Louth CoCo make preparations for "severe" incoming weather

The local authority says the Civil Defence is on standby

Barry Landy

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Louth CoCo make preparations for "severe" incoming weather

Louth County Council are making preparations ahead of what is expected to be some of the most severe weather to hit Ireland in years.

The local authority say that have been in contact with An Garda Siochana, the HSE and the Civil Defence ahead of the anticipated severe weather heading for the North East. 

Met Eireann say they are anticipating a Red Weather Warning to be issued later in the week as the "Beast from the East" makes it's way from Siberia while The National Emergency Coordination Group for Severe Weather is meeting in Dublin this morning to discuss the expected heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures. 

"Louth County Council continues to monitor the situation and is making all preparations possible for the anticipated severe weather," the local authority said in a statement. "We are in contact with all relevant agencies including An Garda Siochana and the HSE and the Civil Defence have been put on standby. 

"The Director of Housing has instigated the putting in place of the cold weather response for homeless with SIMON and Drogheda Homeless Aid," it continued. 

The council have since activated its Cold Weather Response provided for its Homeless Action Plan in Dundalk. It is urging anyone sleeping rough to immediately present to Louth County Council before the predicated severe weather arrives. They can call 097 418 6000 to do so.

Council crews are being assigned to gritting footpaths, clearing snow, assisting with traffic management, water services and any other works necessary.

"Brine stations have been checked and filled as necessary and all gritter trucks are fully operational," the statement added.

For more updates, you can visit www.louthcoco.ie and follow the latest on Twitter @LouthCoCo.