Motorways and national routes open, but Laois Council urges caution

Pat Somers

Reporter:

Pat Somers

Motorways and national routes open, but Laois Council urges caution

As the Orange status weather warning remains in place for the county, Laois County Council have advised that all Motorway and National routes and Priority 1 & 2 routes in Laois are now clear and operational.

However, drivers should continue to take extreme care. Certain other routes in the county are impassable and conditions on all other routes remain hazardous. Council ploughing/salting/gritting operations commenced at 6am this morning and are continuing throughout the day.

All Laois County Council outdoors crews are deployed at present, working at town centre locations and on county and local roads. Laois County Council have also engaged the support of 30 contractors to support them in their efforts to unblock as many local and county roads as possible and support the emergency services in reaching locations where incidents are arising.

Laois County Council wishes to acknowledge the support being provided by the agricultural sector and their huge efforts and contribution in removing the large volumes of snow which have accumulated on our roads.

The Council is also monitoring river levels at this time.  These levels remain low and will be monitored on a continuous basis.

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 has arranged for supplies of grit and salt to be made available at the following locations:

Salt Supply Locations:

Donaghmore Workhouse,

Borris-in-Ossory Courthouse,

Castletown Water Treatment Plant,

Camross Village,

Kiln Lane Mountrath,

Durrow RC Church,

Ballacolla GAA field,

Errill RC Church,

Clough Village,

Mountmellick Council Depot,

Clonaslee Village,

Abbeyleix Council Depot,

Portarlington, Council Depot, Link Road,

Stradbally, Council Depot, Main Street,

Graiguecullen, Council Depot, Sleaty Road.

Grit Supply Locations:

Donaghmore Workhouse

Borris-in-Ossory Courthouse

Mountmellick Council Depot

Clonaslee Village

Rosenallis

Ballyfin Grave Yard

Clonminam Ind Estate- vacant site opposite Portlaoise Turbo services 

Abbeyleix Council Depot

Ballinakill - Layby beside Cattle Mart

Portarlington, Council Depot, Link Road,

Stradbally, Council Depot, Main Street,

Graiguecullen, Council Depot, Sleaty Road

Coolrain, Ballickmoyler (Chip Depot, Opposite SB Steel, on the N80).