A further meeting of Wicklow County Council’s Severe Weather Co-ordination Group was held this morning (Monday) in order to review developments arising from the ongoing inclement weather conditions.
Met Eireann has issued a “Code Level Orange” weather warning for Wicklow.
“Deep lying snow remaining in places. A continuing potential for localised flooding due to thaw. Frost and icy conditions tonight and Tuesday morning.”
Wicklow County Council is deploying additional engineering resources, Council crews and a significant amount of extra plant and machinery, in an effort to clear snow from the worst affected areas.
Local farming community and plant hire contractors are working with Council personnel in order to clear the roads the Council has been unable to get to.
The Army is also providing two snow ploughs together with two loading shovels with drivers to support the Council and community effort.
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.
The Council wishes to sincerely thank the general public for the magnificent response to tackling the after effects of this unprecedented weather event. These efforts have significantly complemented the work of the Council teams and the other emergency agencies.
However, the Council warns that the actions of “snow tourists” are hampering the clear-up operation and in this regard it is recommended that all unnecessary journeys should be avoided.
The Council will continue to communicate with the public through social media and other communications channels as roads are re-opened.
In order to mitigate the potential for flooding as a result of the ongoing thaw, contingency measures have been put in place for the higher risk areas.
The Council wishes to highlight that water consumption has increased by 14 per cent over the last week. The public is strongly urged to conserve water in order to avoid disruption to supplies. In this regard, consumers are advised not to continually run their taps.
The Irish Water precautionary Boil Water Notice remains in place for:
The Council’s outdoor crews, Fire Service and Civil Defence remain on standby.
During Sunday, the Council’s Civil Defence team responded to a number of calls for assistance, including the transportation of a dialysis patient to hospital.
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 recycling centres in Arklow, Bray, Wicklow and Avoca remain closed today.
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.