Emergency Management

Pierce County roads update
Posted By Sheri Badger on Jan 18th, 2012 at 5:11 AM

Early reports from Roads Operations at Pierce County Public Works and Utilities Department are observing snowfall at about one inch per hour, with predictions that it will remain that way until midday today.

 All Public Works trucks, 36 plow trucks and five motor graders, are removing  snow from arterial routes. With the current rate of snowfall, the snow plows will need to continue to clear the main arterials and most likely will not get to the secondary roads until the snow subsides. Falling trees from the heavy snow may also delay road clearing.

 People are asked to not drive if possible, and if they do, to take it slow and pack emergency supplies in their vehicle before heading out.

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Pierce County Emergency Operations Center activates at 3:30 a.m.
Posted By Sheri Badger on Jan 18th, 2012 at 3:50 AM

The Pierce County Emergency Operations Center activated this morning at 3:30 a.m. in response to the regional snowstorm. The EOC will continue to monitor the situation, and will update as necessary.

For more information, contact 253-798-7470.

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177th/Alward Road near South Prairie advised of potential flooding
Posted By Sheri Badger on Jan 16th, 2011 at 8:04 AM

A Pierce County ALERT message was sent to homes in the 177th/Alward Road area near South Prairie on the Carbon River of potential flooding.

The following message was sent to over 50 residents:

“A Flood WARNING for the Carbon River in your area has been issued. A situation for potential flooding in the 177th Street / Alward Road area is now imminent. Local flooding could cause damage to your property and homes, and block your escape route. Authorities will be monitoring the river and weather forecast to provide as much early warning as possible. Please monitor the National Weather Service forecasts and listen to your weather alert radios for warnings. We encourage you to prepare your important documents, possessions and pets for evacuation if necessary. Don’t forget your medications. If you are advised to evacuate, leave immediately. You may only have a few minutes to get out and rescuers may not be able to get to you if you stay. This concludes this message.”

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Thanksgiving roads could include black ice
Posted By Sheri Badger on Nov 24th, 2010 at 3:27 PM

With temperatures staying well below freezing until Thursday, snow and ice will linger on roadways. Forecasts for Thanksgiving day predict rain by tomorrow afternoon. Rain falling on frozen pavement could lead to glaze-ice over the roadway, creating very slick driving conditions for several hours.

Drivers heading out for Thanksgiving should drive carefully and remember that glaze- or black-ice is difficult to spot until after you lose traction. On icy roads it is even more important to leave extra space between your car and others, and drive slowly. If you find yourself sliding:

• Take your foot off the gas pedal
• Don’t slam on the brakes
• Turn your wheel in the direction of the skid

As temperatures continue to rise, the pavement will thaw and by late afternoon rain could remove most of the ice and slush on the roads. Pierce County Public Works and Utilities road crews will continue plowing and applying anti-icer liquid through Thursday, hoping to return to normal maintenance activities by Friday afternoon.

Long range forecasts are for snow levels to recede to 1,000 feet and the lowlands to return to typical November weather. County road crews will restock supplies and make sure equipment is ready for the next severe weather event.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Bruce Wagner, road operations manager
bruce.wagner@co.pierce.wa.us

Debi Ross-San Soucie, public information officer
dross1@co.pierce.wa.us

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