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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, December 13, 2010

Most Bellevue roads reopen after storm

Utilities crews were up early this morning, cleaning up and removing flood closures and detours from the storm. All roads have reopened, except 97th Avenue Southeast, which was blocked by a mudslide south of Southeast 11th Street.

In addition, West Lake Sammamish Parkway Northeast, near the 400 block, has traffic lanes open in each direction, but cars are being channeled away from an area that's being checked for slope stability.

The Pineapple Express that roared through Western Washington Saturday and Sunday dumped three to four inches of rain on Bellevue. Three streets -- Northeast 21st Street just east of 140th Avenue Northeast; Southeast Seventh Street off of Lake Hills Connector and 148th Avenue Southeast between Main and Southeast Eighth streets -- were closed Sunday due to water over the roadway.

The community is requested to check storm drain grates near their homes and remove leaves and debris to help prevent flooding. Avoid driving through standing water over roads, even if it doesn't look deep. Never drive around barricades or closed road signs. Other tips for heavy rains are listed below.

Safety Tips:

  • Call 911 for life-threatening emergencies.
  • Call Utilities at 425-452-7840 to report flooding, hazardous roads, water main breaks and sewer overflows.
  • To report gas leaks, power outages, and down power lines, please call Puget Sound Energy at 1-888-225-5773.
  • Do not block water flow by dumping trash or yard debris into streams, wetlands or drainage ditches.
  • Know how to shut off your electricity, gas and water at main switches and valves. You may need to shut off these utilities if your home floods. For information on gas and electric shutoff procedures, call Puget Sound Energy at 1-888-225-5773. If you need help locating your main water shut off valve, call Bellevue Utilities at 425-452-7840.
  • Do not attempt to drive through standing water. Even a small amount of water can stall your car. If your car stalls in rapidly rising waters, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.
  • Stay away from fallen power lines and electrical wires. Assume any downed power line is an energized power line.

If your property floods:

  • When reentering your home, use a flashlight. Do not use candles in case of a gas leak.
  • Turn off power at the circuit breaker for areas that have flooded. If the circuit breaker is wet, contact Puget Sound Energy at 1-888-225-5773.
  • Check for structural damage and beware of gas leaks, electric shorts and live wires.
  • See King County's information on how to clean up after a flood.
  • Call your insurance agent for information on flood claims.

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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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