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Latest update from Council in relation to Amber weather warning

16 October 2017

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 atwww.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.