Laois motorways and main roads open but hazardous - warns Laois emergency response team

Laois County Council’s Severe Weather Crisis Management Team meets in Portlaoise

Conor Ganly

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Conor Ganly

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beastfromtheeast STORM EMMA SNOW WEATHER

M7 motorway near The Heath, Portlaoise.

Laois County Council’s Severe Weather Crisis Management Team has agreed a number of actions on foot of the severe weather brought about by the Beast from the East and Storm Emma.

The team met today at 10.30am and 2.30pm in Portlaoise. The meeting was attended by An Garda Síochána, HSE, Midlink Motorway Services and all Laois County Council affected services such as Roads, Water Services, Housing, PPN, Fire Services and Civil Defence.

There is a current Orange status warning for Co Laois but weather conditions are anticipated to get considerably worse, and by 4pm tomorrow a Status Red warning will be in effect.

Substantial snow overnight Tuesday blanketed Laois. There were more heavy falls between 9am and 11am.  

The following actions were agreed at the meeting:

The Severe Weather Coordination Centre has been established in Laois County Council with representatives from Laois County Council, An Garda Síochána and Health Services Executive basing their response teams in Áras an Chontae.

Please be advised if you require the assistance of the emergency services please dial 999. The local number for the Severe Weather Communication Centre is 1890837273. Emergency shelter is available on request.

"At present all our national roads and motorway routes remain open, however motorists should exercise caution. Heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures has made conditions on all other routes hazardous," said the statement.

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Above Laois Fire & Rescue Service staff clear snow at Portlaoise Fire Station.

The team said R440 road over the Slieve Bloom mountains is closed from the Cattle Mart on Rushin Road , Mountrath to Kinnitty village (exact location available from Offaly County)  until further notice.  

View map here http://www.laois.ie/wp- content/uploads/ R440RoadClosure.pdf

The R430 from Graiguecullen to Abbeyleix is extremely hazardous. Motorists are strongly advised to use alternative routes.

The  team asks the public to check www.winterready.ie/en for information and advice on how to deal with potential adverse weather conditions affecting homeowners, businesses, farming community etc. 

Please also check on the elderly and isolated neighbours and friends and ensure they have adequate stocks of food and fuel.

For Further Information please visit www.laois.ie

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