The Kerry Local Emergency Coordination Group met on a number of occasions throughout the night and again this morning – including the Chief Executive and senior management of Kerry County Council, the Chief Superintendent of An Garda Siochána, senior HSE management and other emergency services.
Status Red Remains
Met Éireann’s Status Red warning for Kerry remains in effect until 6pm this evening.
Council crews have been mobilised this morning to work on priority routes to ensure access for emergency services in the first instance. Those crews – with over 100 personnel on duty – are working under very difficult conditions.
Roads Very Treacherous
Road conditions remain very treacherous however and the advice of the Local Coordination Group is not to travel today unless absolutely necessary. It will take time to clear all routes and with further snowfall forecast by Met Éireann, conditions may deteriorate again later today and tonight.
Safety is Paramount
Public safety is paramount, and nobody should risk their own safety or that of others.
This Afternoon’s Update
With the Status Red weather warning still in effect for Kerry and with further snowfall and freezing conditions anticipated this evening and tonight, the Kerry Local Coordination Group is appealing to members of the public not to travel for the rest of today.
Stay off the Roads
At this stage, national primary routes in the county have been treated by County Council staff but only for the purpose of ensuring ease of access for essential emergency services. Motorists are warned to stay off the roads which are extremely dangerous – public safety is paramount, and nobody should risk their own safety or that of others.
Heed All Advice
The Group will continue to monitor the weather warnings and will issue further advisories in relation to travelling conditions tomorrow. Members of the public should heed all advice – including that for the National Emergency Coordination Office – before any travel is undertaken.
The Group thanks the public for heeding the advice issued to date. Emergency contact details are available on www.kerrycoco.ie and on social media.
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