealt with a number of incidents, including:
- Assisted the Ambulance Service in mobilising their vehicles
- Attended a flooding incident in Wicklow town
The Civil Defence team is continuing to respond to calls for assistance, including:
- Transporting critical dialysis patients to hospital
- The transportation of care workers to clients
- Supporting the efforts of the HSE in the transportation of patients to hospital
The precautionary Boil Water Notice issued by Irish Water remains in place for:
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.
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.
The Council urges the public to stay away from the sea because of the danger of surging waves.
The Council also advises the public to avoid frozen lakes/ponds/rivers etc.
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
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.