UPDATE: Louth County Council have been very busy as the weather has worsened today

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UPDATE: Louth County Council have been very busy as the weather has worsened today
LOUTH COUNTY COUNCIL UPDATE
 
Louth County Council continues to liaise with the HSE and An Garda Síochána under the Major Emergency Management structure by way of interagency conference call. 
 
Louth County Council, through that structure has led the management of assistance provision to all HSE services. Civil Defence, Irish Coastguard and Defence Forces have been tasked by the Council to provide a variety of supports such as delivery of Palliative and Home Care staff to patients and delivery of drugs in some cases.
 
Whilst there has not been any increase in snow deposit, (2000hrs) there is no doubt that the wind is rising. There is a sense also that the public are taking heed to the warning to stay indoors. 
 
A significant effort has been made to ensure that there is sufficient homeless bed-night capacity. An additional 14 beds were provided above our normal hostel capacity. All service users will also be encouraged to stay indoors for the period of the red alert.
 
Louth County Fire Service have responded to and dealt with a house fire in Dundalk. Damage was limited to a solid fuel burner and there were no injuries reported. The Fire Service has also responded to a tree and power line down in the Dunleer Area. The on call staff have responded to and dealt with a fallen tree blocking the L3215 Hackballscoss to Forkhill Road.
 
Louth County Council Staff continue to monitor the weather conditions and manage requests for assistance in a timely and safe manner. This will include plans to re-grit the key published routes as early as possible on Friday morning.