Clare County Council says it’s confident that it has “ample” supplies of rock salt to treat the County’s road network during this week’s cold spell.
1,300 tonnes of rock salt are currently in storage at the local authority’s Depot/Maintenance facility at Beechpark, and a further 500 tonnes are available if needed.
It means the Council will be able to salt the county’s busiest routes on 24 separate occasions, but many local routes will be untreated.
Council Engineer Tom Tiernan has been outlining just how bad the weather conditions here could become:
Met Eireann’s Evelyn Cusack has given the latest update on conditions this morning:
The worst of the weather’s not due until Thursday when Storm Emma could bring blizzard conditions.
The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says people should pay heed to the weather warnings:
Meanwhile, it’s claimed leaving grit-filled boxes near rural primary schools will give remote parts of Clare a chance to grit their own roads rather than have to wait around.
Independent Councillor PJ Ryan says that using schools as a central point would mean rural communities can get to action in cold weather rather than wait for the national roads to be sorted: