Advice for the public.
Extremely wet weather was experienced in County Longford starting in November 2015. Flooding persisted from the end of December 2015 until early April 2016. The Office of Public Works (OPW) is co-ordinating Ireland’s whole of Government approach to flood risk management across three strategic and policy areas:
- Prevention: e.g. avoiding construction in flood-prone areas.
- Protection: e.g. taking feasible measures, both structural and non-structural, to reduce the likelihood and impact of floods.
- Preparedness: e.g. informing the public about dealing with flood risk and a flood
The OPW have produced an information leaflet on flooding available on www.flooding.ie
The Office of Emergency Planning runs an annual Be Winter Ready information campaign, supported by a booklet and a website www.winterready.ie providing practical advice for coping during episodes of severe weather, as well as giving contact details of organisations and agencies that can provide guidance and assistance. The 2016 campaign features a Flooding leaflet. Be Winter Ready Flooding Leaflet 2016
BE PREPARED & STAY SAFE!
If floods are forecast -What to do
- Check relevant websites for local updates e.g. LCC website, LCC twitter updates, etc.
- Tune into local radio stations for flood / weather updates
- If you live in a flood-risk area it is essential to have a flood plan in place so that everyone knows what to do if a flood occurs
- Avoid travel but if you must, drive slowly and cautiously. You may know your local roads very well but a flood can turn a quiet road into a potential hazard.
- Don’t drive through water if you can’t tell how deep it is.
- Don’t drive down closed roads.
- Let someone know your travel plans.