Emergency Management

Spanaway Park reopens
Posted By Hunter George on Nov 18th, 2010 at 8:42 AM

The windstorm debris has been cleared from the roadways at Spanaway Park and the north gate is open for vehicle traffic.


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


Free options to dispose of windstorm debris
Posted By Hunter George on Nov 17th, 2010 at 11:07 AM

County residents who woke up to storm debris in their yard can dispose of it for free at county transfer stations. Public Works and Utilities provides an ongoing program to compost yard waste—branches, leaves, shrubs, and small limbs (under 4 inches in diameter) free of charge at the following locations:
 Puyallup/South Hill/Graham Areas
Hidden Valley Transfer Station, 17925 Meridian Street East
Open 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., seven days a week

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Proper tree care can minimize hazards during upcoming storms
Posted By Hunter George on Nov 17th, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Proper tree care can minimize hazards during storms The practice of tree-topping can weaken trees

OLYMPIA – With a storm front predicted to hit Western Washington this weekend, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and its Urban & Community Forestry Program remind people that proper tree care can reduce hazards during storms. Trees that are neglected or improperly pruned can fall or shed limbs during storms, causing power outages, property damage, and injuries or deaths.

‘Tree topping’ is not the answer to healthy trees

Topping, the practice of removing large branches and tops of trees, actually creates future hazards rather than eliminating them. A topped tree is much more likely to break or uproot in a storm than a tree with a normal branch structure. Read the rest of this entry »


Shaw Road in Puyallup closed until further notice
Posted By Hunter George on Nov 16th, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Shaw Road between 15th Avenue SE and Highland Avenue in Puyallup has been closed for the safety of the public. Power lines and trees were blown down during the recent windstorm. The signal at Shaw Road and E. Pioneer is black.

PSE officials say it will take more than a day to do the work needed to repair the power lines. Motorists, please take precautions and follow road detour signs.

For more information, contact Glenda Carino, City of Puyallup public information officer, 253-770-3370.