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Cork City Council severe weather update and salting programme Wed 1st Dec.


In light of the continuing cold weather Cork City Council has been working to ensure the safety of roads and footpaths for traffic and pedestrians in the city.

Cork City Council’s Roads Maintenance division carried out full salting runs for the last four nights on defined salting routes which prioritise main traffic routes, bus routes and other areas such as those adjacent to hospitals, universities and schools.  Footpaths and bridges are also salted especially in the city centre in areas of greatest pedestrian movement.

Currently all Roads Maintenance crews are undertaking salting and gritting operations on footpaths and roads throughout the city and are responding to reports of ice at specific locations.  These operations will continue throughout the day and it is anticipated at this time that there will another full salting run this evening. The City Council has sufficient supplies of salt and grit in stock for the foreseeable future.

The Crisis Management Team  of Cork City council met again today (Wed, Dec 1st  ) and will continue to monitor conditions and take appropriate action.

Cork City Council advises you to continue to follow best practice in the prevailing conditions as earlier advised and ask that you check on elderly or infirm neighbours who may be affected by the conditions.

General Advice:

  • Listen to local radio. Check Weather Forecasts
  • Be careful when walking or driving in cold conditions — it may have turned to ice.
  • Check on vulnerable neighbours.
  • Wear good footwear to avoid slips, trips and falls

Driving : 

  • Listen to local radio for prevailing road conditions and check
  • Avoid travelling in hazardous conditions.
  • If you have to make a journey when snow is forecast, try to wait until the roads have been gritted before travelling. Drivers should adjust speed to suit the weather conditions. Black ice poses a particular hazard as it may not be visible to motorists and pedestrians.
  • Allow extra time and drive with caution. Let someone know your route and when you expect to arrive.    

To avoid Frozen Pipes:  

  • Wrap a towel around an outside tap. Leave a light on in the attic.
  • Open Attic trap door to allow heat in. Leave heating on longer than normal.
  • Place a piece of insulation e.g. carpet/matting over your external stopcock.

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