Laois Civil Defence volunteers come to rescue of snowbound Portlaoise A&E nurse

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

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The volunteer group who were recent heroes in Mountmellick and Portarlington floods came to the rescue again in the snow on Sunday December 11.

Laois Civil Defence were placed on standby by Laois County Council on Saturday afternoon December 9, due to the forecast for overnight snowfall in Laois of 4 to 8cm.

Their mission was to "assist any vulnerable people within the county and provide 4x4 transport for essential medical staff should it be required".

On Sunday morning the volunteers had to bring a nurse to work in Portlaoise Emergency Department.

The nurse lived in the Clonaslee area, where today a creche, primary and secondary school are all closed due to the ice and snow on roads. Read more here. 

Liam Preston from Laois Civil Defence said that his volunteers have not been needed so far today, but will help if needed.

"The main roads are all salted today, there is a slight thaw on, it is just boreens and housing estates that are still dangerous," he said, urging caution to anyone who has to travel today.

Temperatures are forecasted to drop to -4 in Laois again tonight, with more snow this week.