24 May 2022

Laois Severe Weather Crisis Management Team snow plan statement #beastfromtheeast

Action planned ahead of Status Orange Snow Ice

Laois County Council’s Severe Weather Crisis Management Team has issued a first statement ahead of the Status Orange snow-ice alert to hit the county this Tuesday.

The meeting on Monday February 26 at 3:30pm was attended by An Garda Siochana, HSE and all Laois County Council affected services such as Roads, Water Services, Housing, Fire Services and Civil Defence.

Kieran Kehoe is Director of Services for Transportation and Emergency Services.

"Laois County Council’s salt barns are currently full and we have further deliveries scheduled for
Wednesday and Friday of this week which will maintain the salt levels above those required. All
equipment has been serviced and is in working order ahead of the event".

"Salt and grit supplies are being delivered to the following locations:
Portlaoise (Clonminam) and to our depots in Abbeyleix, Mountmellick, Borris-in-Ossory,
Donaghmore, Portarlington, Stradbally, Graiguecullen and Maidenhead.

"In conjunction with other agencies such as HSE and An Garda Siochana we have put in place
necessary procedures to provide assistance to the public over the next week," Mr Kehoe said.

Laois Farmers are helping with delivering salt and grit supplies.

"We have been in contact with the IFA and they have agreed to provide any necessary help at remote
locations," he said.

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Updates will be given as the situation changes via the Leinster Express and the council's website, social media platforms and the Public Participation Network.

Actions have been put in place to provide resilience and ensure business continuity over the
expected prolonged severe weather event.

Laois County Council is to establish a severe weather hotline in the next few days.

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