After Effects Of Storm Emma Likely To Be Felt For A Number Of Weeks
The aftereffects of Storm Emma are likely to continue for a number of weeks, according to Irish Water.
Water restrictions will be in place across the country, with Dublin to have water restricted between 7pm and 7am.
Irish Water say they're trying to limit the amount lost by leaks, and are encouraging people to report them.
Jerry Grant from Irish Water is advising people to conserve water, to minimise flushing and the duration of showers.
Much of the country is now back up and running according to Sean Hogan after Emergency Taskforce Briefing this morning pic.twitter.com/jbBMETMpR0— Sean Defoe (@SeanDefoe) March 5, 2018
All non-essential elective surgeries have been cancelled for today, with surgeries in Waterford also being cancelled tomorrow.
The OPW has warned the Ounavarra River near Courtown in Wexford has risen by more than a metre due to melting snow.
Met Éireann has also advised temperatures in some areas will drop below freezing tonight as well.
Most public transport returned to normal today.
Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann and the Luas are all running with a few interruptions.
Iarnród Éireann expects to be fully operational with the exception of two regional lines.
Nearly all services are operating today with some cancellations in the East. See https://t.co/KTHyBabX9Z for details @rtenews @TV3Ireland @Galwaybayfmnews @NewsonNS @OceanFmIreland @radiomidwest @Live95fmNews @Corks96FM @wlrfm @kclr96fm @eastcoastfmnews @kfmradio @LMFMRADIO— Bus Eireann (@Buseireann) March 5, 2018
Spokesperson Barry Kenny explains the situation:
“Limerick Junction to Waterford and Limerick to Ballybrophy via Neenagh – we are hopeful of getting those open for the evening trains this evening,” he said.
“But apart from that all routes are operating.
“The Rosslare line which had been closed yesterday is back; the M3 Parway line is back and we will have a full service on all of those routes.”
Sallins train station open for business! The car park has been cleared, mostly, too. A few spots sacrificed as no where else for the snow to go! pic.twitter.com/GzFL9brJ5W— Gar (@GarDeady) March 5, 2018
The National Emergency Co-Ordination Group warned that today is ‘not a normal Monday’ in many areas.
Drivers are being warned that the roads remain hazardous as the big thaw from last week’s snow continues.
The M7 motorway was declared fully operational just after 7am this morning with all lanes open.
Gardaí are advising motorists to drive with care and observe the speed restrictions that are in place as roadworks continue.
Where possible schools, colleges of further ed & 3rd level institutions will re-open on Monday. However, decisions will be made by schools, colleges of further education and third level institutions on an individual basis depending on the circumstances in their area #StormEmma— Richard Bruton (@RichardbrutonTD) March 3, 2018
It comes as many workplaces, schools and colleges are opening for the first time since the onset of Storm Emma.
However, schools in Wexford, west Wicklow and parts of Kildare are unlikely to re-open.
Decisions are being made on a case-by-case basis depending on the conditions in each area.
Parents from the schools affected will be notified.