Wicklow County Council’s Severe Weather Co-ordination Group re-convened at 9.30am today (Wednesday) to oversee the response of the relevant agencies to the ongoing severe weather event.
The Group comprises representatives from An Garda Siochana, HSE, Fire Service, Civil Defence and Council Staff and is chaired by the Council’s Chief Executive, Mr. Frank Curran.
Met Eireann has upgraded the severe weather warning to “Code Level Red”
“Heavy overnight snowfall has led to accumulations of snow between 5 and 10 cm
Snow showers will continue to occur during today and again tonight, with further
accumulations. Total snowfall up to midday Thursday may reach 25 cm”
Wicklow County Council wishes to advise Motorists / the general public to exercise extreme caution over the coming days and into the weekend.
The following Council services remain on standby:
- Outdoor crews
- Fire Services
- Civil Defence
The Council’s Road Gritting Programme is currently in full operation and will continue to be closely monitored. Details can be accessed on www.wicklow.ie.
Please also check www.wicklow.ie for information on the “Be Winter Ready” booklet. Copies of this booklet are available at all 13 Council libraries.
Wicklow County Council is making every effort to clear snow from footpaths in the towns as resources permit.
Citizens are asked to clear snow / ice from outside homes and business premises as soon as possible after a fall of snow and to assist their neighbours where possible.
Wicklow County Council continues to operate its “Cold Weather Initiative” to provide night shelter for homeless individuals.
There is a referral protocol in place which enables Clients to access the service through referral by the Five Loaves Homeless Services in Bray or through Wicklow County Council.
As the risk of freezing pipes is low, consumers are urged not to continually run their taps as it is important to conserve water supplies.
The Council urges the public to stay away from frozen lakes/ponds etc. in order to avoid potential accidents.
The public are reminded to monitor Met Éireann forecasts for their area, to be aware of the weather conditions and to heed safety warnings.
PUBLIC SAFETY MESSAGE
- Keep warm
- Wear good footwear
- Check RSA (Road Safety Authority) and AA Roadwork websites for safe driving tips
- Check-in on vulnerable and elderly neighbours
The Council’s Severe Weather Co-Ordination Group will continue to meet in order to assess the developing weather situation. Further communications will issue using the Council’s various communications platforms, including website, social media etc.