#OPHELIA: Road safety alert warns Limerick roads will be 'treacherous' after storm

The storm conditions caused this tree to come down on the Condell Road on Monday. The RSA is warning about driving conditions Picture: Michael Cowhey

The storm conditions caused this tree to come down on the Condell Road on Monday. The RSA is warning about driving conditions Picture: Michael Cowhey

A ROAD safety alert has warned that roads across Limerick will remain ‘treacherous’ in the aftermath of Hurricane Ophelia.

The Road Safety Authority issued the alert late this Monday evening as the storm winds subsided in Limerick, leaving dozens, if not hundreds, of fallen trees on roads in its wake.

The RSA is advising people that they need to remain vigilant in the aftermath of the storm and “expect the unexpected as many roads will be treacherous”.

“When storm Ophelia has passed the danger to road users will still be present. Many roads around the country will be blocked and treacherous with downed trees, branches and pylons.

“Council workers and emergency services will be out clearing these routes and people need to anticipate encountering these scenarios when using the roads,” said a spokesperson.

“Pedestrians and cyclists should be aware of potential hazards. The severe winds may have loosened roof tiles and other objects from buildings and these may still pose a potential risk. Be aware of what’s happening above you and stay clear from the edges of buildings.

“Leaves on footpaths and the road sides will make for slippery conditions.”

The RSA added: “Most importantly road users need to obey any road closures or detours that An Garda Síochána or Local Authorities put in place.”