SINN Féin Glens councillor Noreen Mc Allister would like to thank Road Service and the farming community for their “tremendous efforts to clear our roads in and around the Glens area and the staff of NIE who worked round the clock to restore the power in the Glens”.
Commenting on the recent days, Cllr Mc Allister told the Times: “This all started on Thursday night Friday morning but never did I think it would get as bad as it did. I started to get phone calls from my constituents in Cushendall on Saturday afternoon telling me that they were snowed in and had no electricity.
“As the day went on conditions were getting worse and more phone calls were coming into me. Some constituents now where without heat, light and some of them had no cooking facilities as their gas tanks outside were frozen since Friday morning. I communicated all day on Saturday and Sunday with Road service, NIE and the PSNI and I got the information and advice back to the community. I also spoke with the Fire emergency Support Service coordinator for the Red Cross who told me that they would be only too happy to come into the Glens to help out if I needed them to.
“I was only too aware that it was going to be very difficult for any emergency service, especially an ambulance to get into the Glens if they were needed as at this point all main roads into the Glens were closed.
“There’s a lot of vulnerable and elderly people in our rural communities and older people in particular can become very isolated and its very important that we look out for our neighbors and make an effort to ensure that they are alright.
“I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all the men and women, from the call handlers who gave me whatever information they could, to the workers on the ground, to the local farmers who were out working the roads in what is a very dangerous job and in often unsociable hours, thanks to all of you.”