Senior Council staff and represenatives of An Garda Siochana met with Wexford County Council’s Crisis Management Team today to review prepardness for Storm Callum and a number of health and safety measures will be put in place.
A range of public safety issues were discussed, including flooding, road maintenance, water services, shelter for vulnerable and homeless persons, safety of piers, harbours and coastal areas, electricity supply issues, and public information.
Measures agreed include the erection of flood defence barriers in Wexford, New Ross, Arthurstown and Ballyhack, and the filling and stockpiling of 5,000 sandbags for use if required in Enniscorthy and Wexford County Council Civil Defence personnel and equipment placed on standby.
There will also be continuous cleaning of gullies and shores to minimise local flooding additional call centre staff on standby to deal with emergency calls. Fire services and local emergency crews will be placed on standby.
Additional beds will be provided at Ozanam House, Wexford, to accommodate persons currently ‘sleeping rough’ and contact with ESB Networks in the interest of continuity of electricity supply to key public infrastructure
Storm Callum and the associated Orange Weather warning is a significant weather event and the public should not be complacent in their preparations for the storm, with the most severe weather forecasted to pass through Wexford between 10 am tonight and 9 am tomorrow.
As the storm approaches, Wexford County Council offers key public information messages.
Avoid unnecessary travel, especially at the height of the storm.
If you must travel, exercise extreme caution – Expect the Unexpected – especially localised flooding, falling or fallen debris and on-coming vehicles veering across the road.
Stay away from the coast and from exposed piers, harbours and cliffs during the storm
Do not risk your own life or the lives of the emergency services who may have to attempt to rescue you, by visiting there areas.
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