Storm Emma recovery operation continues in Laois with council crews at work from 4am Sunday

Some 50 roads cleared on Saturday but work continues on clearing other routes

Conor Ganly

Reporter:

Conor Ganly

snow STORM EMMA BEAST FROM THE EAST

Snow last Thursday in Mountmellick. Pic Denis Byrne

Laois County Council crews were out from 4am on Sunday morning clearing Storm Emma snow from roads as part of the continuing recovery operation which saw more than 50 blockages cleared on Saturday.

In its latest update the council said 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.

It also urged continued caution on roads and appealed to the public to be patient as crews get to roads that remain impassable.

"Certain other routes in the county are impassable and conditions on all other routes remain hazardous. Council ploughing / salting /gritting operations commenced at 4am this morning.

"All 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 us in our efforts to unblock as many local and county roads as possible and support the emergency services in reaching locations where incidents are arising.

"More that 50 locations on roads which were fully and/or partially blocked were cleared yesterday across the County. 

"We are conscious that there are locations on some local minor roads where roads remain blocked due to large snow accumulations. We ask for your continued patience as Laois County Council crews endeavour, with the support of  contractors and the Defence Forces personnel, to clear these blocked routes as soon as possible," it said.

The council said personnel from the Defence Forces are also assisting with the clearance of footpaths in town centre locations and footpaths near schools all across the County.

"Laois County Council also 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," said a statement.

Met Éireann's latest Status Orange Weather Warning includes an alert about flood risks in 'mountainous catchments and urban areas most affected'.

"The Council continues to monitor river levels at this time. These levels remain low and will be monitored on an ongoing basis," said a statement from the council.

If you require the assistance of the emergency services the council advises to please dial 999. The local number for the Severe Weather Communication Centre is 1890837273. Emergency shelter is available on request.

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

It also requests the public to 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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