Update 9pm: Extreme weather/storm Emma update Sun 4/Mar

Wexford County Council Extreme Weather Event-Update Sunday 4 March 21:30 hrs.

 

National / Regional Roads

Wexford County Council has now cleared all National and Regional roads in County Wexford to a point where they are passable with care.

 

Local Roads

Throughout the day and with significant help from local landowners, members of the farming community, contractors, owners of heavy equipment and the general public, many local roads are also passable – though we continue to urge drivers to proceed with extreme caution.

Drivers should note that many local roads may have just a single narrow lane open, with large volumes of snow on both sides of the road, and the public should exercise caution and extend courtesy to oncoming vehicles as they drive these roads in the coming days. Drivers should also be aware of the danger of ponding of water, particularly on local roads, as the snow continues to melt.

Other Roads

Due to the scale of the snowfall Wexford County Council continues to request assistance from the public in clearing snow from footpaths in front of their premises in urban areas and clearing snow from roads and footpaths in housing estates.

In addition, where it is considered safe to do so, people with equipment such as high-power tractors with loading shovels etc are encouraged to assist in clearing snow from local roads, but to do so safely and to avoid creating any additional hazards

Water Supplies

Throughout the day crews worked to restore water supply to many parts of the county. In conjunction with Irish Water, the Council has succeeded in restoring supply to Gorey and Kilmore areas – though customers should note it may take some hours for the pipework to refill and water pressure to be restored.

Some 15,000 customers remain without water supply this evening, mainly in the Wexford Town area. Water tankers have been made available in a number of locations in Wexford and it is expected that supply will be restored later tomorrow evening or latest Tuesday.

Flood Risk

Wexford County Council has no immediate concerns regarding the possibility of flooding. However, we continue to carefully monitor the situation and we have contingency plans in place, should the situation change over the coming days.

Other

The Department of Defence and Wexford Civil Defence continue to provide cover to the HSE and Ambulance Service. They are assisted this evening by Civil Defence personnel from Tipperary and Laois, while civil defence teams from Dublin, Waterford and Kilkenny are on standby to provide further resources if required.

Emergency Call Centre

All public offices of Wexford County Council offices remain closed tomorrow Monday 5 March. We wish to reassure the public that our Emergency Call Centre 053 91 96000 will continue to operate from 9.00am to 5.00pm to take emergency calls.

Emergency calls can also be emailed to stormemmaec@wexfordcoco.ie

Wexford County Council Crisis Management Team, together with representatives of An Garda Siochána, HSE, Department of Defence, Wexford Civil Defence and the Ambulance Service will meet again tomorrow to review and further co-ordinate the response to this extreme weather event.

Please be advised that all offices of Wexford County Council including all libraries will remain closed for normal business on Monday 5th March. The Emergency Call Centre will remain in operation on 053-9196000 from 9am – 5pm on Monday. Out of hours Emergency number : 1890 666 777.

All Wexford National Primary Routes now passable with extreme care by cars.

New Ross Municipal District

We are making significant progress on yesterday, the rising temperature is assisting the hard work on the ground.

We have full clearing operation in place again today throughout the District and have achieved access to most areas.

The primary and regional roads are passable. The aim is to connect villages to main roads. That might only be on one route from a main road with single lane access today. Once we establish an access we will return to clear further. Access on local roads is must be with extreme care.

New Ross town is clear and accessible. Entrance to many estates has been cleared and will continue. It’s really helpful when residents lend a hand and clear footpaths in estates.

Power supply has been restored at Ballycullane in last hour and ESB is working hard to repair fault to reservoir in the coming hours to allow water supply to be restored. Bealistown 38kVa substation near Folksmills is still out affecting approx 3,000 or 4,000 customers.

A water tanker will be delivered to Ramsgrange Village this afternoon until that power and water supply is sorted.

WCC offices will not open to the public tomorrow Monday 05/03. The Crisis Management Team and the emergency call centre will operate from Co Hal from 9am to 5pm tomorrow Monday. We aim to open offices to the public and resume a full service on Tuesday.

Irish Water: Disruptions for some customers in Wexford town following recent spell of freezing weather

3rd March 2018 Update – Issues associated with the recent spell of freezing weather are leading to supply disruptions for Irish Water customers in Wexford town.  Irish Water and Wexford County Council are working to resolve these issues and carry out any necessary repairs as quickly as possible.

However, due to the complexity of the repairs and difficulty accessing the affected sites due to the weather conditions, water restrictions will be put in place in the town from 10pm this evening to 8am tomorrow (Sunday) morning. This is necessary in order to maintain critical supplies for Wexford Hospital.

Irish Water and Wexford County Council will begin to carry out repairs tomorrow (Sunday) morning and updates will be provided as this work progresses. Alternative water supplies will be put in place and details of the locations of these supplies will be posted on the Irish Water website and on local media during the course of the day.

In order to minimise water restrictions and allow the reservoirs to refill over the coming days, customers are urged to conserve water where possible by not running taps unnecessarily and taking showers instead of baths. Irish Water is especially appealing to anyone with an outside tap to ensure that it is securely turned off. A constant flow from an external tap over 24 hours is the equivalent of the usage of 40 households in the same period.

Irish Water and Wexford County Council would like to apologise to customers for the inconvenience this is causing and assures customers that repairs will be completed as soon as it is safe to do so.

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/ or via the 24/7 customer care line at 1850 278 278.

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