Wexford’s Major Emergency Management Committee met again this afternoon to review preparations for the management of this weather event. Attendees included senior staff of Wexford County Council, An Garda Siochána and the HSE.
While current weather forecasts for County Wexford suggest that the impact of the storm may not be as severe as previously predicted, we continue to urge extreme caution and vigilance as Storm Lorenzo makes its way across the country.
Wexford County Council assures the public that all preparations are complete to deal with the situation. 35 roads crews, supported by heavy plant and equipment are in place, ready to deal with any storm-related hazards that may occur. Fire service personnel and Wexford Civil Defence crews are also on standby, while generators are in place at key water-supply locations to deal with any power cuts that might arise.
The HSE and An Garda Síochána have also put plans and resources in place to deal with any emergencies that might arise during the course of the storm.
Widespread flooding is not anticipated, although we have prepared for same and more than 5000 sandbags are stockpiled and available if required throughout the County. Flood defences have been erected in Ballyhack and New Ross.
Our main concern is wind damage – some fallen trees are likely, with the added risk of fallen powerlines, wind-blown debris etc. Drivers are urged to exercise extreme caution – expect the unexpected at all times – drive at an appropriate speed that reflects the adverse weather conditions. In the event of road closures, follow the diversion signage.
Fallen trees and other emergencies should be reported to Wexford County Council - 053 91 96000 and (after hours) to our Emergency Line 1890 666777.