Limerick roads to be gritted as 'Beast from the East' approaches

Limerick roads to be gritted as 'Beast from the East' approaches

Limerick City and Council says strategic routes across Limerick will be gritted this Thursday afternoon

Limerick City and County Council says strategic roads across the city and county will be gritted this afternoon ahead of the arrival of Storm Emma and the ‘Beast from the East’

The local authority, which convened its Severe Weather Assessment Team earlier this week, says priority will be given to the road network which carries almost 85% of Limerick’s traffic.

This includes the motorway network and other national routes.

Met Éireann extended its status red weather alert on Wednesday night and members of the public are being advised to stay indoors from 4pm this Thursday.

The council’s 15 gritting trucks have been deployed every night this week and six snow ploughs are on standby and will deployed where needed.

The Local Co-ordination Group comprising of Limerick City and County Council, the HSE, UL Hospitals and An Garda Síochána along with the Defence Forces is monitoring the situation very closely and will be in regular contact as the events unfold.

The Group is urging people to take care ahead of the extreme weather.

Limerick City and County Council Offices, including libraries and galleries will be closed to the public at 1pm.  Essential services will continue to be provided and the council can be contacted on 061 556000 or for out of hours emergencies on 061 417833.

UL Hospitals have also restricted services to essential and emergency for the period and are making contact with people for whom special arrangements and continuity of service needs to be maintained.  Anyone who has an appointment scheduled at a UL Hospital site and is in doubt can contact the relevant hospital.


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