An ‘American type’ severe weather plan is to be put into operation by Waterford County Council during the remainder of the winter months.

Lessons learned during the recent cold snap underlined the need for better management of salt stocks and the early action in the distribution of grit to almost 40 public sites around the county in November. The snow emergency also highlighted the need for more snow ploughs and four wheel drive vehicles.

A new framework has been drawn up for machine contractors and operations will be directed from a central control room in Dungarvan. Over 800 tonnes of salt were used in recent weeks to keep traffic moving on main priority routes around Co. Waterford and an extra 900 tonnes were acquired.