2 March 2018, 11am
By Mary Bermingham
A Status Red Snow Ice Weather warning remains in place across Munster with heavy snowfalls overnight continuing in places.
Cork County Councils 24 hour emergency line on 021 480 0048 remains in operation. However due to severe weather conditions and resulting large volume of calls it may take some time to get through to an operator. Cork County Council would ask callers to remain on the line or try again to have their call answered.
Roads staff have commenced snow clearance with snow ploughs and road graders. National Roads are a priority however conditions are very difficult and are exacerbated by the continuing snowfall. The Council continues to ask members of the public to not travel. It will take some time to have roads open again.
High tide passed this morning without incident. However, due high tides, forecasted weather conditions and possible early thaw, there is a significant risk of flooding in the low lying areas of Skibbereen, Bantry, Clonakilty, Midleton and Youghal this evening (approximately 6pm) and Saturday morning (approximately 6am).
Customers experiencing water outages should contact Irish Water on 1850278278 or consult the Irish Water website for the most up to date information.
The Council’s Housing Department will respond to the impact that the severe weather may have on any person sleeping rough in the county. Cork County Council has also put a 24 hour maintenance policy into effect for council tenants. If a Council tenant experiences any difficulty they are advised to contact 021 4800048.
Further updates will issue in due course.