WCC – Storm Emma Update – Saturday 3 Match – 18: 00 hrs
Wexford County Council – Extreme Weather Event Update Saturday 3 March 6.00pm
· Substantial improvement in Wexford in relation to National routes, with the N25, N30 and N11 now accessible to 4×4 vehicles. These national routes are being salted regularly through the day to clear remaining snow and it is hoped that by tomorrow evening Sunday they will be accessible to cars….check our website for confirmation
· Most regional routes have also been ploughed and also accessible to 4×4 vehicles – extreme caution advised
· We have also allocated machinery and personnel to help the ESB reach power outages around the country, and we are working with Irish Water to restore water supplies to a number of locations around the county. At the height of the water supply issues, some 5000 customers were without supply. These repairs will continue tomorrow
· The Department of Defence has send 50 troops to Wexford where they are now assisting in the cleanup operation. They have at their disposal 10 specialist vehicles, including 4 x 4 transport vehicles and a snow plough and these vehicles have been assigned to assist the HSE and ambulance service in responding to medical emergencies. Wexford Civil Defence continues to assist in this area
· The public is asked to continue to be patient especially in relation to the clearing of more minor roads – it is likely to take the Council some days to reach on these. We very much acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of the local farming community in helping to clear these roads.
· Extreme caution is advised if travelling on any roads over the next number of days
· The Council’s Emergency Call Centre 053 91 96000 received almost 400 calls today. It will be manned by Council staff again tomorrow Sunday between 9.00am and 5.00pm to take emergency calls.
· The Council is closely monitoring the threat of flooding, and will keep the public fully updated over the next 24/48 hours in relation to same, while our staff are on standby to deal with any issues that may arise
· Check Council website, our Twitter page, MapAlerter, local and national media for updates.
New Ross Municipal District updates
Conditions remain challenging but extensive works continuing is making some progress in the District. There is a slow thaw that is helping the cause.
The national primary routes, N25, N11, N30 are passable with extreme caution.
Most regional roads are passable with extreme caution. Roads between villages are being cleared.
Assistance is being given to ESB, Water Services, HSE and Fire Service as priority. ESB is working on major outages in substations in Folksmills, Saltmills
Most streets in New Ross town are passable with care except Mary St, William St and Cross Street and housing estates.
Again advice is to stay in today and hopefully conditions will be much improved tomorrow as a result of clearance works and thaw.
Progress was made in District today clearing roads thanks to the hard work of Council Staff, contractors, volunteers, rising temperature causing slow thaw and a splash of rain.
The large drifts on most roads are causing us most difficulty. Some drifts are 10/15 ft high and must be dug out.
All operations will continue tomorrow and we aim for and expect further good progress on regional roads and connecting villages. We should be in a position to start dealing with local roads during tomorrow. However snow melt water will cause ponding and local flooding on roads on the next few days.
Facilitating HSE/Ambulance Service, Fire Service and ESB will remain priorities for us.
ESB is being assisted in getting access to sub stations and fault locations to carry out repairs to restore supplies. Power outage is main contributor with water supply issues but Water Services is getting access to plants to maintain Water Supplies and are doing well.
New Ross Town is reasonably passable with care and we expect this to further improve tomorrow.
The WCC Emergency Call Centre will operate in Co Hall from 0900 to 1700 tomorrow Sunday and can be contact at 053 91 96000.
Irish Water: Update on water supply issues in Wexford
Water supply under pressure in areas of Wexford due to increased demand
Customers across the county are asked to conserve water
3rd March 2018 Update – Irish Water is advising customers in Wexford that due to the extremely cold weather conditions and exceptionally high water demand, some water treatment plants in the county are struggling to keep up with supply demands.
All customers are being asked to conserve water to avoid reservoirs emptying and water pressure to homes and businesses being affected.
Customers throughout the county are urged to conserve water by not running taps unnecessarily, taking showers instead of baths and to refrain from using dishwashers and washing machines.
Approximately 1,000 Irish Water customers served by the Fardystown Regional Water Supply Scheme in Co Wexford are experiencing supply disruptions due to a suspected burst pipe in the area.
Irish Water and Wexford County Council are assessing the situation and will begin work to repair the burst as soon as it safe to do so. If alternative water supplies are needed, they will be mobilised after the red weather warning has lifted.
Irish Water working in partnership with Wexford County Council would like to apologise to customers for the inconvenience this is causing.
Once further information is available we will issue another update. Updates will also be posted to the supply and service section of Irish Water’s website at http://www.water.ie/water-supply/supply-and-service-update/