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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, January 21, 2012

Dealing with clogged storm drains, power outages

With warmer temperatures and rain replacing ice and snow in the forecast, city officials are urging residents to help clear storm drains near their property, if it's safe, to reduce the possibility of street flooding.

Scattered power outages remain in Bellevue. In response the city has made available the following community centers where people can keep warm on Saturday, Jan. 21: Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th St., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and South Bellevue, 14509 SE Newport Way, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Crews continue to work around the clock plowing city streets until the snow is gone. In addition to cleaning up arterials, crews are plowing in neighborhoods, focusing on areas with power outages, the steepest streets, and the higher elevations where melting will be slower.

Residents should call Bellevue Utilities at 425-452-7840 to report flooding or other hazardous road conditions. The city will update its Extreme Weather Response page as conditions and forecasts change, and people may sign up for email alerts for the latest information.

Although many priority roads in Bellevue are passable, conditions vary, and motorists should drive with caution, especially on streets where water may be covering compact snow and ice. Residents should also be cautious of melting snow and ice falling from trees and roofs as thawing occurs.

Power outages: To report power outages or down power lines, residents should call Puget Sound Energy at 1-888-225-5773. Check PSE power outage updates and see safety tips on what to do if you have an outage.

Carbon Monoxide warning: To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, do not use gas generators or charcoal grills indoors. Visit King County's website for  how to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning (in multiple languages). Check on family and neighbors to make sure they are ok.

Garbage and recycling service: Because of hazardous road conditions, Allied Waste's trucks are not running. If your pickup is missed, please put out a double load on your regular collection day next week. Allied Waste offers more information. Factoria Transfer Station is closed until further notice due to snow load on the roof.

Parks closures and cancellations: As a general rule, if the Bellevue School District is closed or closes due to a weather event, all Parks & Community Services classes and programs will be cancelled for the entire/remainder of the day. If the school district is on a delayed schedule, call the parks facility for an updated status report. 

Select facilities may be open for drop-in activities at a modified level. If you are unable to reach the facility or program, check the Parks & Community Services general information number at 425-452-6885.

Safety Tips:

  • Call 911 for life-threatening emergencies.
  • Avoid down power lines and standing water.
  • Stay inside if possible instead of trying to navigate slippery walkways or roads. If you must go out, have traction devices in your vehicle. Test new chains to make sure they fit (some may not, even though the box says they fit a certain model). Take a cell phone in case your car gets stuck.
  • Locate alternate routes and alternative parking if you live on streets in steep terrain. Stay on main roads. Do not park in intersections or block streets.
  • Give snowplows room to work. The plows are wide and can cross the centerline or shoulder. Do not tailgate and try not to pass. If you must pass, use extreme caution and beware of the snow cloud.

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Contact Information

Utilities Department
450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Wendy Hairfield, Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 425-452-5215
E-mail: whairfield@bellevuewa.gov


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