Emergency Management

Snow melt could cause urban flooding
Posted By Sheri Badger on Jan 7th, 2004 at 10:42 AM

Tacoma, WA – January 07, 2004 – As Pierce County begins to thaw, residents should be aware that the icy slush could clog storm drains, down spouts and small creek channels causing urban flooding. According to the countys Water Programs Division, local rivers are less likely to flood. At this time, Pierce County has not been included in a flood watch issued by the National Weather Service. Emergency officials are encouraging residents to shovel snow from walks and driveways to make a drainage path for melting snow to flow away from homes. In addition, they are asking for assistance in clearing storm drains, down spouts and drainage ditches of snow, leaves and debris to help prevent flooding. If flooding does occur, check with local fire stations regarding the availability of sandbags.


Pierce County government operating on normal schedule
Posted By Sheri Badger on Jan 7th, 2004 at 6:11 AM

Tacoma, WA – January 07, 2004 – All Pierce County offices will be open Wednesday and operating on regular hours. County offices shut down Tuesday in response to snow and ice conditions that made traveling unsafe for employees and the general public. CONTACT: Ron Klein, director of communications – 253-377-1728; or Dick Ferguson, media and community relations – 253-377-0411


Snow and rain mix could cause additional problems
Posted By Sheri Badger on Jan 6th, 2004 at 11:03 AM

Tacoma, WA – January 06, 2004 – Snow continues to fall throughout Pierce County and is predicted to continue through this afternoon with a transition into rain later this evening. The continued storm activity could pose additional hazards to the current dangerous driving conditions. The snow will become a bigger issue as it mixes with rain and becomes heavy. Home and business owners who have flat roofs should consider removing snow while it’s still dry (and only if safe to do so) to prevent collapse. Also, please be aware that this heavy snow could break branches and fall trees, possibly causing power outages. As the weather transitions into rain, we can expect urban and small stream flooding through the night and into tomorrow. Pierce County needs the public’s help in clearing stormwater drains to mitigate some of these issues. Most importantly, this is a time to take care of one another. Check on your neighbors, stay safe and pack a lot of patience.


Pierce Transit is the way to go in the snow
Posted By Sheri Badger on Jan 6th, 2004 at 10:08 AM

Tacoma, WA – January 06, 2004 – Pierce Transit doesn’t stop service because of snowy conditions. In fact, the best thing you can do in the snow is take the bus. When severe weather hits, we do what’s necessary to keep you safe. That means adjusting our routes to avoid unsafe areas. It also means going slower than usual and running vans instead of buses when necessary. Individual routes are put on detour when necessary and will be returned to normal schedule as conditions permit. During bad weather we provide updates to local radio and television stations. You can also talk to a customer service representative at 581-8000, call the Hot Line at 984-8155, or visit our website at www.piercetransit.org. SHUTTLE riders can call 581-8100 for the latest route and service information. Some tips for riding the bus in snow and ice: – Don’t wait for the bus on steep hills-the bus can’t stop there. Instead, wait at the top or bottom of the hill closest to the stop. – Signal the bus as it approaches so that the operator has plenty of time to stop. – Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop and the operator opens the door before approaching the bus. – Use handrails when getting on and off the bus. – Wear highly visible and warm clothing. In the event of a weather emergency, Pierce Transit may need to adjust all or some of the following routes. Routes will be returned to normal schedule as conditions permit. For information about possible detours due to this weather emergency, please review the following list. 1 6th Ave/Pacific Ave: No service between Commerce and 6th & Martin Luther King. No service on Pacific Ave. between S. 25th & S. 34th. 10 Pearl St: No service to ferry landing. Service turns around at Point Defiance park entrance. 11 Point Defiance: No service on Broadway. No service to ferry landing. Service turns around at Point Defiance park entrance. 13 N. 30th St: No service on S. 9th, Market or Tacoma Ave. Operates on the 11 route between N. 1st & Tacoma Ave. and N. 30th & Alder. 16 UPS-TCC: No service on M St. hill between N. 10th and N. 11th. 26 M.L. King Jr. Way: No service on S. 9th, S. 15th, Tacoma Ave., S. 27th, S. Yakima and S. 25th. 27 S. 19th St: No service on S. 9th and S. 25th St. loop. 28 S. 12th St: No service between Commerce and S. 11th & J Sts. 41 Portland Ave: No service on Roosevelt Ave. loop. 45 Yakima Ave: No service on S. 9th. 53 University Place: No service on Pacific Ave. between S. 25th and S. 34th. No service on Orchard St. or S. 40th St. 54 38th St: No service between 38th & McKinley Ave and 44th & Portland. 56 56th St: No service between McKinley Ave. and 72nd & Portland Transit Center. 57 Tacoma Mall: No service between S. 12th & Commerce and S. 19th & Martin Luther King Jr Way. 61 NE Tacoma-Brown’s Pt: Vans often used in place of buses. 100 Gig Harbor: Buses serve Kimball Dr. and Purdy Park & Ride lots. No service on Olympic Dr., Harborview Dr., or Peacock Hill. 102 Gig Harbor-Tacoma Express: No service on S. 9th and S. 11th. 210 Lakewood: No service on South 9th. 212 Steilacoom: Buses travel on Steilacoom Blvd. to Steilacoom. No service on Rigney Rd,. Roe, Lexington, Main, Commercial or Sequalish. 402 Meridian: Does not serve N. Meridian between Valley Ave. and Pacific Highway. 407 Bonney Lk/Prairie Ridge: No service between Bonney Lake Park &Ride lot and SR 410 & 214th Ave. 410 112th St: No service on A St. 413 Wildwood: No service on 15th Ave. SE. and 9th St. SE. 500 Federal Way: No service on S. 9th St. 501 Milton/FederalWay: No service between Market and Puyallup & A Sts. No service on S. 9th St. No service between 70th Ave. E. and 36th St. S. & 28th Ave. S. 582 Bonney Lake-Tacoma: No service on S. 9th & S. 11th. – Lind Simonsen Public Relations Officer Pierce Transit – The WAY TO GO ! (253) 581-8034


Snow and ice response continues
Posted By Sheri Badger on Jan 6th, 2004 at 9:11 AM

Tacoma, WA – January 06, 2004 – Weather forecasts for today have again proved generally accurate. Snowfall began in west Pierce County at 2:30 a.m. and reached the cascade foothills by 4 a.m. As of 7:30 AM, current conditions are as follows:

  All roads in Pierce County are experiencing compact snow and ice conditions.

  Key Peninsula and Gig Harbor have received two to three inches of snow accumulations on the roadways, and heavy snowfall continues. Temperatures are in the mid 20s and winds are mild.

  West and west central County have seen one to two inch accumulations on the roads and heavy snowfall continues. Temperatures are in the mid 20’s and winds are moderate.

  East County has experienced only an inch or less accumulation and moderate to heavy snowfall continues. Temps are in the low 20’s and high winds that had persisted all night are beginning to taper off (10 – 20 mph). East County is experiencing some concerns with snow drift accumulation due to cold, dry snow and high winds. Road crews continue working in snow and ice response mode, and have prepared all remaining equipment for response to conditions that may occur during the transition of this storm; specifically localized flooding, potential frost heave concerns, and tree damage effecting roadways.