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.
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.
-- 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.
-- 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 PSE.com 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.
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:
- Take Winter by Storm
- Office of Emergency Management preparedness
- Metro winter
- Public Health emergency preparedness
- Washington State Department of Health cold weather tips
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) basic protective actions
- American Red Cross preparedness tips for seniors