‘Community spirit called for in the face of severe weather conditions’ – Ruane

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Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
Sinn Fein Councillor for Warrenpoint, Michael Ruane, has called upon the local community to show awareness and vigilance during another spell of adverse weather conditions. “During the last period of freezing weather I asked all citizens to make themselves aware of neighbours, especially the elderly, who may need assistance as a result of their reduced mobility. “I would call upon everyone to repeat their vigilance while this current cold snap continues. This may mean nothing more than keeping an eye on neighbours or calling to ask if there is anything they need in town. The difference could be enormous to anyone who has reduced mobility and is of particular importance to those in rural areas. “The effects of flooding have been widespread throughout South Down, where commuters have been stranded and householders have been frantically trying to protect their homes from floodwater. “Road surfaces have deteriorated in many areas and driving conditions become hazardous. While Roads Service has been working hard to keep routes open they are stretched and motorists are urged to exercise caution. Ruane added, “Fuel poverty is still a major problem for many in our community. The economic downturn has been compounded by cuts to many Welfare recipients and I would again, remind members of WBR Credit Union of the generous scheme for obtaining loans to pay for heating fuel. “This is an occasion for us to stand together as a community, as exemplified by residents in Rostrevor over the past few days, we need to be vigilant and assist each other where possible.”
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