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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Get ready -- snow expected tonight

BELLEVUE – Up to three inches of snow is expected to fall on Bellevue tonight, so city snowplows and sanders are likely to be in action on an arterial near you. Crews may also apply an environmentally-friendly anti-icer to streets.

If the going seems treacherous, please consult Bellevue’s snow routes map for the best route. 

Garbage may not be picked up
Allied Waste trucks generally do not run if snow or ice prevent safe collection on neighborhood streets. If your garbage, recycling or yard debris are not collected, take materials back inside. A double 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.

More tips for cold weather:

  • To report hazardous road conditions or down or damaged stop or yield signs, please call the Utilities 24-hour emergency number, 425-452-7840.
  • To report gas leaks, power outages, and downed power lines, please call Puget Sound Energy at 1-888-225-5773.
  • If you use a grill or hibachi to cook or a backup generator because your power is out, keep them outside. They can produce deadly carbon monoxide. 
  • To report a water main, please call the Utilities 24-hour emergency number, 425-452-7840.
  • Outdoor faucets and pipes and pipes in unheated garages and crawl spaces can freeze. Insulate them with newspaper, rags or other insulating material. Cover with plastic and secure with string or wire. It’s okay to insulate the outside of your meter box, but please don’t put materials such as Styrofoam peanuts inside, as this makes it difficult to perform periodic maintenance.
  • If a water pipe breaks, immediately turn off the main water shut-off valve and/or water meter to control flooding and water damage. Then call a plumber. The main water shut-off valve is usually located in the basement, garage or outdoors by the foundation. If there is no main shut-off valve, there is a valve in the meter box that you may use in an emergency. Turn clockwise with an adjustable wrench.
  • Locate alternate routes and alternative parking if you live on streets in steep terrain. Stay on main roads.

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