UPDATE: Decision on Kildare road crews to be assessed at 1pm due to forecasted blizzards

Snowploughs out on roads three times last night and again at 10.30am this morning

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Decision on Kildare road crews to be assessed at 1pm due to forecasted blizzards

Boston Hill, Rathangan this morning

A risk assessment is to be carried out by Kildare County Council at 1pm as to whether road work crews will be allowed to remain on duty with forecasted blizzard conditions due to arrive later this afternoon.

Kildare County 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 over night and the anticipated weather conditions for the day ahead.  

The roads crews gritted and ploughed the roads on three occasions last night and recommenced operations at 10.30 this morning.

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“Currently we have nine snowploughs in operation, in conjunction with 20 privately contracted ploughs and ploughs supplied by the Defence Forces. This work will continue as long as weather conditions allow,” it said.

“In addition Civil Defence are using seven four wheel drive vehicles to assist health service staff reach their place of work, to aid members of the public in difficulty and to ensure Kildare County Council truck drivers and members of An Garda Siochana can get to their places of work.”  

The council said Kildare Fire Service staff will remain in the six stations throughout the county from 2pm today until 2pm tomorrow to be available to respond to emergency calls.

Water Services continue to monitor the water infrastructure in Kildare and have not experienced any major issues so far.

The local authority said the main concern at national level remains the forecast for tonight and tomorrow.

Blizzard conditions will develop from the south Thursday afternoon and evening as heavy snow and strong easterly winds bring snow drifts northwards over the country.  Met Eireann has issued a RED LEVEL WARNING which is in place until 3pm on March 2.

The National Emergency Coordination Group is urging people to stay indoors while the red warning is in place.

Motorists are urged to avoid any unnecessary journeys.  Please review the Winter Ready Booklet 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 evening at 6pm and further updates will be published on its website, Facebook and Twitter.

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

Homeless Service – telephone 1800 804 307

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