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Sand bags and storm barriers being readied by council ahead of Storm Callum’s arrival

Sand bags and storm barriers being readied by council ahead of Storm Callum’s arrival

Louth County Council have begun their preparations for the arrival of Storm Callum to the area tonight and encouraged people not to make unnecessary journeys.

An orange weather alert has been issued by Met Éireann for Co Louth between midnight tonight at 9am on Friday.

High tides are predicted for 01:54 and 14:14 on Friday. In preparation for this the local authority have already placed sandbags at strategic locations at Quay sides and low lying areas and have ensured bridge arches and culverts are clear.

Storm barriers have also been put in position at Blackrock.

Sand bags are available for collection at the following yards/locations up to 4.30pm today:

  • Fair Street, Drogheda
  • Town Hall Yard, Dundalk
  • Machinery Yard, St  Malachy’s Villas, Dundalk
  • Blackrock
  • Ardee Council Yard
  • Woodlands, Dunleer
  • Fire Station, Carlingford
  • Sewerage Treatment Works, Carlingford
  • Des Savage Butchers, Carlingford

A statement from the local authority said: “As with any major event, we urge the public to take heed of warnings as heavy rainfall and stormy conditions are expected overnight. There is a possibility of flooding along coastal areas as strong winds are expected to coincide with high tides in the early hours of Friday morning.

“From early this week Louth County Council crews have been checking and clearing blockages of culverts, gullies, grills and areas prone to flooding. Hundreds of sandbags have been prepared and distributed to coastal areas and additional sandbags are available for collection at Council depots around the county. Temporary flood barriers are also in place in high risk areas. To ensure sufficient stocks and additional 30 tonnes of sand are being delivered to Council depots.

“Council & Fire & Rescue services will observe high tides this afternoon to gauge the potential for overnight flooring and are preparing to respond to any incidents that may occur during this major weather event.
Louth County Council recommends that people avoid unnecessary journeys, are extremely cautious on or around coastal areas, and do not approach fallen trees or power lines.

“To report fallen trees, blocked roads or flooding please dial 1890 202 303.”

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