SEVERE WEATHER TEAM
Waterford City and County Council’s Severe Weather Team will meet on Tuesday afternoon to assess the position and to ensure all Directorates are as prepared as possible. The Severe Weather team will continue to meet throughout the weather event.
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Waterford remains at “Status Yellow – Snow & Ice” warning.
A “Status Orange” weather alert exists for 6 counties in Leinster at present. Scattered snow showers are likely here later today (Tuesday) and Tuesday night will lead to accumulations of up to 3 cm in some parts by Wednesday morning. Widespread frost and icy conditions also.
Waterford Council’s Out-Of-Hours number is 0761 10 2020.
This is monitored 24 hours a day. For exceptional emergencies, or those not relating to Council activities, please call the National Emergency Services on 999 or 112.
COLD WEATHER INITIATIVE (ROUGH SLEEPERS)
Our ‘Cold Weather Initiative’ will open from 9.30 p.m. on Tuesday night right through to Saturday morning. This will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Service users will be made aware of same via the various service providers, as happened in previous weather events.
The Council’s Roads Department is making preparations to deal with the forecasted severe weather which includes stocking up on our gritting salt, ensuring that our gritters and snow ploughs are fully serviceable and available, distributing salt & grit to our roads depots across the County, rostering staff and putting arrangements in place in ensure that key staff can get to work.
Our priority will be to maintain the P1 & P2 gritting routes clear insofar as possible – these routes comprise of circa 500 kms of national, regional and urban roads across City and County. Maps of the routes are available on the front page of the Council’s website.
We will also be deploying crews from across the workforce to deal with localised access issues, to assist with the clearance of snow and ice from urban footpaths etc.
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BE WINTER READY
Further advice is available at www.winterready.ie and Waterford City and County Council would advise members of the public to be prepared.
? Have a small supply of non perishable, easy-to-prepare foods.
? Keep extra supplies of essential medication in case it is difficult to get to the doctor/pharmacy.
? Have an adequate supply of fuel for heating/cooking and if possible a suitable alternative should the main supply fail.
? Have batteries for torches in the event of power cuts.
? Have candles and matches. Candles should always be placed away from draughts in proper candleholders. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
? Have a water container to ensure a supply of drinking water.
? Know how to turn off your water supply.
? Keep mobile phones charged up – have local emergency numbers in your phone.
? Have a suitable snow shovel (but any shovel or spade will do).