20 May 2022

Laois County Council thank locals and Defence Forces for extra support during Storm Emma

Picture of the Owenass River in Mountmellick taken by The Hare's Corner Restaurant Facebook page.

Picture of the Owenass River in Mountmellick taken by The Hare's Corner Restaurant Facebook page.

Laois County Council has acknowledged the support of local people who helped during the ongoing severe weather event in the county.

The latest statement from Laois County Council severe weather response team acknowledges the local support.

"Laois County Council wishes to acknowledge the support of contractors, the agricultural sector, building contractors and private individuals with access to plant and machinery who supported 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.

"We also wish to acknowledge the support of 42 personnel from the Defence Forces who greatly assisted the efforts yesterday.

"The road network is currently being reviewed and we are conscious that there remain 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, to clear these blocked routes as soon as possible.

"With regard to any potential flooding risk, the Council continues to monitor river levels at this time.  These levels remain low and will be monitored on an ongoing basis.

All Laois County Council outdoors crews were working on Monday morning, mainly on county and local roads.

The focus on Sunday was on main roads, town centre locations where footpaths were cleared, as well as footpaths near schools, hospitals and medical centres across the county.

Garda update on M7 after rolling closures to clear snow.

Fog and sharp frost to driving difficulties this week - Met Éireann forecast.

Rolling road closures on M7 to clear snow ahead of Monday commute to Dublin from Laois via Kildare.

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