Weather Warning Advice
With strong winds forecast across our city and district we are urging the public to stay safe and take the necessary precautions following the Met Office Amber Weather Warning for today and tomorrow.
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Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Council services resume after weather warning
Derry City and Strabane District Council has advised that it has resumed normal services today following yesterday’s amber storm weather warning which resulted in a number of disruptions to regular service.
All Council facilities including leisure centres, recycling facilities, museums, parks and play areas have been reopened following early morning assessments for any potential damage. Street cleansing and refuse collection services have also resumed after being halted yesterday afternoon, and refuse crews are working across the city and district to reach all areas which did not have their bins collected yesterday. We are advised anyone who has not had their bin collected to leave it at the kerbside. Anyone with any queries on this is asked to contact the Council directly on 028 71253253.
A spokesperson for the Council said that its officials will continue to monitor the situation and remain in regular contact with the other multi-agencies as part of the recovery stage.
Thanking the public for their co-operation, the spokesperson said the health and safety of the public is a priority for the Council and it remained committed to its joint collaborative approach with the multi-agencies when dealing with major issues and emergencies of this nature.
Travel Update 16th October at 21:18hrs
Latest info from CODA
Normal operations are expected to resume tomorrow morning, 17th October 2017.
Passengers can keep up to date by visiting the flight information section of our website:
Travel Update 16th October at 16:00hrs
Issued on behalf of CODA
BMI Regional flights, BM1507 and BM1508 between City of Derry Airport and London Stansted this evening have been cancelled as a result of adverse weather #Ophelia
Passengers are advised to contact BMI Regional directly on 03303337998. Passengers are also advised not to come to the airport this evening. We apologise for any inconvenince caused. Normal operations are expected to resumme tomorrow morning, 17th October 2017.
Monday, October 16
Latest update from Council in relation to Amber weather warning
Derry City and Strabane District Council has advised that from 3pm today all of its facilities including its leisure centres, parks and open spaces will close in the interests of the health and safety of the public and its staff.
The Council has been urging the public since yesterday to stay safe by taking the necessary precautions to secure their properties following the Met Office Amber Weather Warning that has been issued for the region.
Officials reconvened to meet this afternoon and decided to close all of its facilities including the leisure centres, play parks, public parks, museums and civic offices however reassurances have been given to the public that staff and contractors are on standby and provisions put into place to reopen any facilities or buildings that are needed.
Cemeteries were open for a period earlier today to facilitate funerals but have now closed, as are all recycling centres, while street cleansing and refuse collections have been suspended for the rest of the day.
Council officials are in regular contact with their multi-agency partners throughout the duration of the alert to assess the situation and the Council has also engaged with community organisations in relation to initiating their community resilience plans where necessary.
With regard to sandbag provision, the Council has been informed by the Department for Infrastructure that they have stocks that can be deployed where there is a risk to significant damage to property from flooding and to redirect members of the public to report any incidents by using the Flooding incident line at 0300 2000 100.
Council is also advising the public that it expects some disruption to its services tomorrow and that all of our public outdoor spaces including parks and play areas will remain closed for a period in the morning to allow for inspection and assessment. Further updates on this will be provided tomorrow.
Members of the public seeking updated information are urged to use the NI Direct website at www.nidirectni.gov.uk.
While 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.com
Council will continue to monitor and review its services and will provide regular updates on its website, Facebook and Twitter platforms throughout the evening and tomorrow.
Monday, October 16
Council issues updated advice
Council is reiterating its calls or the public to stay safe today and are urging them to take the necessary precautions to secure their properties following the Met Office Amber Weather Warning that is expected to hit the region later today.
In response to the amber weather warning and in keeping with our Emergency Preparedness Response, the Council has taken a number of decisions in the interest of public safety that will see the closure of all parks and play areas including St Columb's park, Claudy Country Park and Brooke Park as well as the NW Greenway.
Cemeteries will be open to facilitate funerals only and will not be open to the public.
All recycling centres and street cleaning operations will cease from lunchtime today while refuse collections will continue but will be phased out throughout the day. The public are advised to expect some disruption to refuse collection services tomorrow.
While all of our leisure centres will remain open, a large number of classes, including swimming lessons have been cancelled. The public are advised to check with the leisure centres directly for updates.
A number of all other Council facilities such as the Guildhall and Tower Museum will have reduced services.
Arrangements have been put into place to provide rest centres should they be needed and officials are in regular contact with community organisations to initiate their community resilience plans if necessary.
For the most up to date information on power and travel advice the public are urged to visit www.nidirect.go.uk while road users are being advised to check Traffic Watch NI in relation to road closures and not to make any unnecessary journeys. - www.trafficwatchni.com
Council will continue to monitor and review its services and will provide regular updates.\ on its Facebook and Twitter platforms.
Urging the public to be cautious and to take the appropriate steps to ensure they keep safe and secure their properties in preparedness of the weather warning, Council Chief Executive John Kelpie urged the public to follow the advice provided by the multi agencies in relation to Emergency preparedness. He reassured the public that agencies are working in a proactive and collaborative manner and have adequate provisions and staff in place to deal with issues that may result from the storm.
For all information and advice on preparing for strong winds and to get details of all the agencies and emergency numbers should you be affected by the weather tomorrow, visit NI Direct at - www.nidirect.com
Sunday, 15 October
Council urges caution ahead of Amber weather warning
Members of the public are being urged to stay safe and take the necessary precautions to secure their properties following the Met Office Amber Weather Warning that has been issued regarding the projected storm expected to hit the region tomorrow.
The warning prompted Derry City and Strabane District Council to initiate its Emergency Preparedness Response on Sunday afternoon after meetings with its internal team and the Western Emergency Preparedness Group, which has representatives from all the statutory support agencies, to set in place plans to provide advice, reassurance and support to the public ahead of the adverse weather conditions.
Council has decided to close St Columb's Park in Derry and Claudy Country Park from 12 noon on Monday as a precautionary measure and has urged the public to be cautious when walking in any wooded, tree populated areas or outdoor spaces.
The public are being advised not to leave bins or food waste caddies out where they could cause an obstruction or be blown out on to roads and to expect some disruption to refuse collections on Monday and into Tuesday.
Arrangements are being put into place to provide rest centres should they be needed and officials are in contact with community organisations to initiate their community resilience plans if necessary.
Road users are being advised to check Traffic Watch NI in relation to road closures and not to make any unnecessary journeys. Council will continue to monitor and review its services and will provide regular updates on any closures or impact to services.
Urging the public to be cautious and to take the appropriate steps to ensure they keep safe and secure their properties in advance of the high winds predicted for tomorrow afternoon, Council Chief Executive John Kelpie says the onus is on everyone to work together to reduce the risk of injury to the public and damage to property.
He urged people to follow the advice provided by the multi agencies in relation to Emergency preparedness and assured the public that agencies are working in a proactive and collaborative manner to have adequate provisions and staff in place to deal with issues that may result from the storm.
In addition to the meetings that took place earlier today, a further meeting of the multi- agencies is taking place later this evening and first thing on Monday morning to regularly review the situation and make the appropriate decisions.
For all information and advice on preparing for strong winds and to get details of all the agencies and emergency numbers should you be affected by the weather tomorrow, visit NI Direct at -