With wind and rain upon us again, it's important that storm drains stay clear to prevent flooding. Utilities crews are busy each fall clearing leaves from grates, but they cannot reach all 20,000 in Bellevue, so assistance from residents is key.
You'll soon receive a postcard from the city, asking you to break out your rake for a good cause. If the leaves and needles aren't piled up on your nearby storm grates, you have a good chance of being spared standing water and flooding on your street.
Safety tips for rainy weather:
- To report flooding at your home or business, 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.
- If you need a sump pump, contact rental equipment stores. Supplies usually go fast.
- Stay away from power lines and electrical wires. Electrical current can travel through water.
- During a storm it's normal for streams to rise and fill some parking lots and parks with water. However, do not walk through these flooded areas. Six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet.
- If a road is flooded, do not drive through the water, as the water may be deeper than it appears. Never drive past a barricade. If your car stalls in a flooded area, abandon it as soon as possible and walk back to higher ground.
- Have a backpack or duffel bag ready in a closet close to the door in case you need to evacuate. Some items to include are bottled water; a first-aid kit; warm, weather-proof clothing; food; a battery-operated radio and extra batteries; a sleeping bag or blankets; and prescription medications.
If major storms or other weather events strike Bellevue, go to the Extreme Weather pages for information.
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