Council Chief Thanks Staff, Emergency Services And Public For Co-operation During Storm

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Kerry County Council Chief Executive Moira Murrell.

THE Chief Executive of Kerry County Council has thanked members of the public in the county for their support and co-operation during Storm Ophelia on Monday.

The Council is continuing to assess the damage caused by the storm and has already cleared many roads of fallen trees, branches and other debris.

Kerry County Council’s Local Coordination Team met again this morning to assess the impact of Storm Ophelia and to coordinate the ongoing clean-up operation which began late on Monday afternoon.

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Council crews have been working on residual issues since early this morning and the council is advising the public to continue to travel with caution on all routes.

Chief Executive Moira Murrell said the fact that members of the public in Kerry heeded the weather and safety warnings ensured public safety was assured: “This was due to the strong cooperation of members of the public who observed the advice to remain indoors and limit travelling,” she said.

“From Friday evening, Kerry County Council and other local agencies including An Garda Síochána, the HSE, Kerry University Hospital, the Kerry Fire and Rescue Service and the Civil Defence were fully engaged in preparing for the storm. From the moment Met Éireann issued the Code Level Red on Saturday evening, our team met regularly over the weekend to plan our response.

“We also participated in teleconference meetings with the regional response team and coordinated our approach. From a preparations point of view, the Council is satisfied with the level of preparation at all levels of the organisation,” she said.

‘I would like to thank our Operations staff for their assistance and I want to pay tribute to Kerry Civil Defence, Kerry Fire and Rescue Services, An Garda Síochána, the Army Reserve and ESB Networks for their support. We thank the public for their cooperation and input as we dealt with this emergency situation.”

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