Wicklow County Council’s Severe Weather Co-ordination Group reconvened at 1 pm today (Monday) to consider and review the response of the relevant agencies to Storm Ophelia.
The following Council services remain on standby:
- Outdoor Crews
- Fire Service
- Civil Defence
Earlier warnings to the public to take great care and extreme caution during the storm remain in place.
The Council urges the public to stay away from piers, harbours and the coastline generally during this extreme weather event.
Drivers and pedestrians are strongly advised to stay off the roads. Fallen trees pose a serious risk to all road users.
The ESB is advising the public to stay away from fallen cables.
In relation to services for the homeless, Fassaroe Community Centre is open today with volunteer staff. Five Loaves Bray is working and will provide meals etc. Any costs associated with this will be borne by Wicklow County Council.
Also, in preparation for the impending storm, the Peter McVerry Trust has put a provision in place across the region to assist rough sleepers. They have designated a number of sites in Dublin city and also Michael Garry House in Newbridge, Co Kildare, as part of the emergency response. Notifications will be up on the Peter McVerry Trust website. Any individual or agency who comes across a rough sleeper should direct them to the designated locations.
The public is again reminded to monitor Met Éireann forecasts for their area and to be aware of the weather conditions and to heed safety warnings. Information is available across social media platforms and other traditional media sources.
The Council’s Severe Weather Co-ordination Group will be reconvening at 5 pm today (Mon) to further monitor the situation. An updated communication will issue following this using the Council’s various communications platforms, including website, social media etc.
Urgent calls can be directed to Wicklow County Council on 0404 20100 or after 5 pm on 01 2916 117.