Laois council calls in help with snow road clearance in wake of Storm Emma as Orange alert declared

Local authority urges people to remain indoors and warns that roads could get worse

Conor Ganly

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Laois County Council Crews in Action.

The Laois emergency response team has confirmed that contractors have been brought in to help council staff clear roads after Storm Emma but also has urged the public to make unnecessary road journeys. 

With the issuing of an Status Orange weather alert for Laois by Met Éireann, Laois County Council’s Severe Weather Crisis Management Team asked to public to remain indoors, not to travel and stay safe

Asking people to 'PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL' it said weather conditions may deteriorate overnight Friday. It warns that cars getting stuck on roads impedes the efforts of the emergency services.

In an update on the roads the team said that the motorway and national routes are being treated and drivers should take extreme care.

However, the team warned that 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 continue from 6pm with primary focus on priority 1 routes so as to make every effort to maintain access across and through the County.

A statement confirmed that Laois County Council have engaged the support of contractors to support us in our efforts to unblock as many routes as possible and support the emergency services in reaching locations where incidents are arising.

LAOIS WATER SUPPLY UNDER PRESSURE

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.

Laois County Council’s Severe Weather Crisis Management Team is made up of An Garda Siochana, HSE, Midlink Motorway Services and all Laois County Council affected services such as Roads, Water Services, Housing, PPN, Fire Services and Civil Defence.