Longford County Council gritting crews were dispatched at 4.30am this morning and are still out as the country is gripped by the #BeastFromTheEast and #StormEmma and heading towards a Red Alert lock down.
Longford County Council crews will grit again today, at 2pm, weather permitting.
The local authority is urging people not to travel unless it is an emergency.
Longford County Council statement;
There is a status red snow and ice weather warning for the entire Country with heavy snow showers and wnds up to 100km/h. Temperatures to drop to -7C. There will be major disruption to transport services.
All Schools in County Longford are closed.
Further heavy snow showers will bring accumulations of significant levels with all areas at risk. People are being warned not to travel during Storm Emma unless it is an Emergency.
National , Regional and some Local Routes in the County, as per the Council's Winter Maintenance Plan , remain open but drivers should exercise extreme care.
Gritting Crews were dispatched at 4.30am this morning and are still out. Weather permitting crews will grit again at 2.00 pm today.
Longford County Councils Winter Service Plan identifies priority routes and details arrangements by Longford County Council to deliver Winter Maintenance in the County.
The Winter Service Plan is available on the Longford County Council Website www.longfordcoco.ie
Priority 1 and Priority 2 Routes are treated as part of normal winter service. All other routes not treated as part of the normal winter service may be treated where resources are available and weather permits.
In addition to salting operations on roads, Grit is being provided for community use at the following locations:-
Longford Barry Transport, Moneylagan
Newtownforbes Clonguish Football Complex
Lanesboro Car park beside the playground.
Ballymahon Outside the GAA pitch on the N55.
Kenagh Old Community hall, Ballymahon road.
Edgeworthstown GAA Car park, Ballymahon road.
Newtowncashel Old quarry entrance, beside the GAA pitch.
Ardagh Car park/open area behind the playground.
Moyne Moyne Chip Dump
Legga Church Carpark opposite Dromard GAA Pitch
Smear Road Ladies Road at Junction with Aughnacliffe Arva Road
Abbeylara GAA Car Park
Toome, Mullinalaghta Mc Governs
Aughnacliffe Village Open space close to Public House
Mullinalaghta GAA Carpark
Drumlish Church Car Park
Ballinamuck Gaigue Cross depot for the Village
Drumlish National School Car Park
Killoe Emmet Og GAA Car Park
Ballinalee Church Car Park
Edgeworthstown National School Car Park
Members of the public are being advised to stay indoors from 4pm today, Thursday, March 1 and to stay there until at least midday on Friday.
Longford County Council will continue to monitor weather conditions and respond as required. If members of the public wish to report an incident they can log a report on the Council's website
Our out of Hours Emergency Number is 1850 211525.
Members of the public can also ring 086 0479281, 0879281443, 086 1726928, 0868340133 in the event of not being able to contact the Out of Hours number.
Useful Contact Numbers:
Bus Eireann Tel 1850836611
Iarnrod Eireann 01 8366222
Irish Water Supply 1850278278
Gas Networkds 1850205050
Rescue Services 999/112