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.