LATEST: Thirty tractor ploughs out clearing Kildare's regional roads since first light

Not yet clear when salting can begin again due to dangerous driving conditions

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LATEST: Thirty tractor ploughs out clearing Kildare's regional roads since first light

KCC out on the roads on Wednesday

Thirty tractor powered ploughs have been attempting to clear the regional roads throughout Kildare since first light this morning and as driving conditions are extremely dangerous, it is difficult to determine exactly when salting will recommence, according to Kildare County Council.

The council's Crisis Management Team incorporating the Severe Weather Assessment Team reconvened this morning at 9.15am to discuss and analyse the impact of the severe weather last night and the anticipated weather conditions for the day ahead.  

Defence Forces staff in conjunction with Kildare County Council staff are attempting to clear footpaths and entrances leading to critical services such as the hospitals.

Where possible the Fire Service and Civil Defence are attempting to assist An Garda Siochana, the Health Services and other care services to deal with emergency situations.

Water Services continue to monitor the water infrastructure in Kildare.

The local authority said the main concern at national level remains the forecast for a RED Level warning which is in place for snow with strong easterly winds for Munster, Leinster and County Galway until 18.00 today.

"While the blizzard conditions have passed and the public safety advice to shelter indoors is withdrawn the conditions are and will remain very difficult and the public are advised to continue to exercise high levels of caution for their own safety in the extreme cold, accumulated snow and icy conditions underfoot.  In particular people are requested not to use the roads," it said.

"In particular pedestrians walking on roads are impeding rescue vehicles and causing these vehicles to leave the road. The public are requested to stay off the roads."

Please review the Winter Ready Booklet on its website for useful information.

The public are again encouraged to check on vulnerable neighbours.

The Peter McVerry Trust, on behalf of Kildare County Council have put the Cold Weather Initiative for the county into operation to provide shelter for people sleeping rough during the severe weather conditions and the Freephone Number for this service is 1800 804 307 and is operational at all times.  

Kildare County Council’s Crisis Management Team will reconvene this afternoon at 3pm, or earlier if necessary, and further updates will be published on its website, Facebook and Twitter.

Please note that all Kildare County Council offices and libraries are closed and will re-open at 9 am on Monday March 5.  

If you need to contact Kildare County Council for urgent matters please telephone: 1890 500 333

Homeless Service – telephone 1800 804 307