Kerry County Council is thanking the emergency services for their work throughout Storm Desmond, including council workers, the fire service, the Gardaí, the HSE and the Army. CEO Moira Murrell is also thanking the significant contribution of the Civil Defence, Irish Red Cross and Killarney Inshore Rescue who had over 100 volunteers responding to the emergency. Ms Murrell says through the collective planned efforts by all of these agencies, 9500 sandbags were distributed to high risk areas and the risk of injury to life was managed. The contribution of the public in heeding the safety advice given by the emergency services is also acknowledged, in particular the community spirit and resilience shown in attending to elderly and vulnerable neighbours. The CEO has also thanked the media for keeping the public informed. Kerry County Council continues to work on the cleanup and with communities affected by Storm Desmond.