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Cork City Council adverse weather update and advice Thursday December 23rd 2010


Staff from Cork City Council Water Directorate are currently working to restore water in the Douglas Road area following a burst pipe on the Douglas Road overnight. It is  hoped that this work will be completed by lunchtime and water restored to all homes affected.

In relation to water supplies generally in the City, Cork City Council wishes to advise that reservoir levels are being maintained at an adequate level.. There has however been an increase in calls in relation to frozen service pipes and stopcocks . Responsibility for service pipes and stopcocks rest with individual homeowners.

Cork City Council advise the public that in order to prevent incidences of frozen pipes and stopcocks the following precautionary measures should be taken;

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

      As temperatures are predicted to remain below freezing over the coming days, Cork City Council continues to work to ensure the safety of roads and footpaths for traffic and pedestrians in the city. The Council’s Roads Maintenance division will carry out full salting/gritting runs on defined routes which prioritise main traffic routes, bus routes and other areas such as those adjacent to hospitals, churches and cemeteries.

     Cork City Council will continue to make grit available free of charge to members of the public until Christmas Eve.  The collection details are as follows:-

Time:                 10am – 4.00pm 

L ocations:        North: Knocknaheeny Avenue off Harbour View Road at ex-Housing Area Office depot.

                                 Old Youghal Road: Car park adjacent to Mayfield Library

                                 Meelick Park Ballyvolane

                                  South: Roads South Depot at Ravenscourt, Skehard Road.

Loading Arrangements:

Members of the public are requested to bring their own bags/containers.

Bags / containers to be self filled but shovels will be available at the depots. People are reminded to exercise due care during the operation.

Cork City Council has been experiencing some delays in relation to household waste collection. Details will be notified by separate release and web update.

The National Roads Authority is working closely with local authorities to ensure that there are adequate salt supplies. Local authorities are carefully managing supplies to ensure that priority routes can continue to be treated for as long as freezing temperatures continue.

The Council’s Crisis Management Team met again this morning  to manage the Council’s ongoing response to the severe weather.  In spite of the challenging weather conditions Cork City Council wishes to advise that the city is fully open for business and in particular is accessible for the final shopping days before Christmas with large numbers of people travelling into the city.

The public are advised to consult and and for weather and transport updates.


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