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Fingal County Council Storm Emma – Situation Update (22:00)

Latest update from Fingal County Council

Fingal County Council’s Crisis Management Team had its second Conference Call of the day at 8pm this evening.

Updates were given in relation to situations at local, regional and national level.

Met Éireann’s Orange Status Warning was extended at 4pm to 12noon tomorrow but temperatures are forecast to stay above two degrees Celsius through the night.

Fingal County Council staff spent the day working on getting the county moving again.

Gritting crews reported for duty at 6am this morning and commenced ploughing and salting runs on those roads designated as Priority 1 and Priority 2 routes from 7am. Once Priority 1 roads were cleared, all efforts were concentrated on Priority 2 roads particularly where there were blockages. These included the R108 near Dublin Airport, the R108 between Nags Head and Naul, the R128 between Skerries and Rush, the R122 between Oldtown and Fieldstown Bridge and several roads around Garristown. There was a final ploughing and salting run at 7pm on priority routes to clear any remaining blockages especially along bus routes.

Communities across the county have also been active with residents in housing estates clearing their roads to ensure safe access for vehicles to the main road while in rural areas local farmers played an important role in clearing roads that are not designated as Priority Routes.

Additional crews moved into designated areas across the county from early morning to grit and clear pedestrian areas in towns and villages. Staff were also deployed to clear distribution centres located within Fingal so that food supplies could be delivered to shops throughout the Greater Dublin region.

Volunteers attached to Fingal County Council’s Emergency Management Unit were deployed across the county by the Housing and Community Department to make contact with vulnerable residents. As well as making sure they were safe they also carried out any errands that were needed.

Estuary Road and Blisetts Strand Road in Malahide will be closed until Monday due to flooding. Staff were also deployed to the Donabate area to deal with coastal erosion issues arising from Storm Emma.

There is concern about the high level of water usage which is leading to low levels in reservoirs and restrictions are now in place in Skerries, Rush, Lusk and Naul. Householders and other customers are urgently requested to ensure that taps are turned off and water usage minimised to help ensure that there will be no need to extend the restrictions to other areas.

Staff from Water Services also had to deal with burst water mains in Rush and Howth.

Public Parks are scheduled to reopen tomorrow with public buildings, recycling centres and graveyards due to reopen on Monday. Any changes to these arrangements will be posted on our social media accounts and our media bulletins.

The Council continues to provide essential emergency services primarily through staff in our Operations, Water Services, Housing and Corporate Affairs Departments.

Members of the public can submit reports of issues in their area to These reports will be logged and assessed. Reports of people sleeping rough should be phoned to 1800 707 707 or posted online at Information is being continually posted on the Fingal Alerts app as well as our Twitter and Facebook accounts. The Crisis Management Team are scheduled to have another conference call at 11:30am tomorrow morning.