Louth County Council suspend all gritting services
Louth County Council has suspended gritting services ahead of the expected worsening of conditions later today.
The decision means roads will not be treated until at least 3pm tomorrow, with the clearing of footpaths in Dundalk, Drogheda and Ardee also halted.
In a statement this morning the local authority encouraged people to adhere to the national warnings not to leave their homes while the red weather warning is in place.
The statement said: “The Chief Executive of Louth County Council, Joan Martin convened a meeting of statutory agencies this morning Thursday 1st March. Representatives from An Garda Síochána and the Health Services Executive joined senior members of the Local Authority to review plans for the respective agencies in light of the revised Red Status warning that is now extended to 1500 hrs on Friday 2nd March.
“A decision was published yesterday Wednesday 28th February to close all Local Authority Offices. Gritting Crews continued to operate during the night and used a total of 220 tonne or rock salt gritting an aggregate of 1780 kilometres of National, Regional and town centre roads. Outdoor teams re-commenced the clearing of footpaths in Dundalk, Drogheda and Ardee. This service has now been suspended due to the worsening conditions.
“All Services will now be suspended with Gritting Services hopefully resuming at 1500 hrs on Friday 2nd March. Crews and contractors will be deployed on Saturday 3rd March at 0900hrs to commence clearing of footpaths.
“Traders and Property owners are encouraged to clear footpaths outside their own properties when it is safe to do so.
“Louth County Council advise all communities to adhere to the national and local warnings and not venture out until at least the red status warning is reduced.”