Council focuses on North Kildare and Kilteel with over 100 machines at work to clear snow

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Council focuses on North Kildare and Kilteel with over 100 machines at work to clear snow

File photo of Council working in Kill last Saturday morning. Photo: Tony Keane

Kildare County Council’s Crisis Management Team incorporating the Severe Weather Assessment Team reconvened at 10.30am today to discuss and analyse the impact of the severe weather.

"Kildare County Council crews worked throughout the night and continue their work today on clearing regional roads and other strategic routes around the county. The focus is currently on roads in North Kildare and the Kilteel area where in total there
are in excess of 100 machines at work," it said.

"However many roads are still treacherous with large volumes of accumulated snow and a large number of routes in North Kildare will only have one lane open to traffic for most of today. In some cases it will be necessary to close routes to allow access for machinery to work on opening both lanes."

Sixty Defence Forces personnel are on the ground assisting with clearing snow in Clane, Naas and Newbridge today, in particular removing accumulations of snow on footpaths and in the environs of schools.

Kildare County Council are advising that road conditions in North Kildare will remain particularly challenging throughout Monday and motorists are advised to avoid all unnecessary journeys.

Employers and employees are asked to consider staggering opening and start times to reduce peak volumes of commuter traffic as well as exploring options for working from home.

Kildare County Council requests the assistance of the farming community and other qualified machinery operators in our attempts to re-open impassable routes.

Assistance is particularly required in North Kildare. 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 public are urged to conserve water supplies due to the high demand being experienced at present.

Met Eireann have issued a status Orange weather warning and a snow-ice warning for Leinster valid until 10 am on Tuesday 06 March 2018. They forecast some bright or sunny spells today but mostly cloudy with some patchy or light rain and mist.

While a thaw is happening, deep snow has accumulated in many areas with communities in Wexford, West Wicklow and North Kildare in particular being badly affected but many other areas are also severely impacted.