Cold weather update

Monday, November 29, 2010

Severe Weather Conditions – Fingal County Council Update – 3.45pm
Fingal County Council has 185 staff presently deployed in snow and ice clearing operations.
This consists of 13 staff working on gritting of motorways and the main road network. See the Fingal website for a list of Winter Salting Routes for more details.

An additional 172 staff are deployed in different towns and areas across the county. These crews are using other machinery and are working in priority areas such as entrances to fire stations, railway stations, pedestrian crossing areas, access to transport nodes and bus shelters, entrances to housing estates, entrances to burial grounds and ice breaking in town centres/populated areas.

Crews will also treat areas that fall outside these categories, but which are known from past experience to give rise to difficult driving/walking conditions due to gradients etc.
Water Services crews are on standby to deal with any problems caused by bursts/leaks in the water network.  Any updates will be posted on our Water Emergency Page on our website. 

Our Waste Collection crews will endeavour to collect refuse as normal.  In the event that we are unable to do so due to the weather conditions, we will return as soon as possible, and customers should present the bins on the following day. 

The Department of Transport have advised that people who clear snow outside their business premises or homes will not bring liability upon themselves provided they do not cause any risk in the manner by which they do so (i.e. by piling up cleared snow outside a neighbouring entrance, or causing an obstruction on a footpath).

Pedestrians and motorists are urged to exercise appropriate caution when walking/driving during snow or ice conditions, and to take note of news bulletins and weather advice from Met Eireann and AA Roadwatch. 

If you are aware of any specific local issues which the council may not otherwise be aware of, please contact me.

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