Do not travel is the warning as status Red condition remains in place for Laois

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Do not travel is the warning as status Red condition remains in place for Laois

Laois County Council has advised people not to travel as a Red status weather warning remains in place for the county.

In their latest update say that people should remain indoors, do not travel and to stay safe. 

This comes amidst reports of vehicles getting stuck on roads. 

Declan Power, Chief Fire Officer noted that, "If cars, lorries and jeeps are getting stuck, they are blocking roads and then they can't be snow ploughed. People have to get off the roads," he warned. 

Laois County Council reiterated that anyone requiring the assistance of the emergency services should dial 999. The local number for the Severe Weather Communication Centre is 1890837273. Emergency shelter is available on request.

"Motorway and National routes are being treated and drivers should take extreme care. Further snowfall, freezing temperatures and drifting snow has made certain other routes in the County impassable and conditions on all other routes are extremely hazardous.

"Council ploughing /salting /gritting operations commenced this morning at 7.30am. 

"The Gardai are again urging people to avoid all unnecessary travel and if you have to go out, ensure you use appropriate transport, bring all necessary equipment with you, let someone know where you are going and a time that you are expected back; that includes farmers going out to check on animals."