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04 Dec 2021

Kilkenny roads update in the wake of Storm Emma as weather alert extended

R694 Castlecomer to Ballyragget road is cleared and passable while mass is cancelled in Inistioge

Kilkenny roads update in the wake of Storm Emma as weather alert extended

An 18ft snowman in Urlingford Picture: Suzanne Stapleton

Met Éireann has extended its Status Orange snow and ice warning for Kilkenny and the rest of Leinster until noon on Sunday.

The forecaster added: "Widespread lying snow and ice continuing to lead to hazardous conditions.

"Snow melt will continue to increase river levels and may lead to localized water flooding especially in the smaller mountainous catchments and in urban areas."

Meanwhile the R694 Castlecomer to Ballyragget road is cleared and passable with care as the Council try and clear routes.

The full list of roads cleared today can be found if you click here.

The local authority wished to thank their staff including Fire Services and Civil Defence for their work during this "difficult period".

They added: "We also acknowledge the great assistance & co-operation received from Defence Forces, Residents, Business Owners, Farming Community, Volunteers and local Communities in clearing roads and footpaths."

A full safety message from the Council read:

"No unnecessary recreational or social travel should be undertaken in areas where road clearance activities still need to be undertaken.

"Stay away from downed power lines and report any downed power lines to ESB Networks at 1850 372999

"Disruption in the water supply- contact Irish Water at 1850 278278

"Exercise extreme cautions if it is necessary to go outside on foot. Footpaths remain treacherous with the risk of slips, trips and falls.

"Please check on vulnerable neighbours.

"Businesses and householders are asked to clear footpaths outside their premises.

"Watch for flooding - stay away from watercourses over the next few days as river levels will rise in some catchments.

"At a household and individual building level, melting snow will cause leaks, may pull down gutters and people should please watch out for snow sliding off roofs."

People have been posting pictures of the snowfall on social media in the wake of Storm Emma:

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