@WexfordCoCo Severe Weather update: Thurs 9pm – Stay Indoors, Stay Safe

Council Road Salting priority map:

https://www.wexfordcoco.ie/sites/default/files/content/Roads/Service-Plan-Map-2.pdf

9pm Thursday…

Snowing steadily in most parts of Wexford.

N11, N25 and N30 remain passable – all other routes extremely hazardous

Avoid all unnecessary travel until Red weather warning expires

Stay Indoors – Stay Safe

New Ross Municipal District, Thurs. 6pm

As the weather has now deteriorated, all outdoor staff have been stood down.

The conditions are expected to worsen from now through the night.

It will not be possible for outdoor staff to respond to calls during the night for their own safety.

The situation will be reviewed early in the morning and action taken accordingly.

All outdoor crews will be extremely busy tomorrow and will be dealing with snow clearance on a priority basis [see salting map].

All emergency calls must be through 053 91 96000 tomorrow. All medical issues will be dealt with by HSE/999.

Council reviews arrangements to maintain Critical Services as Storm Emma blows in (Thurs. 12 noon)

Wexford County Council Press Release Thursday 1st March 12 Noon

This morning Thursday 1st March, Wexford County Council stepped up plans to deal with Storm Emma, when the Council’s Crisis Management Team met again to review and finalise arrangements.

Senior Council staff together with representatives of An Garda Siochána, the HSE and Department of Defence reviewed plans to manage essential operations across County Wexford, including maintenance of the county’s road network, continuation of water supplies and management of emergency services.

With a Red Weather warning in force across the entire country, the Council has closed all its public offices and libraries and has established a call centre at its Wexford headquarters TEL 053 91 96000 – to take emergency calls onlyfrom the public during the extreme weather event. Already this morning the Call Centre has taken 65 calls in the period 9.00am to 12.00 noon.

The Council’s fleet of specialist vehicles and equipment for dealing with snow and ice has been fully mobilised with the salting of national and most regional routes receiving priority. Salt stocks have been replenished in recent days and Council stores are currently operating from full capacity. The Council’s six salting trucks are working 12 hour shifts to keep these priority routes open.

Wexford Civil Defence has mobilised crews and four wheel-drive vehicles in each of the four main towns to help provide emergency cover. In addition, the Defence Forces have assigned additional resources to help deal with the extreme weather event, with several dozen personnel on standby, to be deployed across the region as required.

The Council has also taken the prudent decision to mobilise its Fire Service, with full crews on standby at each of the Council’s five fire stations to deal with any emergency that may arise during the period of this event.

The Council’s temporary 24 Emergency Homeless Shelter at the Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy is fully operational – it is currently catering for six adult males. Arrangements are in place to ensure that any persons who present as homeless in the coming hours and days will be safely transported to the Presentation Centre where shelter and food will be available to them.

Wexford County Council continues to advise the public to heed Met Eireann’s weather warnings and to stay indoors over the next 24/36 hours. This is an extreme and life-threatening weather event and there is no room for complacency. Stay Indoors – Stay Safe.

Further advice on preparing for and dealing with extremely cold conditions and snow is available at www.winterready.ie . Tune in to local radio and follow updates from Wexford County Council on wexfordcoco.ie, on our Twitter page and on MapAlerter.com .

ENDS

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