Kildare's Storm Emma cleanup costs estimated at €1 million

Kildare County Council still working on rural roads this week

Paul O'Meara

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Kildare's Storm Emma cleanup costs estimated at €1 million

Kildare Co. Co. worker Jim Carroll pictured with the clean up of the footpaths in Kill village, Tuesday morning March 6. Picture: Tony Keane

A senior Kildare County Council official has estimated the bill to the local authority for responding to the conditions caused by snow and ice since last week at in the region of €1 million.

Niall Morrissey, Director of Services for Roads, Transportation and Public Safety, also added that KCC does not yet know the cost of the damage caused by the storm, which brought adverse weather conditions across the country a week ago. “We have yet to assess this,” he said.

As of last Monday, all of the main roads throughout the county were open, although in many cases were down to one lane. Kildare County Council are still making inroads into fully clearing more rural roads, and that work will be ongoing this week.

Mr Morrissey asked people in housing estates to work to clear these areas themselves.

While some residents may be waiting for the council to do this, this is not likely to happen — certainly not before all public roads, however minor, are fully available to the public again.

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The KCC official thanked the contribution of people working with the Fire Service, Ambulance Service, Civil Defence, Red Cross volunteers and the Army for their work during the snow.

There were no parking charges at all levied by KCC throughout the county during the storm, — but it has no control over privately operated car parks.

Next Saturday, KCC will allow two hours free parking in its car parks (but this doesn’t apply to on street parking) as a gesture to the retail sector. The Abbey Street car park in Naas is an exception to this decision.