Storm Ciara warning: Derry & Strabane Council advise storm could hit services this weekend

As Storm Ciara approaches Ireland, Derry City and Strabane District Council has advised that its public parks and open spaces and play parks may be closed this weekend as a precautionary measure while discussions on resilience measures are also taking place.

Friday, 7th February 2020, 9:25 am
Updated Friday, 7th February 2020, 9:25 am

In a statement issued on Friday morning the public are asked to “avoid these areas during periods of high winds”.

A spokesperson for the Council said: “The public are asked to note that the weather conditions could also have an impact on some Council services over the weekend and are urged to stay safe by taking the necessary precautions to secure their properties ahead of the Storm Ciara Met Office Weather Warning that has been issued for the region.

“Users of Council sport’s pitch facilities, recycling centres and cemeteries are also urged to err on the side of caution and to take note of the weather advisory information and follow the instructions of Council staff onsite.

Storm Ciara is expected to hit Ireland this weekend, following in the wake of Storm Brendan (pictured) last month. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

“Members of the public who avail of a Monday refuse collection service are asked to leave bins at safe collection points and where possible to leave out as close to the expected collection time rather than the night before.”

Council officials said they will be monitoring the situation with their multi-agency partners throughout the duration of the alert to assess the situation, and the Council is also engaging with community organisations in relation to initiating their community resilience plans where necessary.

Members of the public seeking updated information and emergency contact details are urged to use the NI Direct website at www.nidirectni.gov.uk.

Road users are being advised to regularly check the Traffic Watch NI in relation to road closures and not to make any unnecessary journeys. - www.trafficwatchni.comCouncil will continue to monitor and review its services and will provide regular updates on its website, Facebook and Twitter platforms.