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Tips to Safely Navigate Rainstorms and Heavy Winds

Winter is coming and the rain is coming with it. Here are some tips to help you navigate rainstorms and heavy winds.
Post Date:12/18/2019 2:33 pm

This fall, we’ve been lucky and haven’t had a lot of rain. Winter is coming though, and we can expect the rain to come along with it. Here are some tips to help you navigate rainstorms and heavy winds. 

-- When you see a “water over roadway” sign, proceed with caution.

-- Do not drive through standing water if you can avoid it.

Water over roadway (76th at 212th)

















-- Never drive around Road Closed signs. The road could be washed out, unstable or have very large or deep potholes. It can also be costly – you could get fined for driving around the sign and, if you have to get your vehicle towed, that bill is your responsibility.

Do not ever drive around Road Closed signs. They are there for your safety. 

-- Be patient with our crews. They’ll be out in City vehicles with amber lights flashing, doing their best to keep the roads passable. 

If the rainstorm is accompanied by high winds… 

-- There may be downed power lines. Stay in your vehicle and DO NOT drive over or near the power lines. Call 911 to report it immediately. Get power updates directly from PSE at or through the PSE app.

High winds can sometimes knock the power out, so traffic signals may go out too. If this happens, treat intersections as four-way stops. 

When traffic lights are out, treat intersections as four-way stops.












Please call in any flooding, fallen trees and limbs that are blocking roadways and pathways, potholes or other Public Works emergencies to 253-856-5600. If calling after 5 p.m., before 7 a.m., or on a weekend, select Option 1 for after-hours dispatch. 

In case of an emergency, call 911.

For additional emergency preparedness tips, check out these resources:

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