Emergency Management

Pierce County road crews responding to roadway flooding
Posted By Nicole Johnson on Dec 9th, 2015 at 3:15 PM

As of 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 9, Pierce County road crews were responding to more than 130 sites with water over the roadway, more than 40 sites with downed trees and four sites with landslide activity.

Significant rain since the morning of Dec. 9 has overwhelmed some roadside storm drainage systems, resulting in roadway flooding. Crews will monitor these sites, clear blockages, and clean systems to proactively reduce flooding. Rain has also saturated the ground, resulting in downed trees and landslides.

Several roads are closed due to the storm. A map of current roadway obstructions and road closures is available here.

“Motorists should not drive through standing water, near downed trees and utility lines, or around road closure barricades,” said Paul Marsh, Pierce County Public Works road maintenance superintendent. “With landslide activity expected to pick up over the next few days, motorists should turn around and take an alternative route if they encounter debris blocking the road.”

Individuals should also stay away from downed power lines, as they may still be energized.

Slide sites:
• Orville Road East is closed between Kapowsin Highway and State Route 161 due to a mudslide.
• The shoulder of Key Peninsula Highway KPS is closed just north of Longbranch Wharf KPS due to a slide. Pierce County engineers will assess the shoulder today to determine next steps.
• Cromwell Drive Northwest is closed in the 5700 block due to a mudslide.
• A section of the embankment along 72nd Street East failed just east of Canyon Road East. The embankment is separated from the roadway by a guardrail. Pierce County engineers will assess the situation today.

Pierce County road crews respond during rain events to close roads affected by flooding, downed trees and mudslides, and remove downed, leaning or damaged trees and debris along county roads. Priority is given to major arterials and collectors, lifeline emergency routes, Pierce Transit and school bus snow routes, and access roads to highways, freeways, and park and ride lots.

The public can report roadway flooding, downed trees and debris on country roadways, along with other roadway issues, 24 hours a day to the Public Works Road Operations Division at www.piercecountywa.org/rfa or (253) 798-6000.

Visit Pierce County’s Emergency Information Blog for up-to-date emergency information at http://blog.piercecountywa.org/emergency.

Media Contacts:
Paul Marsh, Public Works road maintenance superintendent
(253) 798-3483
(253) 798-6000

Anne Radford, Public Works public information officer
(253) 798-2464

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