Extreme weather update: Co. Wexford & New Ross district, Mon 5/Mar

New Ross municipal update 5:30pm

Higher temperatures today really helped with thaw but temperatures are expected to drop to freezing tonight.

The usual Primary and Regional Roads will be salted as per normal operations. Other Regional and all Local roads will not be salted and will be extremely hazardous. We will not be able to respond to calls for salting in any areas outside the normal salting routes.

Water Services are working hard to restore supply from Ballycullane. Tankers are placed in Ramsgrange and Duncannon but water must be boiled before consumption. All vulnerable customers are being attended to be Water Services separately.

Offices will be open as normal from 9am tomorrow.

Water Update 4pm:

Repairs have now been completed at Wexford Town (Edenvale), Gorey and Taylorstown and water will slowly return to these areas

As the supply returns, customers should continue to conserve water in the interests of speeding up the filling of the network and the provision of supply to the outer areas  of the network – it may take a number of hours for the entire network to refill and all customers to receive water

Water 2pm:

South Regional Water Supply

Widespread water outage affecting South Regional Water Supply following the effects of Storm Emma. Areas affected are Ballycullane, Duncannon, Ballyhack, Arthurstown, Fethard, Hook, Duncormick, Campile . It is hoped that water supply will have returned to most areas by tonight.  Water Tanker in place at Ramsgrange School and Duncannon Church.  The public are asked to conserve water as supply returns and check vacant properties and holiday homes for leaks to assist with recovery of supply across the region.

Wexford Town

Water disruption across Wexford town is continuing with supply out in Coolcots, Townparks, Whitemill, Whiterock lower, Bishopswater, Ard Carman, St Aidans.  Other areas of town may be experiencing low pressure.  Wexford County Council are working to restore supply and hope to have supply returned to some areas later today, we are monitoring levels and making all efforts to return water to the public.  Water tankers are in situ around the town at Clonard Church carpark, Clonard Village, Mount Prospect and IBCs are located at Cois Carraige, Coolcots Community Centre and Mother Hubbards.  The public are asked to conserve water as supply returns and check vacant properties and holiday homes for leaks to assist with recovery of supply.

Barntown/Taghmon

Water disruption across Barntown and Taghmon is continuing with supply out is in place today following the effects of Storm Emma. Wexford County Council are working to restore supply.  Water tankers are in situ around the town at Clonard Church carpark and Mother Hubbards.  The public are asked to conserve water as supply returns and check vacant properties and holiday homes for leaks to assist with recovery of supply.  Further updates to follow.

Gorey Town

Water disruption across Gorey town in the Gorey north and Irish Street areas today with supply out following the effects of Storm Emma. Wexford County Council are working to restore supply. IBCs will be provided at Ardmore, Kilnahule lane, The Lask, Gorey Hill, Westhill Park, Woodbury, Creagh woods, Hunters green, Creagh demense, Allenwood  dr, Ramsfort Avenue, Sean Doire, Baile Eoghain,Woodlawns manor, Willow park, Cois linne ,Eire st, Sean lios, Newborough. The public are asked to conserve water as supply returns and check vacant properties and holiday homes for leaks to assist with recovery of supply.  Further updates to follow.

New Ross Municipal District

Roads

Continuing progress is being made throughout the District.There is no area inaccessible in the District at this stage, thanks to the hard work of our operatives, local volunteer and community involvement.Most regional roads are passable with 2 way traffic cautiously. Work is now concentrated on local roads to provide 2 way access.All outdoor staff are out relieving melt water from roads to minimise flooding.New Ross town is clear, car parks available and clearance continuing in estates and approaching schools.

Schools

Until such time all public roads/estates are clear we will not be entering private property such as school grounds. It is  schools responsibility to clear its own premises, as the Good Counsel has done, to name but one school. It is the responsibility of each school to decide on reopening, in conjunction with their transport providers. The best indication we have is that schools aim to reopen tomorrow Tuesday. There may be some in rural areas that will not open until Wednesday.

Water

There is an ongoing interruption of water supply from Ballycullane affecting about 1,000 customers. We are delivering bottled water to vulnerable customers affected. There is a water tanker in Ramsgrange and will be in Duncannon today. Every effort is being made to restore this supply.

ESB

Power has been restored to all customers in the District.

County Council offices New Ross

The Tholsel and Library will open to the public tomorrow, Tues.There are staff at work in the Tholsel today assisting with emergency and water related calls.Co Hall will open to the public tomorrow Tues. The emergency call centre is live today in Co Hall at 053 91 96000.

Irish Water – Alternative water supplies in place in Wexford as work continues to restore normal supply to all customers

4th March 2018 Update – Irish Water is working with Wexford County Council to resolve outstanding water supply issues associated with the recent spell of extreme weather. Approximately 5,000 customers in Wexford town remain without water due to a burst watermain. Crews have been on site throughout the day and are working to repair the burst and restore water supply as quickly as possible In the meantime alternative water supplies will be available at the following locations:·         Cois Carrige Estate

·         Coolcotts Community Centre

·         Mother Hubbards Barntown

·         St. Josephs Community Centre

·         Mount Prospect Estate

·         Clonard Village Estate

·         Clonard Church Carpark

·         Ramsgrange Church

Irish Water makes every effort to ensure that the alternative drinking water supply provided, including the tanker/bowser, and dispensing tap, are adequately disinfected. However, as it is not practical to provide sterilised containers for the public to transport drinking water from the tanker to their homes, we cannot guarantee that any containers used by the public do not negatively impact or contaminate the drinking water. Therefore people are advised to boil this water before use.

In order to allow reservoirs to refill over the coming days, customers are urged to conserve water where possible by not running taps unnecessarily, taking showers instead of baths and checking for leaks in their properties. 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 possible.

Updates will be posted to the supply and service section of Irish Water’s website at www.water.ie/water-supply/supply-and-service-update/ or via the 24/7 customer care line at 1850 278 278.

Ends

Thaw prompts flood concerns

Irish Water Safety has warned people to avoid lakes, streams and rivers as flooding is expected in the coming days once the recent snowfall begins to melt. The warning came as tidal flooding again hit Salthill, Clontarf, Sandycove and Dún Laoghaire in Dublin, while Cork city and county was on high alert for a sea surge from Storm Emma. Such is the height of the tides that warnings have also been issued for parts of Waterford, Dundalk, Wexford, Wicklow, parts of the Shannon Estuary and Limerick.

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