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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Extreme Weather Event/Storm Emma info update, Sat. 3/Mar.

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

2:30pm

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.

8pm

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/

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Extreme Weather Event Info update (on just about everything), Fri PM 2/March

From: Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government

Extreme Weather Event Information

Update from NECG at 19.00hrs on Friday 2 March 2018

[…]

• Snow is continuing to fall and will persist overnight and into tomorrow morning.

• A Red Level weather warning remains in place for Meath, Kildare, Dublin, Wexford and Wicklow. The status of the weather warnings will be kept under review.

• This weather event is ongoing and the south east appears to be particularly badly affected at present.

• The key public safety message remains to not undertake travel other than in exceptional circumstances, particularly in moving towards areas where RED Level warnings are in place where conditions continue to deteriorate.

• Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and Local Authorities have been working to keep motorways open but this is challenging in areas where snow is still falling as fast, or faster than can be cleared. Keeping the M50 clear where it runs through foothills of Dublin Mountains is particularly challenging.

• Public transport  operators are working today to get limited services back up tomorrow

• Local coordination committees in every county are working to manage the situation locally and to begin restoration of services where possible.

• ESB Networks are dealing with a series of faults on the network and are endeavouring to restore supply in affected areas.

• Issues are emerging with regard to staffing of essential services, particularly in light of transport difficulties, and the HSE, local authorities and transport operators are liaising to ensure necessary arrangements are put in place where possible.

Safety Messages

• No unnecessary travel for safety reasons on our roads.

• Those that must make necessary  journeysexercise caution.

• ESB lines; Never touch fallen cables.

• Freezing slips and falls – wear appropriate clothing and only venture out when it safe to do so.

• Check on Vulnerable neighbours.

• Clear footpaths outside homes and businesses.

Met Eireann will be constantly updating information on their website and on twitter

Department of Transport

Transport Minister Shane Ross has appealed to people to take only ‘the most necessary of journeys’.

[…]

The National Transport Authority has contacted all transport operators. Each operator is currently assessing conditions. They each need to check if there has been any infrastructural damage and they have to check road conditions before they can bring staff to work. They hope to be operational as soon as is safely possible from tomorrow, Saturday 3rd March.

• Roads: Widespread heavy snow and ice around country leading to extremely treacherous driving conditions. Many roads are impassable, and others are passable with extreme difficulty. All motorways are open but not all lanes are open. N11, N25 and N24 are particularly challenging for clearing. Traffic updates can be found on the aa.ie and www.transportforireland.ie.

• Dublin Bus services are not operating today, Friday 2 March. Due to the Red Weather Warning in place until 18.00 for further snow with strong easterly winds combined with poor road conditions, Dublin Bus is not in a position to operate any services today. We apologise for the inconvenience caused, however this decision has been made in the interest of the safety of our customers and employees.

• No Rail services (DART, Intercity, Commuter services)

• No Luas services

• No Bus Éireann services will operate for the remainder of Friday, March 2 due to ongoing severe weather conditions and extremely challenging road conditions. This includes all city and town services, the Expressway intercity network, and Eurolines services to the UK. Bus Eireann anticipate that we may be able to resume a level of services in some parts of the country Saturday morning, dependent on the local road conditions. It is our aim to operate some services on the Expressway inter-city network, and possibly a level of regional city and town services, in less affected areas. However, there will not be any kind of full service schedule tomorrow due to difficult and dangerous road conditions in many parts of the country. We apologise for the inconvenience but safety of staff and customers is paramount.

• Local Link services are severely disrupted for Saturday /Sunday 03/04 March with a significant number of services cancelled. Please refer to your Local Link group for further information about service delivery in your area.

• Dublin Airport: airlines have suspended all flights to and from Dublin Airport until Saturday, March 3. Please contact your airline for the latest information on your flight and monitor Dublin Airport’s social media channels for status updates.

• Cork: Cork Airport is closed and normal operations are not expected to resume until Saturday 3 March.

• Shannon: Remains operational , however have had a significant number of flight cancellations and strongly advise passengers intending to fly from, or travel to, Shannon Airport to contact their relevant airline or check their website before travelling.

• Ferries: Widespread cancellations on Irish Sea and to France.

Transport for Ireland

See here for information from private bus operators and wider transport services. Updates will be also given on twitter

Local Link – Rural Transport Services

All local Link services are cancelled today due to the red weather alert warning.

For more details contact your Local Link Office Local Link and on +353 1 879 8300

Bus Éireann

Bus Éireann website: Bus Eireann and Twitter Bus Eireann Twitter, and RTPI [link-to | http://www.dublinbus.ie/DublinBus-Mobile/RTPI/ | (Real Time Passenger Information) | RTPI app ]

Local and regional media will receive any updates.

1850 836611 8:30am to 6pm

Irish Rail Update 20.30 2nd March

Rail services will remain suspended until 12:00hrs Saturday 3rd March

Iarnród Éireann advises customers that, as a result of worsening weather conditions and the extension of Status Red weather warning on critical rail arteries to 09.00hrs tomorrow, rail services on Intercity, DART and Commuter will remain suspended until 12.00hrs Saturday 3rd March.

The worsening weather conditions were this evening impeding already challenging line clearance works, and the safety of our employees and contractors must be paramount.

We plan to resume services from 12.00hrs on Saturday 3rd March, subject to overnight weather and early morning inspections and will confirm details of service arrangements as soon as possible on Saturday morning.

We apologise to customers for the unavoidable disruption of services.

Check for updates the Irish Rail Website; Irish Rail Twitter with service alerts throughout the day.

Dublin Bus Update 20.30 2nd March

Dublin Bus wishes to advise customers that due to deteriorating weather conditions and the extension of the Status Red Weather Warning until 09.00, Dublin Bus will endeavour to operate services from 12.00 tomorrow, Saturday 3 March. This is dependent on the assessment of road conditions early tomorrow morning by our Chief Inspectors, in conjunction with Local Authorities.

Further to this, services will operate on main roads only, will have reduced frequencies and there will be diversions in place.

We continue to monitor updates from Met Éireann and take advice from the National Emergency Co-ordination Group.

We advise customers to visit our website www.dublinbus.ie and our Twitter account @dublinbusnews for any further updates.

Luas

Keep up to date by checking the Luas Travel Updates and Luas Twitter 6AM TO 1AM 1850 300 604 7AM TO 7PM

Aircoach

latest information available on twitter

Advice for Road Users

See here for advice for Road Users.

Met Eireann

Met Eireann will be constantly updating information on their website and on twitter

Department of Education

UPDATE: Status red has now been issued for all counties with immediate effect. All schools, third level institutions and colleges of further education will be closed tomorrow and Friday

Updates available on twitter

Department of Health

Our hospitals are open.

However, the HSE are advising that due to the evolving severe weather situation, with the entire country now under a red alert, all outpatient appointments and non-urgent surgeries planned for Thursday 1 March and Friday 2 March are cancelled. There is no need for patients to contact their hospital. Hospitals will be in touch over the coming weeks to reschedule their appointments. Patients who are scheduled for urgent surgery over these two days will be contacted by their hospital.

Our emergency services are prioritising urgent cases. Please only use in an emergency.

Follow the HSE on Twitter for updates.

Department of Housing

Local Government Sector

Local authorities reported that outdoor and ploughing and salting crews are active in all areas and have worked continuously overnight and since 5am this morning in very difficult conditions in many locations. The intention is to keep all priority routes open. No major issues were reported.

Homelessness

The local authorities have been working with homeless NGOs through the last 24 hours to ensure that all rough sleepers have shelter available. Sufficient capacity is available for all those requiring these services and they will continue to operate on a 24 hour basis until the spell of cold weather passes.

If you see anyone homeless or sleeping rough, please report it here.

Contact details for Local Authorities

The Twitter handle for the DRHE is Homeless Dublin Twitter Account

Emergency Services

Emergency services are taking a range of steps to help ensure fire and ambulance services cover for citizens as well ensuring the safety of their staff. As much as possible, staff are being facilitated by remaining on premises, revised shift arrangements and transport where possible. The 999/112 service remains in place but the public are being urged to request the attendance of Emergency Services in extreme circumstances only and to be aware of likely extended response times. As always, a risk assessment will be used to prioritise cases arising.

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

The latest updates on DEASP services are available on our website here

Main points:

– All offices are closed – appointments are cancelled and no payments will be affected. This includes all DEASP appointments and events – e.g. medical appointments, JobPath appointments, Career Fairs etc.

– The double fuel allowance payment will be processed next week and will issue w/c 12th March

– Payments that are due tomorrow are available today (please see An Post for Post Office updates) but if people can’t collect their payment today (or indeed tomorrow) these will be held and can be collected next week

– Where there is an urgent need for assistance or advice, there are emergency numbers on our website here .

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

With the current cold weather situation due to worsen this evening, DAFM asks all stakeholders to note the issues below in particular.

Farm Safety

Farm Safety is paramount during bad weather and it is essential that farm safety is prioritised above all else. Appropriate care is essential around the farmyard ensuring concrete areas are gritted or salted. Falls are the biggest threat and take care to avoid. Water for livestock remains a significant issue on farms with pipes for supply freezing, but continued access to water is important at this time when cows are calving and sheep lambing.

Animal Welfare

The DAFM 24 hour animal welfare helpline will continue to be monitored over the coming days. Members of the public with any concerns can contact the DAFM helpline on Call Save: 0761 064408 or 01 6072379.

Service Provision

The Department has been in constant contact with industry facilitating orderly operation and wind-down of processing operations. It is important to recognise that a temporary reduction in such processing will not impact on retail supplies. Fishing vessels in areas most impacted have generally also returned to port at this time.

The Department wishes to emphasise that as farmers deal with the difficulty conditions on farms at present that there is a need for safety first at all times in the period ahead.

Detailed updates with respect to the weather issues pertaining to farmers and other agriculture related stakeholders will be available on the Department website www.agriculture.gov.ie

The Twitter handle for Agriculture is

Department Agriculture Twitter Account

Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Update to Early Years and School Age Childcare Sector (2nd March).

The DCYA has attended the National Emergency Committee Group today (Friday 2nd March) and although the red weather warning remains in place in some parts of the country over the coming 24 hours, restrictions on travel have been lifted.

Plans are now progressing to clear roads, re-open schools and other services and get the country moving again. There are variations in storm impact across the country and the NECG is urging everyone to exercise caution as the snow thaws over the weekend.

Re-opening your service

DCYA encourages services to continue to take into account their circumstances locally when making decisions regarding reopening on Monday, in particular with regards to the planned reopening of local schools and resumption of transport services. Information from across all government departments has been collated on http://www.gov.ie

It is important that services maintain contact with parents and communicate with them as early as possible as the country returns to normal over the coming days.

Payment for days affected

Childcare services that were forced to close on Thursday or Friday should download and complete the Force Majeure form from PIP and return it within four weeks to pipdocuments@pobal.ie

DCYA will continue to attend the NECG and will update the sector via PIP and stakeholders as required over the coming days. Thank you for your cooperation during the past few days.

Water

As per the instructions of the NECG, to ensure the health and safety of our workers and the local authority staff working in water services, there will be no staff available to respond to water or wastewater emergencies during the red weather warning called by Met Eireann from 4pm Thursday 1 March.

The Irish Water contact centre will be available during these hours on 1850 278278 for customers to report outages. Calls will be logged for action after the red warning has been lifted. When the warning is lifted calls will be prioritised.

For areas who do lose supply, alternative water supplies will be mobilised after the red warning has lifted.

Information on dealing with frozen pipes is available on water.ie and water supply updates are available here

Customers should conserve water where possible at this time by not running dishwashers or washing machines where possible or taking baths.

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

ESB Networks

ESB Networks is preparing for snow and freezing temperatures forecast this week. Damage may occur to the electricity network and ESB Networks has a full emergency response in place to address any power outages. The electricity network is built, and continually upgraded, to withstand events such as these, but extreme weather, heavy snowfalls and freezing temperatures can affect underground and overhead electricity cables and wires.

Snow may also cause trees and branches to fall across or lean onto electricity lines. Please do not approach or touch any fallen wires or the tree or branch that they are touching. Please report these dangerous situations immediately by calling 1850 372 999.

Eirgrid

Eirgrid are not anticipating any significant issues. As increased electricity demand is expected, additional generation capacity has been brought on line and plant on maintenance is being returned to service. Eirgrid’s back-up control centre is being activated. Gale force winds, blizzards or thunderstorms may cause some outages towards the end of the week.

Oil Supplies

The oil companies have indicated that there is sufficient volumes of Kerosene and gas oil, used for home heating to maintain normal supply levels over the cold spell.

Gas

This was the position on gas from Commission of Regulation of Utilities (CRU) as of lunchtime yesterday. According to Gas Networks Ireland (GNI) “there are no current issues with the physical operation or gas supplies at the 3 system entry points. We did raise the Interconnector pressures over the weekend as a precautionary measure and will continue to monitor these over the week. Wind generation is high and forecasted to remain so until Thursday so at this time there is no security of supply concern.”

Communications

Mobile infrastructure outages are monitored by Comreg, who are in constant communication with the network operators. No significant disruption is anticipated to mobile networks during the cold weather. However, power outages may cause disruption to the mobile networks. If any such outages occur, the restoration of power is prioritised.

Department of Defence

The Defence Forces continue to provide assistance following requests from the principal response agencies.

Civil Defence are deployed through their local authorities and will continue to provide assistance in accordance with the procedures for dealing with severe weather as set out in the Framework for Major Emergency Management.

Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

In light of this week’s severe weather warnings issued by Met Éireann in relation to Storm Emma, the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation – DBEI is, in the first instance, advising businesses and employees to heed the updates from the Government’s National Emergency Coordination Group on Severe Weather.

Start Planning

In addition, the Department has prepared a short checklist for businesses to help them prepare for severe weather events such as the one now forecast. One of the implications an employer may have to consider in the coming days is whether they will need to close their business.

It will not be possible for the Department to issue blanket advice about whether a business should close in the event of a Status Red Warning from Met Éireann, because many organisations are engaged in the delivery of essential services.

Businesses should however prioritise the safety of their workers at all times in the decision-making process and should now be considering how they will communicate with their staff in the coming days about any possible closures, be that by email, text, phone or social media.

Update 20.30, 2nd March

The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys T.D. and her departmental officials have been in contact with major supermarket chains, and it is their understanding that they are preparing to reopen their stores tomorrow.

Payment of Wages

The Workplace Relations Commission, which is an office of this Department, offers advice to both employers and employees on dealing with a situation whereby an employee cannot attend work due to unforeseen circumstances. It is however important that both parties are aware that in general, there is no statutory entitlement for an employee to be paid if they cannot attend work because of extreme weather.

Any more beneficial arrangement is a matter for agreement between the employer and the employee, but equally employers are encouraged to take a long-term view of the working relationship.

Department of Justice

International Protection Office

The International Protection Office has cancelled all interviews for Wednesday 28 February, Thursday 1 March and Friday 2 March 2018. Applicants are being notified separately. The IPO will be in touch with applicants concerning new interview dates as soon as possible.

Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service

All INIS offices will close at 5pm on 28th February, and will remain closed on Thursday and Friday. All customer appointments at our public offices are cancelled for the remainder of the week and will be rescheduled thereafter. We ask customers to await contact from INIS in relation to the rescheduling of appointments.

Courts Service

Courts and court offices in counties with the Status Red weather warning will not open on Thursday and Friday, 1st and 2nd March 2018. The normal arrangements will apply in relation to urgent matters to be dealt with by the District Court. The Saturday sitting of the District Court in the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin on 3rd March is also cancelled. Full up to date details of all other court closures are available at the Courts website

Irish Prison Service

All visits to prisons have been cancelled for Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd March. More information is available at The Irish Prisons Website

Probation Service

Given the worsening weather situation, all Probation Service offices are closed today and Friday. All offices should reopen as normal on Monday 5 March.

Irish Film Classification Office

During the Red weather alert, the IFCO will be closed.

Office of Public Works Report to NECG, 2nd March

1. OPW continues to closely monitor sea level forecasts and river levelso nationally.

2. Regarding Sea Level Situation

2.1 The OPW High Tide Advisory notice remains in place until Monday due to the period of very high astronomical tides.

2.2 Sea levels are expected to be highest on the South and East Coasts today and tomorrow, with tomorrow’s tides being marginally higher.

2.3 Critical times of high tide tomorrow on the East Coast for Dublin is circa 12.30pm and for South Coast for Cork is circa 6.30am.

2.4 Local authorities are advised to closely monitor sea levels until Monday and be prepared to respond in the event coastal flooding.

2.5 Members of the public should stay away from exposed coastal areas within 2 hours of the time of high water.

3. Regarding river level situation

3.1 River levels nationally have been falling over the past circa 2 weeks, with a few exceptions.

3.2 There is however potential for river levels on smaller, steep or mountainous catchments to rise suddenly depending on the rate of snow melt over the coming days, where heavy falls have occurred (e.g Dublin and Wicklow mountains area).

3.3 Members of the public and Farmers are therefore advised to stay away from rivers and watercourses for the coming days.

3.4 Local authorities are advised to closely monitor river levels (see also: http://www.waterlevel.ie) in their respective areas over the coming days and during the period of snow melt, and be prepared to to respond in the event of flooding, especially in smaller, steep and mountainous catchments that have experienced heavy snow falls.

Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht

In light of the Status Red weather warning for all counties issued by Met Éireann, all National Parks and Nature Reserves throughout the country are now closed to the public.

The safety of both our visitors and staff is of paramount importance to the Department and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Snow may mask normal trail markers and routes leading to more dangerous walking conditions with ice increasing the likelihood of slips, trips and falls. We would encourage people to respect the closure of these sites and avoid making unnecessary journeys to our National Parks and Nature Reserves.

All Departmental offices are also closed.

Updates will continue to be posted on our Twitter profile @DeptAHG.

Departmental staff have also been advised not to present for work on 1 and 2 March. Further emails will issue to staff with updates before the weekend. Staff should check the Department’s website and Twitter account @DeptAHG for updates also.

Our message to staff is also that it may be worthwhile to ensure that your line manager has your private mobile number (where you do not have a work phone) to enable them to contact you directly in the event of an emergency or with an important update.

No Departmental Offices or other locations, including national parks and nature reserves, will be open to the public on these dates.

Department of Foreign Affairs

Further to the advice of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group, and in light of the forecasted adverse weather conditions, offices of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin, Cork and Limerick and all its public services will remain closed on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd March 2018.

In the event of an emergency, members of the public should contact 01 408 2000.

Next Steps

The country is still in the middle of a very severe weather emergency with Red and Orange warnings in place. All services will be working at peak capacity and the public are asked for patience while works to restore services and clear transport routes are completed.

The priority is to restore the motorway and primary road network and to get public transport moving again.

The public can assist this work by not attempting any journeys.

The key public safety messages are:

• Avoid any non-critical travel throughout the country. Many roads including national and regional roads remain impassable and unsafe for driving

• The public should assume all electricity lines to be live and report any fallen lines to ESBNetworks

• Take care while out walking in snow. Enjoy the snow but exercise caution and stay safe.

• Keep away from rivers where levels can rise rapidly as snow begins to melt

• Remember emergency services will take longerto respond to call outs due to the weather conditions.

• Check in with elderly and vulnerable neighbours by phone

We are continuing our work and will meet again at 4.00 pm to review and further co-ordinate our efforts.

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@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 .

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Council & Municipal Weather update: Wed PM

Wexford Council Offices closed

Met Eireann has issued a Status Red Weather Warning for Wexford effective from 4pm tomorrow to 12 Midday on Friday 2nd.Due to adverse weather conditions, all Wexford County Council Offices including libraries, will close to the public on Thursday & Friday 1st & 2nd March. Our phone lines will remain open from 9am-5pm on both days on 05391 96000. Emergency after hours number is 1890 666 777.

It is anticipated that normal services will resume at 9am on Monday 5th March.

The current situation in the New Ross District is as follows:

  • Salting of regular designated routes and town will take place again this evening.
  • Ploughs, grit and other suitable machinery is on standby for use on a priority basis from tomorrow evening/Friday.
  • The Tholsel will be closed to public tomorrow Thurs and Friday but will be manned for calls.
  • Non-essential services will not be provided on Thurs/Fri.
  • Any medical emergencies or medical issues must be routed through HSE/999. All non-essential travel should be avoided, including walking, from lunchtime tomorrow through to Friday afternoon especially.
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Useful info – http://www.southeastradio.ie/2018/02/school-closures-and-events-cancelled-due-to-snow-across-co-wexford/ https://www.wexfordcoco.ie/alerts/severe-weather-advisory https://www.mapalerter.com https://www.winterready.ie

• SE Radio – schools, services, events cancelled/postponed – http://www.southeastradio.ie/2018/02/school-closures-and-events-cancelled-due-to-snow-across-co-wexford/

• Severe Weather

Advisory | Wexford County Council (updated information eg roads, homeless shelters) – https://www.wexfordcoco.ie/alerts/severe-weather-advisory

• Register on https://www.mapalerter.com – a public emergency notification system via text and email.

https://www.winterready.ie

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Are you worried about severe weather impact on your household heating bills? Info here

• Check www.welfare.ie for info on Fuel Allowance, Exceptional Needs Payments, Urgent Needs Payments schemes;

• The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) is available to assist over the next few days https://m.facebook.com/SVPIreland/photos/a.238673466194608.60087.103880909673865/1698837870178153/?type=3&theater

• People receiving Fuel Allowance will receive an extra payment of €22.50 for this week (paid in March);

• Social Welfare payments due on Friday 2nd will be available from Thurs 1st March.

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@WexfordCoCo activates Severe Weather Plan

Wexford County Council Press Release Tuesday 27 February 5.00pm

 

Council activates Severe Weather Plan

 

Wexford County Council continues to prepare as a spell of highly disruptive cold weather approaches Ireland. This afternoon, the Council held a further meeting of it’s Emergency Management Team, which was also attended by members of An Garda Siochána and the HSE. At that meeting, the decision was taken to formally activate Wexford County Council’s Severe Weather Plan, bringing a range of formal emergency management actions and resources into play.

The Council’s fleet of specialist vehicles and equipment for dealing with snow has been fully mobilised and the Council’s salt stores are at full capacity, with more than 1100 tonnes of salt stockpiled in anticipation of the severe weather.

The Council’s six salting trucks will be on standby from 13.30 tomorrow Wednesday, fully loaded with snowploughs fitted. Drivers and helpers will also be on standby and will work 12 hour shifts, commencing 13.30 Wednesday. Salting will continue until Saturday at 13.30, to be reviewed at that point. These trucks will deal with National Roads and Priority 1 and 2 and some Priority 3 Regional Roads.

All other roads will be dealt with at Borough/ Municipal District level, with priority being given to the Local Primary Roads. The treatment will be by way of hired plant and will include snow blades, graders, JCBs and fertiliser and lime spreaders.

Wexford County Council has arranged for quantities of grit to be made available free of charge to members of the public, with stockpiles available at the following locations:

  • Enniscorthy District                  Roadstone Brownswood
  • New Ross District                      Oaklands Quarry, Ballykelly, New Ross;
  • Wexford District                        Mulpool Ltd, Inish, Kilmore and Whitemill Council Depot, Wexford Town
  • Gorey District                              Inch Creamery and O’Sullivan Agri, Camolin

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. As an exceptional measure, Wexford County Council Housing Department has established a 24-hour Temporary Emergency Homeless Shelter at the Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, which will operate from 3.00pm today Tuesday 27 February until the conclusion of the current forecasted extreme weather event.

The Centre will cater for all adult males during this extreme weather event. Women and children presenting will be accommodated through Wexford County Council’s existing emergency accommodation arrangements.

Wexford County Council continues to advise the public to heed Met Eireann’s weather warnings as the week progresses.

Where it is possible and safe to do so, 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

Members of the public are reminded to register on MapAlerter, a public emergency notification system available on the Council’s website, where they can receive additional useful information by text and email.

Further updates and advice will issue throughout the coming days via local and national media and on the Council’s Twitter page and website.

ENDS

 

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Nat’l Emergency Coord: media, medicine, fuel, batteries, phones, numbers, neighbours, paths, www.winterready.ie

Statement from the National Emergency Coordination Group on Severe Weather

Key Public Safety & Information Messages

·       Monitor national, local and social media for updates for weather in your area

·       Keep supplies of essential medication in case it is difficult to get to the pharmacy

·       Have an adequate supply of fuel for heating/cooking and if possible a suitable alternative should the main supply fail

·       Have a supply of food and drinking water for a few days in your house

·       Have batteries for torches in the event of power cuts

·       Make sure mobile phones are charged

·       Have emergency contact numbers to hand

·       Check on vulnerable neighbours

·       Householders and businesses are requested to clear footpaths areas, both inside and outside their premises of snow at an early stage

·       Visit www.winterready.ie for advice on preparedness

Report of the National Emergency Coordination Group Meeting

The National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG) for severe weather met today (27 February 2018) in advance of forecasted snow to coordinate the response to predicted and emerging issues.  The meeting was chaired by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, in its role as Lead Government Department for the response to severe weather, and Ministers Eoghan Murphy T.D. and Damien English T.D. were in attendance.

While there remains some uncertainty regarding the weather forecast for later in the week, so far events are unfolding as Met Éireann has forecast.

Met Éireann provided a detailed update regarding the current weather situation. An Orange Level weather warning is in place for 15:00hrs Tuesday to 11:00hrs Wednesday for Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Louth, Meath and Wicklow for scattered snow showers leading to accumulations by Wednesday morning in Leinster and East Munster. There is also a high possibility of thunder and lightning.

Further snow showers are predicted for Wednesday with the heaviest and most frequent in the east, with some showers reaching the midlands and western areas over the course of the day, with significant wind chill.

Scattered snow showers will become more frequent on Thursday with the arrival of Storm Emma, accompanied by strengthening south easterly winds, reaching gale force along the south and east coasts, potentially causing blizzard conditions.

The public are advised to monitor Met Éireann across all media platforms for further updates and to familiarise themselves with the Be Winter Ready campaign and associated support materials.

At local authority level, local coordination groups and crisis management teams continue to monitor, review and prepare for the current period of severe weather.

The Defence Forces continue on standby with personnel and assets available to provide assistance upon request from civil authorities.

Decisions as to whether it is necessary to close schools will be made locally by boards of management, prioritising children’s safety and taking into account relevant local circumstances.

With regard to businesses operating during the current period of severe weather, the decision to close or open will be down to individual employers based on the nature of their business and the local weather conditions, with a view to the continuity of essential services. The safety of employees is a key consideration, and businesses should use the next day or so to plan and consider how to communicate promptly with their employees once the decision to close or open has been reached.

There are a number of supports available from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection to support households who are not in a position to meet their heating costs as a result of the current severe weather conditions. In addition to the Department’s fuel allowance scheme which supports the heating of 338,000 homes for people dependent on social welfare payments, the public can also potentially avail of the Exceptional Needs Payments scheme or the Urgent Needs Payments scheme; information on these supports can be found on the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection’s website www.welfare.ie

Additional capacity to accommodate rough sleepers has been made available in the major urban centres.

The public are advised to monitor transport operators web sites, and social media, for up-to-date information regarding their travel needs. People should take account of local weather conditions when making their travel arrangements.

It was confirmed that the grocery retail distribution network hubs are appropriately geographically placed and there is no threat to the security of food supply posed by poor weather conditions.

The winter ready campaign details key messages which will enable the public to ensure they are sufficiently prepared for severe weather events. In addition to the winter ready website, hard copies of the booklet are available in all libraries and through medical facilities.

Additionally, there a number of further initiatives to disseminate the winter ready messaging, these involve the Public Participation Network, and both Government Organisations and Voluntary Group web sites and social media accounts.

People are advised to continue to monitor national and local media, including social media, over the coming days to keep up to date with information regarding the developing weather situation.

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@WexfordCoCo emergency crews on standby as weather set to deteriorate

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.

ENDS

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