Wexford County Council Press Release Monday 26 February 5.00pm
Wexford County Council emergency crews are continuing their preparations as a spell of highly disruptive weather approaches the east coast of Ireland. Sub-zero temperatures and significant snowfalls are forecasted from Tuesday, with significant disruption likely across the region.
This afternoon, Wexford County Council’s Emergency Management Team, consisting of senior staff from across a range of Council services, met with representatives of An Garda Siochána to oversee and finalise preparations.
Large stocks of salt and grit have been put in place at the Council’s central operational depots in Wexford and Enniscorthy for deployment across the counties road network, with priority to be given to the county’s national and regional routes. Arrangements are also in hand to supply stocks of salt in the main urban areas to deal with possible snow and ice difficulties in these areas.
The Council has at its disposal a range of specialist vehicles and equipment to deal with such weather events, including salting equipment, snowploughs, four-wheel drive vehicles etc. and will augment this as necessary through use of private contractors.
Arrangements have also been put in place to ensure those persons known to be homeless or ‘sleeping rough’ across County Wexford have access to food supplies and shelter, with additional spaces made available in homeless shelters and B&B accommodation. The Council will continue to monitor this situation on a daily basis throughout the severe weather period.
Wexford County Council strongly advises the public to heed Met Eireann’s weather warnings throughout the week, and to take the necessary action to ensure their safety and comfort. Where possible, people are asked to ensure elderly or vulnerable neighbours have adequate food supplies and sources of heating in place as the period of severe weather approaches. Further advice on preparing for and dealing with extremely cold conditions and snow is available at www.winterready.ie
Regular updates and advice from Wexford County Council will issue throughout the coming week on local radio and on the Council’s Twitter page and website [https://www.wexfordcoco.ie/alerts/severe-weather-advisory]. The public is also encouraged to register on www.Mapalerter.com, a public emergency notification system available on the Council’s website, where they can receive additional useful information by text and email.