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Severe Weather - Status Update

Wednesday 18th October 2017 15:00

Westmeath County Council received in excess of 85 incident reports related to Hurricane Ophelia the majority of which related to fallen trees and branches.

From 6.00pm on Mon 16th Westmeath mobilised 16 crews to begin the assessment of the damage and the commencement of the cleanup operations.

Westmeath County Council has now completed the vast majority of the reported incidents and all normal services resumed. Minor works including street sweeping and some fallen trees in certain housing estates remain, however these works will be completed this week. 

Westmeath County Council appreciates your patience and co-operation over the past few days in supporting us to complete the tasks associated with the general cleanup following Hurricane Ophelia. We wish to thank the public who rang our emergency line and reported these incidents which greatly assisted Council staff in attending to them.

Monday 16th October 2017 18:30

Westmeath County Council is continuing to monitor and gauge the status red warning throughout the county. As of 6.00pm over 50 weather related calls were recorded of which the vast majority are fallen trees or branches.

Crews are currently on the ground assessing the situation and verifying the reported incidents. Crews will be mobilised at 7.00am in the morning (Tue 17th) to commence the clean-up process countywide.

Westmeath County Councils Emergency number 044 9332000 will remain open throughout this period.

Westmeath County Council appreciates your patience and co-operation to date and is grateful for your continued support.  

Again people are advised to avoid unnecessary travel during the storm period. 

Monday 16th October 2017 12:45

Having regard to the developing weather situation, the public offices of Westmeath County Council will close at 1pm for the rest of the day.    Council emergency services may be accessed via 044 9332000.
Council staff will remain focused on responding to the extreme weather situation, prioritising public safety.

Monday 16th October 2017 10:00

Following the country wide announcement of the status red warning at 8.30pm last night, Westmeath County Council made the decision to close all visitor and recreational centres and libraries in its control for Monday 16th October, 2017. In addition, all prearranged public meetings and planned works were cancelled.

The Council’s Management Team convened first thing this morning and have activated the Council’s severe weather response.  Westmeath County Council is working with An Garda Siochana to coordinate public safety in response to the unfolding situation, which will be continuously monitored throughout the day.  The Council request that everyone adhere to the advice of Met Eireann and the ESB and the National Emergency Coordination Group.  All unnecessary travel should be avoided today.

While Westmeath County Council’s offices are open for business, we request that the public limit their interaction to essential matters today Monday 16th October, 2017.  Further updates will issue as required throughout the day through our website and social media platforms.  

Sunday 15th October 2017 21:00

In the past hour the wind warning for tomorrow has been updated to Status Red for the entire country.  Please observe the advice issued by Met Eireann and the National Emergency Coordination Group for Severe Weather - see links below.

Sunday 15th October 2017 17:00

Please heed the advice of Met Eireann and the National Emergency Coordination Group for Severe Weather in light of the extreme weather conditions forecasted for tomorrow Monday 16th October.

Very strong winds are predicted making driving conditions hazardous, especially for the more vulnerable road users such as cyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and high sided vehicles. Road users should pay particular attention to the risk posed by fallen trees and flying debris.  The winds have also potential to cause structural damage and disruption to electrity supply.  

Check in on isolated and vulnerable neighbours in advance of the oncoming severe weather conditions and again after the worst of the event has passed.

The status for Westmeath is currently set at Orange but Met Eireann has advised that this may change so it is important to keep up to date with the latest weather reports.

Belvedere House Gardens & Park will be closed tomorrow Monday 16th October.

Important Links

Full text of the Statement from the National Emergency Coordination Group on Severe Weather

Full Text of Met Eireann Weather Alerts

Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 15/10/2017