Emergency Management

High winds close roads, knock out power
Posted By Sheri Badger on Nov 15th, 2006 at 4:44 AM

Tacoma, WA – November 15, 2006 – High winds are impacting Pierce County commuters and residents this afternoon. Several roads are blocked by downed trees or power poles, and more than 20,000 residents are without electricity. Citizens traveling on county roads are reminded to travel with caution and to use alternate routes in the areas listed below: – Fairfax Reserve Road 1.5 miles from SR 165 has just one lane open. – 198th Ave E is blocked with trees down between 120th St E and Rhodes Lake Road E. – Trees are down blocking 120th St E west of 224th Ave E. – Trees are down blocking 288th St E and 126th Ave E. – A power pole is down blocking 40th St E between 214th Ave E and 230th Ave E. Power outages are affecting 20,000 Puget Sound Energy customers as of 4 p.m. today. Another 2,100 Tacoma Power customers and 200 Peninsula Power customers are without power. Citizens without electricity are reminded to practice safe measures when it comes to storing food. If in doubt, throw it out. Food left out without refrigeration can cause digestive problems. Pierce County’s Environmental Services Building in University Place lost power this afternoon, and employees who work there were sent home at 4 p.m. CONTACT: Pierce County Emergency Operations Center, 253-798-7470