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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, January 5, 2009

Snow makes streets slippery

The city received one to four inches of snow overnight, and crews worked through the night, plowing, sanding and applying de-icer to clear priority routes for emergency vehicles, morning commuters and transit. Priority routes were passable and no streets were closed by 7 a.m. Monday. 

"Forecasts called for a trace to one-half inch of snow overnight, turning to rain by midnight, but we received more snow than expected," said Mike Jackman, Utilities Operations and Maintenance assistant director. "Driving conditions are improving rapidly, but drivers should be extremely cautious because some wet accumulations and slush remain on streets, especially in elevated neighborhoods south of I-90."

City crews will continue to plow streets until they are clear of remaining snow and slush.

Missed garbage pickups
Allied Waste Services generally does not pick up if snow or ice prevent safe navigation of trucks on neighborhood streets. If your garbage, recycling or yard debris are not collected, take materials back inside. An extra load of garbage, recycling and yard debris will be collected at no additional charge on the next regularly scheduled collection day (a week later).

Excess materials due to missed collection can be put in a temporary container, such as a box or paper bag marked "Garbage," "Recycling" or "Yard Debris.” If you have questions concerning your collection, call Allied Waste's customer service at 425-452-4762.

Tips

  • To report hazardous road conditions, down or damaged stop or yield signs, please call the Bellevue Utilities 24-hour emergency number, 425-452-7840.
  • To report gas leaks, power outages and down power lines, please call Puget Sound Energy at 1-888-225-5773.

The Extreme Weather Response pages offer additional information.

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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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