Council advice in wake of bad weather

BALLYMENA Borough Council says it has been working with citizens, community representatives and agencies to identify and respond to those in remote or isolated areas who have been affected by the recent snowfall.

In a statement, the local authority says it has made all equipment available to assist DRD Road Service and affected communities with snow clearance where possible.

Mindful of a thaw, it stated: “At present, weather forecasts show that temperatures are set to remain low and therefore any thaw will be slow and gradual meaning flooding risk should remain low. However, if any residents are concerned about potential flooding or impact of weather conditions in their area of the borough, they should contact the relevant agency: Flooding Incident Line 0300 2000 100; NIW Waterline 08457 440088; NIE’s Customer Helpline on 08457 643 643; or, if you smell gas, 0800 002 001.

In addition, the Council has advice, guidance and information for those affected by adverse weather conditions on its website, however, it points out that all emergency issues should be directed as usual, to the emergency services by telephoning 999.

The statement concludes: “Ballymena Borough Council has well established and tested contingency arrangements for dealing with adverse weather conditions and emergencies and as such, council officers are continually liaising with colleagues in the other agencies and the Departments involved.

“Generally, other Council Services have been uninterrupted; some refuse collections in these remote and outlying areas have been impacted upon. For information on refuse collection in your area call 02825 648096.”