Offaly bridge closed as snow storm worsens

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Justin Kelly

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Offaly bridge closed as snow storm worsens

Offaly bridge closed as snow storm worsens

Offaly County Council and Gardaí have closed the Whitehall Bridge in Tullamore due to the worsening snow storm sweeping in from the East.

Met Éireann have advised Offaly remains at Status Orange today. A Status Red comes into effect from 4pm on Thursday.

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All major routes continue to be gritted and ploughed, according to the council. They say that where resources are available footpaths in our main towns are also being cleared but they would ask all Households and Businesses to clear
footpaths and areas outside their premises of snow at an early stage to ensure the safety of the public.

As of now all roads in the County remain open apart from the following:

- Kinnitty to Mountrath road, the R440 Regional Road and the L8001-1 (across the
Slieve Blooms).
- L-4025- 1 and L-4025- 2 Kinnitty Road to Roscrea is closed in Kinnitty Village to
Brereton’s Pub.
- The Whitehall Bridge in Tullamore

Road users are advised to exercise extreme caution. Don’t travel unless absolutely necessary.

Gardaí have advised that they are prioritising and risk assessing all calls and that in the event of minor accidents where no injury arises, details should be exchanged and the accident can be reported at a later date.

Sufficient stocks of salt are in place to grit roads as per Offaly County Council’s Winter Maintenance Plan.

The Council has ensured additional emergency accommodation is available for those who need it and are working with all agencies to identify and accommodate vulnerable people.

"We would ask the public to check www.winterready.ie for advice on how to deal with potential adverse weather conditions. Please check on the elderly and isolated neighbours and friends and ensure they have adequate stocks of food, fuel and medicine," they stated.

All Council Offices, including libraries and civic amenity centres, will be closed to the public for the remainder of this week. Staff will continue to maintain essential services during this current weather event.

"We are asking all members of the public to stay indoors during the red warning on Thursday."

"Please do not endanger your own life or those of the emergency services and abide by this national advice."

The main contact number for emergencies is 057 93 46800 and our out of hours/emergency number is 1890 750 750