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Road Alert // Flooding due to heavy rainfall

  • Spot Flooding on Waterford to Dunmore East Road R686 – Drive with caution on all roads today.
  • Flooding reported on the R673 – approach road to Ardmore, Co. Waterford.

  • Spot flooding also reported on the R675 Coast road between Dungarvan and Tramore.

  • Spot flooding at the Sweep, Kilmeaden and on approach to Kill village.

With high tide due this evening, already saturated ground and rainfall due to persist until approx. 10pm, motorists are advised to exercise caution, expect that there may be standing water on some roads, reduce speed and be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists.

Sign up to MapAlerter for latest free text updates.Waterford City and County Council crews are in attendance.

 

Storm Kathleen – Orange Wind warning issued for Waterford

Storm Kathleen - Orange Wind warning issued for Waterford

The public is advised that Storm Kathleen will bring gale force southerly winds, with some severe and damaging gusts.

Accordingly, Met Éireann has issued a Status Orange Wind warning for Waterford from 07:00 Saturday, April 5th to 14:00 Saturday, April 5th.

Waterford City and County Council’s severe weather management team attended a virtual Met Éireann Technical Briefing this morning and is advising the public that Storm Kathleen is expected to bring disruption throughout tomorrow that will may have an impact further into the weekend.

The public are advised to stay away from coastal areas during this period. The Irish Coast Guard are appealing to people to “Stay Back, Stay High, Stay Dry”.   Strong winds can make driving conditions hazardous, especially for the more vulnerable road users, e.g., cyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and high sided vehicles. Road users should pay particular attention to the risk posed by fallen trees and flying debris as trees are in full leaf.

There is a potential for tidal flooding in coastal areas, especially in Southern and Eastern counties. In addition to this, the storm may also bring localised heavy showers, which in turn may lead to surface flooding in urban locations.   People are advised to prepare for the arrival of the storm including ensuring their mobile phone is fully charged to enable communication.     Never drive through flooded roads, the depth of the water can be deceiving.

Monitor Met Éireann forecasts and/or visit https://www.met.ie/ for the most up to date information. Information is available across social media platforms and other news media sources.  ESB Networks is highlighting the dangers posed by fallen live wires and is advising the public and the emergency services to stay away from these fallen cables and to report such cases to it immediately. ESB Emergency Services can be contacted at 1850 372 999. The public can monitor www.PowerCheck.ie, in regards to power restoration times.

Gabriel Hynes, Senior Engineer with Waterford City and County Council has urged the public to exercise caution.

“Met Éireann has advised that Storm Kathleen will bring severe and damaging gusts.  The strong winds will also lead to fallen trees and branches, and debris on the roads, making journeys hazardous. With coastal water levels high there may also be a risk of wave overtopping.”

Waterford City and County Council’s severe weather team will continue to monitor the situation.  Members of the public can contact Waterford City and County Council’s Customer Services Desks on 0818 10 20 20 during normal office hours after which calls will be transferred to the Council’s emergency services number.

Please note the following emergency contact numbers below:
Emergency 999/112
Uisce Éireann 1800 278 278
ESB Networks 1800 372 999
Gas Networks Ireland 1800 205 050

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Road Safety Weather Alert – Orange and Yellow Weather Warnings for Storm Jocelyn

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is asking road users to exercise caution while using the roads on Tuesday 23 January and Wednesday 24 January as Met Éireann have issued Orange and Yellow Weather Warnings for Storm Jocelyn which will bring very strong southwest to west winds with severe and damaging gusts.

The Orange Wind Warnings are for Donegal from 6pm Tuesday to 2am Wednesday and for Galway and Mayo from 5pm Tuesday to 12am Wednesday. There will be very strong southwest to west winds with severe and damaging gusts and this has the potential to cause to cause very large coastal waves with wave overtopping, very difficult travelling conditions, fallen trees and damage to power lines and damage to already weakened structures.

The Yellow Wind Warnings are for Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo from 12pm Tuesday to 5am Wednesday and for Clare, Kerry, Galway, Mayo from 10am Tuesday to 2am Wednesday and for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Cork, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford, Roscommon from 2pm Tuesday to 2am Wednesday where there will be very strong and gusty southwest to west winds with potential impacts of large coastal waves with wave overtopping, difficult travelling conditions and debris, loose objects becoming displaced.

Road users in areas affected by the Orange Warning are advised to check local traffic and weather conditions before setting out on a journey.

The following advice is being given to road users on foot of the weather warnings. Motorists:

  • Drivers need to slow down and allow a greater braking distance between themselves and the vehicle in front in wet weather conditions. This is especially important on high-speed roads such as dual carriageways and motorways where there is increased danger of aquaplaning.
  • Take special care when driving behind goods vehicles, as they generate a considerable amount of spray, which reduces your visibility. Hold back to where you can see their mirrors.
  • If the road ahead is flooded, choose another route. Do not attempt to drive through it. Flooded roads that appear shallow could be deeper than you think. The verge may have subsided and there may also be trees or branches that have fallen that may not be visible.
  • Road users should always follow recommended routes and obey signs closing roads to traffic that have been put there by the local council or An Garda Síochána.
  • After going through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance – this helps to dry the brakes.
  • Be Safe. Be Seen. Drive with dipped headlights at all times to ensure that you are visible and that you can see other road users.
  • Beware of objects being blown out onto the road. Expect the unexpected.
  • Watch out for falling / fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road.
  • Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High-sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds
  • Drivers should allow extra space between themselves and vulnerable road users such as people cycling and motorcyclists as they may be blown off course by strong winds.

Advice to Pedestrians, people cycling, and motorcyclists:

  • Walk on the right-hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths.
  • People cycling should ensure that they and their bike are visible to other road users by investing in a good set of front and rear lights (white at the front, red at the back) and by wearing clothes that help you be seen on your bike. Consider wearing high visibility material.
  • Take extra care when crossing the road or cycling in extremely windy conditions, as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
  • Be Safe. Be Seen. Visibility and light are reduced in poor weather conditions. Keep safe by making sure you can be seen. Wear bright clothing and consider wearing high visibility material.

For advice on severe weather driving tips, please see severe weather advice on the RSA website or check out the RSA Facebook and Twitter pages.

Please also see our severe weather warning videos created in collaboration with Teresa Mannion here.

See advice for driving on flooded roads here and some advice on driving in strong winds here.

For more weather updates, visit Met Eireann’s website: www.met.ie

Met Éireann Cold Weather Advisory warning issued for Ireland

With a Met Éireann Cold Weather Advisory currently in place for the whole of Ireland until 12pm, Friday January 19th, the possible impacts of these conditions include sharp to severe frost with icy stretches on roads.

Gabriel Hynes, Senior Engineer with Waterford City and County Council has advised that Waterford City and County Council ground crews are treating all Priority One and Two roads.

“Waterford City and County Council ground crews have attended to the Priority One and Two road network, and gritting will continue on these Priority One and Two roads for the duration of the cold weather advisory warning.  The crews are also attending to salting Priority Three roads as and when resources allow.

“Waterford City and County Council currently has ample salt stocks to treat these roads for the duration of the cold spell.  With 1,500 tonnes of salt in reserve at our yards in Waterford city and Dungarvan, this meets a two-week demand of severe weather, with salt being drawn from the National Depots in Cahir and Bellview as required to maintain this two-week supply.”

Gabriel urged motorists to exercise caution on their journeys, “We would advise motorists to reduce speed and leave extra distance between you and the vehicle in front, as there is the risk of black ice and frost on the roads.

“Please allow extra time for any journey and be conscious of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.”

Waterford City and County Council’s severe weather management team is monitoring the situation and a map of winter maintenance routes can be found at:

https://www.waterfordcouncil.ie/departments/roads-parking/severe-weather.htm

Members of the public can contact Waterford City and County Council’s Customer Services Desks on 0818 10 20 20 during normal office hours, after which calls will be transferred to the Council’s emergency services number.

Met Éireann Cold Weather Advisory and Status Yellow Low Temperature warnings issued for Ireland

A Met Éireann Status Yellow Low Temperature / Ice Warning has been issued for Ireland and is in place until 10am tomorrow (9th January), while a Cold Weather Advisory is currently in place and will remain in effect until 10.30pm on Friday, January 12th.

The possible impacts of these conditions include black ice and frost on the roads and dense fog at times leading to hazardous / dangerous travelling conditions.

Gabriel Hynes, Senior Engineer with Waterford City and County Council has urged the public to exercise caution.

“There have been incidences of black ice and frost reported on roads in Waterford County.  Waterford City and County Council ground crews have attended to the Priority One and Two road network, and gritting will be undertaken as required on these Priority One and Two roads for the duration of the cold weather advisory warning.  The crews are also attending to salting Priority Three roads as and when resources allow.

“We would advise all motorists to exercise caution on their journeys, reduce speed and leave extra distance between you and the vehicle in front, as there is the risk of black ice and frost on the roads.

“Please allow extra time for any journey and be conscious of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.”

Waterford City and County Council’s severe weather management team is monitoring the situation and a map of winter maintenance routes can be found at:

https://www.waterfordcouncil.ie/departments/roads-parking/severe-weather.htm

Members of the public can contact Waterford City and County Council’s Customer Services Desks on 0818 10 20 20 during normal office hours, after which calls will be transferred to the Council’s emergency services number.

Please note the following emergency contact numbers below:
Emergency 999/112
Uisce Éireann 1800 278 278
ESB Networks 1800 372 999
Gas Networks Ireland 1800 205 050

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Status Yellow Thunderstorm Warning for Munster

A Met Éireann Yellow Thunderstorm warning is currently in place for Waterford until 21:00 this evening (Thursday, December 28th).

The possible impacts of these conditions include power outages, hazardous travelling conditions and localised flooding.

Gabriel Hynes, Senior Engineer with Waterford City and County Council has urged the public to exercise caution.

“Our ground crews are attending to a number of fallen trees and roads blocked as a result of yesterday’s Status Orange weather event.  While the worst of the weather has passed, the current thunderstorm warning is expected to bring some scattered thunderstorms and spells of rain, which could lead to localised and spot flooding.  These conditions combined with fallen branches and debris on the roads will make travel hazardous.”

“We would also advise motorists to avoid driving through floods.  If a road is flooded, do not attempt to drive through it and choose an alternative route, as flood waters can be deeper than they appear. Pavement and road surfaces may also be damaged beneath the flood waters.”

Motorists are reminded to be conscious of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.

Waterford City and County Council’s severe weather management team is monitoring the situation and Council ground crews are on stand-by to deal with any issues that may arise, such as localised flooding, blocked drains, and gulley overflows.

Members of the public can contact Waterford City and County Council’s Customer Services Desks on 0818 10 20 20 during normal office hours, after which calls will be transferred to the Council’s emergency services number.

Please note the following emergency contact numbers below:
Emergency 999/112
Uisce Éireann 1800 278 278
ESB Networks 1800 372 999
Gas Networks Ireland 1800 205 050

Waterford City and County Council advises the public to:

  • Stay away from all coastal areas for the duration of the Met Éireann warnings.
  • All road users should be aware of the hazardous travelling conditions, and allow extra time for journeys.
  • The public are warned electricity wires are always live, never approach. If you see fallen or damaged wires, keep clear and phone ESB Networks immediately on 1800 372 999

#StormAgnes update

Multiple reports of fallen trees, localised flooding & surface water across the county:
-Tree down within Rathgormack Village along the R678 near Ballythomas road junction (L3058), please drive with extreme caution.
-L4022 – road flooded between Carrolls Cross and Portlaw at Ballyshunnock, Kilmacthomas
-R675 Clonea Road, Dungarvan is closed on approach to Seapark entrance. Please use alternative routes until Roadway is cleared
-Spot flooding on R680 Kilmeaden to Carrick-on-Suir road
-Tree fallen along R675 Clonea Road Dungarvan adjacent to entrance to Seapark
Our crews are working hard to resolve these issues.

Status Orange Weather Warning for Waterford

The public is advised that Storm Agnes will bring spells of heavy and occasionally intense rain, combined with strong and gusty winds.  The wind warning is valid from 9am until 5pm, with the rain warning valid from 9am to 3pm today (Wednesday, September 27th).

The OPW has advised that there will be a period of storm surge and Highest Astronomical Tide (HAT) are expected to be exceeded in areas around the coast during this period.

Storm surge around Waterford Estuary is forecast to be significant and in the range of approximately 60cm and this will coincide with astronomical spring tides close to Highest Astronomical Tide.

Kieran Kehoe, Director of Services with Waterford City and County Council has urged the public to exercise caution.  “With the possibility of severe winds and localised and coastal flooding, driving conditions will be difficult, there is the risk of localised flooding, fallen trees and branches and poor visibility, all which will make journeys hazardous.

“Waterford City and County Council’s severe weather management team is monitoring the situation, and ground crews are on stand-by to deal with any issues that may arise.  We would urge the public to heed all public safety advice and avoid unnecessary journeys until Storm Agnes has receded.”

Members of the public can continue to contact Waterford City and County Council’s Customer Services Desks on 0818 10 20 20 during normal office hours after which calls will be transferred to the Council’s emergency services number.

Please note the following emergency contact numbers below:
Emergency 999/112
Uisce Éireann 1800 278 278
ESB Networks 1800 372 999
Gas Networks Ireland 1800 205 050

Waterford City and County Council advises the public to:

  • Stay away from all coastal areas for the duration of the Met Éireann warnings
  • All road users should be aware of the hazardous travelling conditions, and only necessary journeys should be undertaken.
  • The public are warned electricity wires are always live, never approach. If you see fallen or damaged wires, keep clear and phone ESB Networks immediately on 1800 372 999

Severe Weather Warning for Rain for Waterford

Severe Weather Warning for Rain for Waterford

Alert message from Met Eireann:From this afternoon (Thursday) to Friday evening, persistent and heavy rain will lead to localised flooding, poor visibility and difficult travelling conditions.

  • Event: Orange Rain
  • Severity: Orange
  • Valid from: Thu. 14/09 @ 4PM
  • Valid to: Fri. 15/09 @ 6PM
  • Affected Areas: Cork, Waterford

Agencies call for caution at waterways during warm weather weekend

As a warm weather spell continues across Ireland, the Irish Coast Guard, Water Safety Ireland, and the RNLI are appealing to the public to be attentive to their personal safety when engaging in any water or coastal activities.

The appeal comes as sea temperatures have reached a seasonal high and many people will be tempted to go for a late summer swim. An average of nine people drown every month nationwide and the organisations are urging the public to be mindful of the following advice during the current spell of warm weather.

  1. Never swim alone and ensure that somebody ashore is monitoring your activity.
  2. Only swim in areas with which you are familiar.
  3. Swim within your depth and stay within your depth.
  4. Where possible choose lifeguard protected beaches. Lifeguards will be patrolling blue flag beaches throughout the weekend. If you are swimming elsewhere, swim in areas that are known locally as safe and where there are ring buoys present for rescues. Ask for local knowledge to determine local hazards and safest areas to swim. Pay attention to any safety signage.
  5. Always supervise children closely and never leave them alone near water.
  6. Never use inflatable toys in open water as a gentle breeze can quickly bring a person away from shore.
  7. Make sure that the water’s edge is shallow shelving so that you can safely enter and exit.
  8. The air temperature is warm but open water is cooler than air – avoid extended stays in the water as your muscles will cool, making swimming more difficult.
  9. Alcohol is a factor in one third of drownings. Do not mix it with water activities.
  10. To escape a rip current, swim parallel to the shore and then swim back ashore at an angle.
  11. If you see somebody in trouble in the water: SHOUT – REACH – THROW
    1. SHOUT to calm, encourage and orientate them;
    2. REACH with anything that prevents you from entering the water (clothing/stick);
    3. THROW a ring buoy or any floating object to them.
  12. If you experience difficulty  in the water, FLOAT TO LIVE. Tilt your head back with ears submerged, relax and try to control your breathing. Move your hands to help you stay afloat.
  13. When boating, always wear a correctly fitting lifejacket or Personal Flotation Device  and have to hand a VHF radio and a fully charged mobile phone in a waterproof pouch.

If you see somebody in trouble in the water or along the coast, or think they are in trouble, dial 112 or use VHF radio Channel 16 and ask for the Coast Guard

Enquiries to: Water Safety Ireland, The Long Walk, Galway. info@watersafety.ie / www.watersafety.ie; Tel: 091-564400; Joanne Walsh 087-199.0339 / joannewalsh@watersafety.ie; Roger Sweeney 087-678.9601 / rogersweeney@watersafety.ie ; Padraig Judge 087-459.0156 / padraigjudge@watersafety.ie

Severe Weather Warning (Status Orange) for Waterford

 

A Status Orange Weather Warning has been issued for Waterford, with wind and heavy rain on Friday evening into Saturday morning.  The public is advised that Storm Betty will bring south to southwest gales with severe gusts of up to 130km/hr.  The warning is valid from 9pm (Friday, August 18th) until 3am (Saturday, August 19th).

The OPW has advised that there will be a period of storm surge and Highest Astronomical Tide (HAT) are expected to be exceeded.

The Prom in Tramore will be closed from 2pm this afternoon until further notice.  Davitt’s Quay Carpark, The Look Out, Castle Street Carpark and The Pond in Dungarvan will all be closed from 5pm this evening and Waterford City and County Council is advising the public to ensure no cars are left in these car parks overnight as they are at risk of coastal flooding.

Waterford City and County Council is in the process of erecting all appropriate flood defence barriers in Waterford City and Passage East and the situation is being actively monitored.

Fergus Galvin, Director of Services with Waterford City and County Council has urged the public to exercise caution.  “With the possibility of severe winds and localised and coastal flooding, driving conditions will be difficult.  We would urge the public to heed all public safety advice and avoid unnecessary journeys until the storm has receded. Keep away from coastal areas and stay back, stay high and stay dry.”

Members of the public can continue to contact Waterford City and County Council’s Customer Services Desks on 0818 10 20 20 during normal office hours after which calls will be transferred to the Council’s emergency services number.

Please note the following emergency contact numbers below:
Emergency 999/112
Uisce Éireann 1800 278 278
ESB Networks 1800 372 999
Gas Networks Ireland 1800 205 050

With severe winds predicted Waterford City and County Council advises the public to:

  • Stay away from all coastal areas for the duration of the Met Éireann warnings
  • All road users should be aware of the hazardous travelling conditions, and only necessary journeys should be undertaken
  • The public are warned electricity wires are always live, never approach. If you see fallen or damaged wires, keep clear and phone ESB Networks immediately on 1800 372 999

High Astronomical Spring Tides

The OPW has advised that there will be a period of surge on top of very high astronomical Spring Tides that are approaching Highest Astronomical Tide (HAT) in all coastal areas, commencing Tuesday March 21st until Wednesday March 22nd 2023. 

It is expected that HAT levels will be exceeded in many areas around the coast during this period. Storm surge levels are predicted to significantly increase in coastal areas from Tuesday 21st March .

With localised flooding anticipated, Waterford City and County Council will deploy flood barriers in Waterford City and Passage East.

The following car parks are at risk of flooding and as a precautionary measure, will be closed to the public from mid-afternoon today (Tuesday, March 21st) until 0800 tomorrow (Wednesday, March 22nd)

  • Davitt’s Quay
  • The Pond
  • The Lookout
  • Castle Street Carpark

Waterford City and County Council advises the public to stay away from exposed piers, harbours and sea walls as there is a risk of wave over-topping.

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Weather Warnings – please drive with care

With weather in Waterford turning cold and windy tonight Thursday, into Friday, with falls of rain and sleet expected, it will give rise to poor visibility and hazardous road conditions, especially on untreated roads.

Please drive with extreme caution, particularly between 0700 and 1000 on Friday, March 10th.  We will be treating all our marked routes beginning at 8pm this evening.

For further information visit www.met.ie

Road Safety Alert – Weather Warning for Snow

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is advising all road users to prepare for further cold weather conditions as Met Eireann have issued a nationwide Yellow warning for snow over the next two days. This will lead to hazardous road conditions and reduced visibility.  Some counties are also subject to an orange weather warning for snow.

Road users are being advised to check local traffic and weather conditions before setting out on any journeys. The RSA has the following practical advice for road users in snowy conditions:

Drivers are advised to:

·      Remove all snow from your vehicle before commencing your journey. Snow left on the roof will become loose and can drop onto the windscreen during braking, thereby causing sudden and severe restriction to your vision. It can also fall off during your drive and cause injury to pedestrians or a reflex action by another driver.

·      Clear windows and mirrors before you set out, use a screen scraper and de-icer. Do not use hot water on the windscreen as it can crack the glass.

·      In snowy conditions slow down, use all controls delicately and leave extra distance between you and the vehicle in front. Avoid over steering and harsh braking and harsh acceleration. Use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin. Select a low gear when travelling downhill especially if through bends.

·      In snowy conditions, visibility will be reduced. Do not drive on the tail-lights of the vehicle in front (Target Fixing). This can give a false sense of security and you will be too close to be able to brake safely. In heavy snow, use your fog lights, turn off your radio and open your window a fraction, so you can hear other traffic, especially at junctions.

·      Use dipped headlights at all times, and fog lights in heavy snow to ensure you are seen by other motorists (but don’t forget to turn them off afterwards).

·      Watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists and allow extra space.

·      Drivers of high sided vehicles like trucks and buses are particularly at risk from both the dangers posed by snow but also from the high winds associated with heavy snow conditions.

For a copy of the RSA’s ‘Top 10 tips for driving in snowy conditions click here.

Pedestrians are advised to:

·      Wear high visibility clothing or carry a torch as visibility is reduced in snowy conditions. Wear clothing that does not restrict your vision.

·      Wear appropriate footwear. Walk on the footpath, not in the street. Walk on the right hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths.

·      DO NOT underestimate the danger of snow and ice. Many slips and falls happen in places people regard as safe and secure, typically outside their front door, on the door step, on the path or while getting out of the car. When you approach a footpath or roadway that appears to be covered with snow or ice, always use extreme caution.

 For a copy of the RSA’s ‘Top 10 tips to avoid a fall or slip in snowy conditions click here.

Cyclists and Motorcyclists are advised to:

·      Motorcyclists / Cyclists should not compromise their safety by their ‘need’ to travel in snowy conditions.

·      Visibility is reduced in snowy conditions so cyclists should wear a Sam Browne Bandoleer belt or high visibility vest and ensure the lights on your bike are working correctly.

·      Motorcyclists should avoid wearing a dark visor in any bad light conditions.

More safety tips for Pedestrians, Cyclists and Motorcyclists using the roads in snowy conditions can be found here.

See RSA Road Safety Alert for Ice issued on 6 March 2023 for more information and advice on using the roads in the current weather.

For advice on severe weather driving tips and weather updates, please see severe weather advice on or check out the RSA Facebook and Twitter pages.

See advice on driving in our series of Severe Weather Warning videos created in collaboration with Teresa Mannion.

For more weather updates visit Met Eireann’s website here