More than 500 tons of salt/grit have been applied in the past 24 hours to roads in Donegal by hard working Donegal County council crews.
Gritting crews can't have been getting much sleep either, in a statement issued this evening the council say their gritting teams were deployed at 11pm last night and started again at 5am this morning.
All gritting teams carried out double sweeps of their routes. All gritted routes are reported to be fine and all these roads remain open to traffic. More than 500 tons of salt/grit have been applied in the past 24 hours.
Gritting trucks have returned to their normal winter maintenance schedule and will be deployed as per normal from 5pm this evening (Friday).
The council say it should be noted that some local roads remain impassable due to snow accumulations from yesterday. These are only being cleared by the Council’s Roads Service where an emergency exists.
All gritted roads throughout the county remain passable and there are no serious disruptions to report.
Orange level warning
Meanwhile although a red level warning remains in place for snow with strong easterly winds for Munster, Leinster and County Galway, an orange level warning is in place in the rest of the country including Donegal. There is a snow-ice warning for Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo and all road users are urged to exercise extra caution.
In Donegal there was only some light sporadic snow fall across most of Donegal overnight, there were some isolated heavier snowfalls in parts including Inishowen leading to accumulations of up to 1 foot in places.
On Thursday afternoon Donegal County Council’s Civil Defence were activated by the HSE to transport patients and staff and 3 no. 4x4 vehicles with drivers and helpers were operational in this role. Operations stood down at 11.30pm on Thursday evening
Out of Hours Calls
Donegal County Councils normal Out of Hours phone number will not be available this evening due to technical issues outside our control, however, a temporary number has been set up – 087 638 8812 and this will be in place until 10am tomorrow morning. Life threatening emergencies should be reported to the emergency services on 999 or 112.
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