Cork County Council continues to deal with the aftermath of Storm Emma. Over the past 24 hours, 11 snow ploughs, 2 graders and 17 additional salt spreaders have been in operation with 300 tonnes of salt. All National Primary and Secondary Routes have been made passable with most Regional Roads and busy local routes in urban areas also passable.
Drifts remain in some locations, blocking local roads and are getting attention as the Council is made aware of them. Road crews are out again this morning treating roads and have been assisted by Cork County Council Fire crews in clearing footpaths.
The Council is aware of difficulties with some routes in the city environs and are directing additional resources in this regard. The Council is also aware of the requirements of dairy farmers and milk collections and is facilitating this insofar as resources allow.
We continue to ask members of the public to not make any unnecessary journeys and never assume that a road is safe.
While the thaw continues we also ask motorists to be aware that road surfaces may have hidden potholes due to the impact of this prolonged period of cold weather.
Barriers were erected on Flood Relief Schemes in Mallow and Fermoy as a precautionary measure. There has been little increase in the River Blackwater levels overnight. Similarly with the River Bandon. However, the Council continues to monitor this situation. The risk of high tide has abated with the tidal surge plateauing.
The Council’s 24 hour emergency line on 021 4800048 remains open.
Customers experiencing water outages should contact Irish Water on 1850 278278 or consult the Irish Water website for the most up to date information. Alternative water supplies are in place in Youghal at Holy Family Church and Dolphins Squate Carpark, and in Allihies at Cluain Court Estate.
Cork County Council services, libraries and affiliated amenities are scheduled to open tomorrow. However local arrangements may be in place particularly with regard to civic amenities sites and members of the public are advised to phone 021 4800048 to check before they travel.
Further updates will issue in due course. Please check Cork County Council’s website and twitter account for information and updates.