A further meeting of the Wicklow County Council Severe Weather Co-ordination Group was held this morning (Wednesday) to review the current situation in relation to the clear-up operation following the recent severe weather event.
Many of the roads that up to recently have been impassable because of snow drifts have now been re-opened.
Council teams are continuing to work with local communities, including farmers, plant hire contractors as well as the Army to clear away snow and ice from the worst affected area.
Motorists are again urged to take great care as many routes have only single lane access.
The Council wishes to acknowledge the significant contribution of the Army in the clear-up operation.
Currently there are approximately 120 soldiers clearing snow and ice from footpaths in the towns/villages of Arklow, Laragh/Glendalough, Roundwood and Blessington.
This is in addition to the snow ploughs/loading shovels that have already been deployed by the Army to the worst affected areas.
The Council would be grateful for the assistance of the general public in clearing snow/ice from footpaths in front of their premises, particularly in urban areas. To date the response from the general public has been excellent and is very much appreciated.
“Snow Tourists”, who are hampering the clear-up operation, are urged to stay away from the worst affected areas and to avoid unnecessary journeys.
The Council will continue to communicate with the public through social media and other communications channels as roads are re-opened. Please visit www.wicklow.ie for access to an online road condition map.
The Council has put in place contingency measures in the higher risk areas to mitigate the potential for flooding arising from the ongoing thaw.
In order to avoid disruption to supplies, the public is urged to conserve water. In this regard consumers are advised not to continually run their taps. Night-time water restrictions may be applied by Irish Water over the coming days.
The precautionary Boil Water Notice issued by Irish Water remains in place for Aughrim/Annacurra.
The Bray recycling centre remains closed due to roof damage.
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.