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*** ADVERSE WEATHER EVENT *** - LATEST UPDATES

Date Released: 04 March 2018

 
 
 
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*** ADVERSE WEATHER EVENT - UPDATE 6.30PM SUN 4TH MAR ***

Meath County Council is advising school authorities that it cannot guarantee full and safe access to schools tomorrow. School authorities are advised to consider this in the risk assessment they will conduct as part of their decision to open, or not open, the school. They should consider not just the immediate area around the school, but the catchment area of the school, estates, footpaths, local roads, regional roads etc.

 

*** ADVERSE WEATHER EVENT - UPDATE 12.30PM SUN 4TH MAR ***

Public Safety Message: Roads are still in a very dangerous condition. People are asked to avoid road leisure activities such as cycling, running and walking, as crews with heavy machinery are still working to clear the road network. It is important that this work is not obstructed in any way. Motorists are advised to slow down and have due consideration for the road clearance work, and particularly until two lanes are operational on all roads.

While work is continuing to clear the rural network of roads, the Council cannot guarantee that there will be full and safe access for all vehicles tomorrow. While every effort is being made to facilitate access to schools, access to some schools on local roads may still be a problem.

 

*** ADVERSE WEATHER EVENT - UPDATE 10.00AM  SUN 4TH MAR ***

Motorists are strongly advised to drive carefully this morning as there are still hazards on roads. People are asked to stay safe and only undertake essential journeys.

There is a potential  for patches of ice in places.  Snow drifts, while cleared, could collapse during the thaw.

Crews are continuing the work to improve the road network.

Some of the regional routes are 1 lane and will be widened today, particularly commuter routes.

Attention will turn to local roads, a lot of which have extensive  drifting,  and also to housing estates and access to local schools.

Meath Fire Service and the Council’s Civil Defence crews are on standby to provide emergency assistance, if required.

 

*** ADVERSE WEATHER EVENT - UPDATE 6.30PM SAT 3RD MAR ***

Crews continued this afternoon clearing main routes, and addressing access issues for critical and medical emergencies.


Work will resume tomorrow on main routes, regional roads and the busiest local roads.

Drivers will patrol, plough and salt the designated routes at 5.00am

Motorists are asked to exercise caution on all roads even though a slow thaw has begun, and people are asked to be careful of snow falling from roofs when walking or working outside.

Fairyhouse Road is now open and passable with care.

Nobber to Kingscourt road is passable with care.

R125 Dunshaughlin to Ratoath is now passable with extreme care.

Army personnel assisted in the clearing of footpaths in Ashbourne, Stamullen, Ratoath, Athboy and Navan today, and will move to other urban areas as required tomorrow.

Access issues remain in terms of local roads and housing estates, so we would ask people to take particular care and only undertake essential journeys.

Meath Fire Service and the Council’s Civil Defence crews are on standby to provide emergency assistance, if required.

 

*** ADVERSE WEATHER EVENT - UPDATE 2.30PM SAT 3RD MAR ***

The priority today is to continue working on clearing main routes, clearing snow drifts and addressing access issues for critical and medical emergencies.

Currently working on:

- Fairyhouse Road - please avoid until cleared.
- Roads in the  Dunshaughlin, Ratoath and Dunboyne area.
- Navan to Kells road
- R125 Dunshaughlin – Ratoath is now passable with extreme care.
- Working to open the N52 to two-way traffic

Army personnel currently assisting in the clearing of footpaths in Ashbourne, Stamullen, Ratoath, Athboy and Navan and will move to other urban areas as required.

Access issues remain in terms of local roads and housing estates, so we would ask people to drive with care and only undertake essential journeys.

Meath Fire Service and the Council’s Civil Defence crews are on standby to provide emergency assistance, if required.

 

*** ADVERSE WEATHER EVENT - UPDATE 10.30AM SAT 3RD MAR ***

All national roads are open and passable. Snow ploughing and treating operations continued through the night and have resumed again this morning with concentration on all regional routes.

Crews and water caretakers mobilised from early morning. Plant hire contractors, agricultural contractors and quarry operators are also providing assistance.

Access issues remain in terms of local roads and housing estates, so we would ask people to drive with care and only undertake essential journeys.

Efforts will resume today to clear footpaths in the main urban centres and the Army will be providing assistance.

No major water services issues reported this morning.

Ratoath water supply should now be restored following disruption at the Staleen plant.

Meath Fire Service and the Council’s Civil Defence crews are on standby to provide emergency assistance, if required.

 

*** ADVERSE WEATHER EVENT - UPDATE 4.30PM FRI 2ND MAR ***

Since our last update, work has continued to clear the national and regional roads in the county. The following roads are now passable with extreme care:

N2 – fully open but just one lane north of Collon
N3 – Navan – Dunshaughlin - Dublin
N51
N52 – one lane in parts
R154 Trim to Dublin
R158 Trim – Summerhill - Kilcock
R162 Navan – Nobber - Kingscourt
R164 Kells to Athboy
R152 Duleek to Drogheda
R132 Duleek to Julianstown
R150 Julianstown to Mornington

Continuing to work on the R156 Trim to Ballivor

Salting of cleared roads is underway and the priority is to get as much done as possible in the next few hours. Another salting run is planned for 4am on treated roads.

Many local roads are still impassable and motorists are asked not to undertake unnecessary journeys.

Meath Fire Service and the Council’s Civil Defence crews are on standby to provide emergency assistance, if required.

At 4pm Met Éireann issued another Severe Weather Warning : Code Level Red for County Meath.
Snow accumulations continuing to increase significantly.
Valid from 16:01 Friday 2-March-2018 until 09:00 Saturday 3-March-2018

 

*** ADVERSE WEATHER EVENT - UPDATE 1.00PM FRI 2ND MAR ***

The following roads are cleared and passable with extreme care.

Gardaí urge motorists to remain off roads unless your journey is essential. Red status remains in place until 6pm this evening.

- N51
- R154 Trim to Dublin
- R152 Duleek to Drogheda
- R132 Duleek to Julianstown
- R150 Julianstown to Mornington
- Continuing to clear the N2 and regional roads.
- Continuing to clear towns and roads out of towns.

Power outage reported in Kilmessan

Meath County Council’s Civil Defence crews are on standby to provide assistance, if required.

Reviewing the situation throughout the day.

Next update approximately 4.30pm

 

*** ADVERSE WEATHER EVENT - UPDATE 11.00AM FRI 2ND MAR ***

Several roads impassable across the county including routes around Ashbourne, Dunboyne, Kells, Trim.

All crews deployed and snow ploughing underway to clear main roads, linkages to towns and to motorways.

Gritting of routes will start as soon as heavy snow is cleared.
Power outages reported in some areas including Navan Slane, Duleek, Julianstown.

Some disruption to water supply and water caretakers mobilised to affected areas from early morning.

Staleen plant operational following an earlier power outage.

Crisis management team reviewing the situation this morning and throughout the day.

Please heed red alert warning in place until 6pm

 

 

*** ADVERSE WEATHER EVENT - UPDATE 11.00PM THURS 1ST MAR ***

DO NOT TAKE TO THE ROADS - Conditions are deteriorating and snow is waist high on some roads in Meath; some roads are completely impassable.

A Status Red Snow-Ice Warning is currently in place for the whole country until 6pm Friday. The advice during a red weather warning is not to travel.

 

 

*** ADVERSE WEATHER EVENT - UPDATE 11.30AM THURS 1ST MAR ***

A red weather warning is now in place until 3pm tomorrow.

Snow ploughing and road clearance is continuing this morning.

Roads on the gritting network remain passable with extreme care.

At 2pm all operations will be stood down and crews will be mobilised tomorrow as soon as it is safe to do so.

People are asked to heed the warning to stay indoors during the blizzard conditions and while the red level weather alert is in place.

 
 
 
***ADVERSE WEATHER EVENT - UPDATE 4PM WED 28TH FEB ***
 
Due to the forecast of deteriorating weather conditions overnight and tomorrow and the red level warning that’s in place, Meath County Council’s public offices and facilities will remain closed tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday.
 
However, essential services will remain in place and people can make contact on 0469097000 and on 1890445335.
 
The current situation is that all roads in the county are passable and footpaths have been cleared in most of the towns.
 
Ploughing and salting of roads will continue through the night to keep main routes open.
 
Having considered the Met Éireann warning, and the likely impacts of blizzard conditions, we are advising people to remain indoors while the red level warning is in place.
 
Meath County Council’s Civil Defence crews are on standby to provide assistance, if required.
 
 

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