Emergency Management

Public Works and Utilities responding to winter storms
Posted By Hunter George on Nov 17th, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Public Works and Utilities staff responded throughout Monday night to clear downed limbs and trees caused by the wind storm. On Tuesday, crews continued to remove storm debris from roadways and clear leaves from storm drain inlets. The latest forecast predicts up to one half inch of rain on Wednesday. Clearing storm drain inlets helps prevent localized flooding and gets water off the roadway before it freezes.

Residents are encouraged to clear neighborhood storm drains if it is safe to do so. They should contact the Road Operations Division of Public Works and Utilities if they see a storm drain that needs attention on busier roads. Requests can be made by phone to 253-798-6000 or online at www.piercecountywa.org/rfa.

  • Road maintenance crews are preparing for snow removal and de‐icing through the weekend. Weather forecasters expect the freezing level to drop to 500 feet as early as Friday night. Drivers should take winter driving precautions including:
  • Fill your vehicle’s gas tank.
  • Stock your car with basic winter driving equipment: ice scraper, small shovel, jumper cables, bag of sand or  kitty litter for traction, tire chains that fit the vehicle’s tires, road flares, a blanket, heavy boots, warm clothing, and a flashlight with batteries.
  • Check the road conditions before you travel. Drivers can call 511 for pass reports from WSDOT.
  • Slow down, leave extra space between you and other vehicles, give yourself extra time to get where you’re going, and stay back from snow plows and anti‐icer trucks.

If you have questions, visit www.piercecountywa.org/snowremoval or call (253) 798‐6000.

Media Contacts:

Bruce Wagner, road operations manager
253-798-6051, or bwagner@co.pierce.wa.us
Debi Ross-San Soucie, public information officer
253- 798-7015, or dross1@co.pierce.wa.us
Sheri Badger, emergency management coordinator
253-798-2204, or sbadger@co.pierce.wa.us