Update on Severe Weather Incident - 5th March 2018
A status Red Weather warning issued countrywide from Met Eireann last Wednesday night 28th February and was in effect until Friday at 3.00pm. Overnight snow and ice on Thursday night last 1st March together with strong easterly winds resulted in heavy snowfalls and drifts in the county particularly in Mid and South Roscommon. A number of roads were completely impassable due to these high snow drifts. Roscommon County Council crews started clearing primary and regional roads on Friday as soon as it was safe to do so and continued this work all over the weekend. There were a vast number of local secondary and minor roads to be cleared and presented many difficulties including narrow roads, hills and volume of snow.
Roscommon County Council would like to acknowledge the work of the Local Emergency Response team who met regularly since last Thursday morning and the staff who ensured the public were kept informed of the situation. In particular, the Council would like to acknowledge and thank all of the frontline staff who worked throughout the weekend to clear roads, and to the local contractors, farmers and numerous volunteers who spent many hours clearing snowdrifts. Thanks to the Fire Services and Civil Defence personnel who also worked all weekend with the HSE and those in need of supplies.
As of today, Monday, almost all roads are now passable with work ongoing in small isolated pockets that require more attention. There is No Weather Warning now in place for County Roscommon.