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STORM EMMA UPDATE: No roads will be gritted tonight; Clon and Bantry on flood alert

Thursday, 1st March, 2018 12:26pm

Story by Siobhan Cronin
STORM EMMA UPDATE: No roads will be gritted tonight; Clon and Bantry on flood alert

Gritting will be suspended this afternoon in the interest of staff safety. (Photo: Shutterstock)

ROADS will not be treated or gritted tonight, Cork County Council has confirmed.

The local authority says it has taken the decision to suspend all road treatements in the county from this afternoon, in the interest of staff safety, while Bantry and Clonakilty have been put on flood-alert.

It says that road clearance and treatment operations will resume tomorrow (Friday) ‘as soon as it safe to do so’.  

The status Red Snow-ice Warning for Munster that issued from Met Eireann, remains valid until tomorrow noon.  ‘The issue of a RED level severe weather warning advises people to protect themselves and/or their properties,’ Cork County Council reminds us.

The warning relates to low temperatures and wind, with occasional hail and snow showers.

‘Later this evening blizzard-like conditions with heavier snow will arrive in the south. Temperatures will remain sub-zero for all of today with strong easterly winds with gale gusts giving significant chill,’ it added.

Cork County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team and Crisis Management Team have convened to review operations which are currently underway. In addition, the Cork Local Co-ordination Group have convened and are asking members of the public to heed advice from the National Emergency Coordination Group to not venture out of doors while the red level warning is in place.

All Council offices and amenities, including libraries, will remain closed Thursday March 1st and Friday March 2nd. Cork County Council has opened a 24 hour emergency line on 021 4800048. Roads have been continuously treated overnight and this morning in accordance with the Council’s Winter Service Plan. A total of 26 vehicles were in use and 400 tonnes of salt was applied in the last 24 hours.

However, with the threat of severe blizzards and no visibility in the interests of the safety of its operatives, Cork County Council says it will be suspending road treatments this afternoon. Road clearance and treatment operations will resume on tomorrow Friday ‘as soon as it safe to do so’ and snow ploughs are available and are ready to recommence operations, starting with the National Roads, if safe to do so, on Friday.

Grit is available at over 190 locations across the county for use by local communities.  Locations of grit across Cork County can be found at www.corkcoco.ie.

If travel is absolutely necessary, all road users are asked to exercise extreme caution on roads and to never assume that a route has been treated.  

Similarly, pedestrians are asked to take extra care using footpaths,’ the statement adds.

Due to high tides and possible early thaw there is a significant risk of flooding in the low lying areas of Bantry, Clonakilty, Midleton and Youghal tomorrow evening and Saturday morning. Cork County Council has been in contact with Irish Water and has confirmed sufficient chemical storage for treatment plants.  Tankers are also on standby for water supply for housing estates if required.  

Customers experiencing water outages should contact Irish Water on 1850278278 or consult the Irish Water website for the most up to date information.

The Council’s Housing Department will respond to the impact that the severe weather may have on any person sleeping rough in the county.  Cork County Council has also put a 24-hour maintenance policy into effect for tenants.

If a tenant experiences any difficulty they are advised to contact 021 4800048.

Cork County Council is advising the public to make preparations for this severe weather event. Owners of vacant premises are asked to shut off their water supplies as a precaution in case of frozen pipes.  

Members of the public are asked to look in on elderly or vulnerable neighbours to ensure they have adequate heating and food supplies for a few days.

Updates will be provided on Cork County Council’s social media channels and website and here, on southernstar.ie, on our Twitter page and on the Southern Star West Cork page on Facebook.

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