Council And Inter-Agency Group Urge Public To Exercise Caution In Face Of Bad Weather

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Kerry County Council logoKERRY County Council and the Kerry Severe Weather Local Assessment Team has expressed its appreciation for the hard work and co-operation, in difficult conditions, of all individuals and agencies involved during the recent weather events.

They also have urged caution as the bad weather continues over the coming week.

“This was an extremely difficult period for local communities, households and businesses,” a press release from the Council/Local Assessment Team read.

“The Council and the Local Assessment Team also wishes to place on record its appreciation for the hard work and co-operation, in difficult conditions, of all individuals and agencies involved during the recent events and in particular to:

• An Garda Siochána – Chief Superintendent Pat O’Sullivan and his colleagues
• HSE – Theresa O’Donovan and her colleagues
• Kerry County Council Staff
• Fire Services
• The Staff and Volunteers of the Civil Defence,” continued the statement.

The Kerry Severe Weather Local Assessment Team is an Inter-Agency Group consisting of Kerry County Council, Fire Services, Civil Defence, An Garda Siochána and the HSE. The group met frequently over the Christmas and New Year period to manage the response to the recent extreme weather conditions.

They said the Council’s Flood Emergency Management Team will continue to monitor the on-going weather conditions and further spells of heavy rain are predicted over the coming week. The public are asked to have regard to weather forecasts and to exercise on-going caution given the current conditions.

Where members of the public are aware of damage or potential risks (e.g. blocked drains, culverts or bridges) the Council asks that this is brought to their attention.

Details of the extent of the recent flooding are being recorded and will be submitted to the OPW, who are the lead agency for flood risk management and have been tasked by the Government to identify options to mitigate for the future risk of flooding.

“The Council would also like to thank the media for their assistance in keeping the public informed of the changing circumstances and to members of the public who brought flooding incidents to the attention of the public and the Council. Most importantly the Council wishes to compliment the great community spirit and resilience demonstrated throughout the County,” read the statement.

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