Thursday, March 08, 2018

PARTS of Co Kildare are still reeling in the aftermath of Storm Emma as snow drifts north of the county reached 15 -20 feet high in places.

In an unprecedented move, full fire crews around Kildare manned the six stations for 28 hours preparing for emergencies. Towns and villages north of the county bore the burnt of the storm with many people still stranded in their homes.

Homeless charity the Peter McVerry Trust provided 25 extreme cold weather placements on Wednesday with 11 additional places secured on Thursday. These cases were individuals who contacted the council and charity’s freephone number or people who were spotted by members of the public.

Having fun in the snow
Photo: Piotr Kwasnik

Throughout the storm Kildare Co Council’s Crisis Management Team, along with the Severe Weather Assessment Team, met to discuss and analyse the impact of the weather.

Council crews were out working each morning salting at 8.30 pm and 3.00 am, however many roads are still treacherous with large volumes of accumulated snow.

A car abandoned in Naas
Photo : Piotr Kwasnik

Kildare Co Council requested the assistance of the farming community and other qualified machinery operators to help them in their attempts to re-open impassable routes.

Throughout the week they had around 100 vehicles on the roads including 18 trucks, 30 tractor powered ploughs, a number of JCB’s and other machines. They were used to clear the regional roads and other strategic routes from first light. Assistance was particularly required in the Rathangan area and throughout North Kildare.

60 Defence Forces personnel continued to work on the ground yesterday (Monday) assisting with clearing snow in Clane, Naas and Newbridge, in particular removing accumulations of snow on footpaths and in the environs of schools.

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By Lynda Doyle
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