There has been 2-3cm of snowfall in Waterford City & County overnight with many areas experiencing more than that. Waterford is now at “Status Orange – Snow & Ice” warning. Scattered snow showers (some heavy) will continue today, tonight and tomorrow with further accumulations likely. Daytime temperatures will remain around freezing.
A “Status Red” weather alert exists for some counties in Leinster at present. Most schools in Waterford and surrounds are closed.
Our gritting routes and their priorities can be seen on the attached map. Our priority at present is keeping the P1 and P2 routes open, and were gritted at 6pm yesterday (Tuesday) and at 4am this morning.
Routes will be gritted again today (and ploughed where necessary) at regular intervals. Most if not all of these routes are currently open and driveable with care. Priority routes include the N25, N72, Tramore Road, the Outer Ring Road and routes to and from hospitals.
We currently have teams from across the Council out gritting footpaths in the city and town centres including Waterford city centre, Tramore and Dungarvan and this will continue throughout the day. Care is needed on footpaths.
If people have particular difficulties in exiting housing estates or on hilly roads that aren’t gritted they should call Customer Services desk, we’ll prioritise the calls and get out to them as resources allow.
GRIT / SALT LOCATIONS
We use the MapAlerter service to alert subscribers to events of note, and specifically weather alerts.
CONTACTING US / EMERGENCY NUMBERS
Our phone lines are manned and remain open today. Social Media channels are manned and open. This will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, as resources and weather permits.
Waterford Council’s main number (and Out-Of-Hours number) is 0761 10 2020. For exceptional emergencies, or those not relating to Council activities, please call the National Emergency Services on 999 or 112.
COLD WEATHER INITIATIVE (ROUGH SLEEPERS)
Our ‘Cold Weather Initiative’ in Mary Street remains open for rough sleepers through to Saturday morning. This will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Service users will be made aware of same via the various service providers, as happened in previous weather events.