The public is advised that Storm Ciarán will bring heavy rainfall and strong gusts of wind. These conditions, combined with saturated ground conditions, may lead to localised flooding, poor visibility and difficult driving conditions.
The Met Éireann weather warning is in place for Waterford from 7pm, Wednesday (Nov 1st) to 7am, Thursday (Nov 2nd).
Fergus Galvin, Director of Services with Waterford City and County Council has urged the public to exercise caution.
“There will be some heavy showers and longer spells of rain, and these conditions combined with the already saturated ground could lead to localised flooding. Blustery winds may also lead to fallen branches and debris on the roads, making journeys hazardous.
“We would also advise motorists to avoid driving through floods. If a road is flooded, do not attempt to drive through it and choose an alternative route, as flood waters can be deeper than they appear. Pavement and road surfaces may also be damaged beneath the flood waters.”
Motorists are reminded to be conscious of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.
Waterford City and County Council’s severe weather management team is monitoring the situation and Council ground crews are on stand-by to deal with any issues that may arise, such as localised flooding, blocked drains, and gulley overflows.
Members of the public can contact Waterford City and County Council’s Customer Services Desks on 0818 10 20 20 during normal office hours, after which calls will be transferred to the Council’s emergency services number.
Please note the following emergency contact numbers below:Emergency 999/112 Uisce Éireann 1800 278 278 ESB Networks 1800 372 999 Gas Networks Ireland 1800 205 050
Waterford City and County Council advises the public to:
- Stay away from all coastal areas for the duration of the Met Éireann warnings.
- All road users should be aware of the hazardous travelling conditions, and allow extra time for journeys.
- The public are warned electricity wires are always live, never approach. If you see fallen or damaged wires, keep clear and phone ESB Networks immediately on 1800 372 999