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17/10/2021

Weather Alert: Longford emergency crews out in force amid hopes worst of Storm Emma maybe over

Local authority roads staff are braving the biting gusts of Storm Emma this morning in an effort to ensure Longford's main routeways are adequately treated following another night of high winds and heavy snowfall. 

In a statement issued by Longford County Council in the past hour, a spokeswoman said it had lifted a suspension on all gritting and snow ploughing that had been in place since 3pm yesterday.

The spokeswoman said outdoor crews were specifically targeting main national routes with regional carriageways also taking precedence.

"Gritters are being deployed currently, with priority to National Routes followed by Regional Routes.

"The Council's Roads Crews are currently being deployed to deal with the clean-up," said the spokeswoman.

It comes after a public safety notice asking people to remain indoors with the onset of Storm Emma was withdrawn.

A status Red alert, however remains in place in Leinster, Munster and Galway until 6pm today, with the National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG) has warned that conditions will remain "difficult".

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