Are you prepared for winter weather?
Posted on 12/24/2021
Public Works Crew

 


During the fall and winter months, it is likely our region will experience heavy wind, rain, cold temperatures, and snow. The City gears up for the storm season and we encourage community members to do the same. 

 

Downed Power Lines – Stay Clear, Stay Safe
Heavy wind and rainfall can cause trees to fall and possible power outages. As a reminder, if you come across a downed power line, stay as far away from it as you can and call Puget Sound Energy at 1-888-225-5773. Assume it is live. Never touch a downed power line or anything near it.

In addition, do not drive over downed power lines. Should a power line fall on your car when you’re driving, stay in the car until help arrives. If a person or pet comes in contact with a power line, stay clear and call 911 immediately. Do not touch the affected individual, or the wire.

If there’s a power outage, remember to use alternative heat sources safely and wisely. Follow manufacturers’ instructions. Adequately vent fueled space heaters (e.g., kerosene, propane, alcohol) to avoid fatal carbon monoxide gas buildup. Also, do not use outdoor grills or camp stoves indoors as they may cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

To report a power outage, call Puget Sound Energy at 1-888-225- 5773. You can also use the online outage map or download the free myPSE app to track power outages in your neighborhood, report an outage and check status and restoration times. 

 

Help Prevent Localized Flooding 
With your assistance, we can keep streets safe and clear and can reduce property damage caused by flooding. Your help is appreciated and makes a difference!

  • Check storm drain grates frequently to make sure they are free of leaves and debris.
  • Rake leaves away from storm drains near your house or business.
  • Do not remove the grate from the storm drain opening.
  • Dispose of leaves in your yard waste container or compost bin, please don’t blow or rake them into the roadway.

 

Additional preparedness tips:

  • Call 911 only for life-threatening emergencies.
  • Do not walk or wade in flooded areas.
  • Do not attempt to drive through standing water as your vehicle may stall.
  • Watch for “Street Closed” signs. They are placed by crews for your safety.
  • Listen to your radio or television for storm forecasts and other information.
  • Check on your disaster preparedness kit to ensure it contains food, light sticks, water, flashlights, a battery-powered radio and a wind-up clock.
  • Be a good neighbor. Find out if your neighbor needs any assistance with clearing storm drains or with any additional tasks.

 

Snow & Ice
City Public Works crews push loose snow and built up ice to the side of roads. This will not always create bare pavement but does provide an even surface on which to drive. The most heavily traveled roads are given priority by snow plow operators. Priority roads include those around medical clinics, schools, main arterials, collector roads and roads on hills. Priority roads will be plowed continuously until snow fall stops and sanding is done. Then, other streets (residential and dead-end) will be plowed. View the snow and ice control routes procedures.

If you need to drive during inclement weather, please be prepared and allow extra time to reach your destination. Practice the following:

  • Drive for conditions – slower speeds, slower acceleration.
  • Check to see if you have traction tires.
  • Four-wheel and all-wheel vehicles do not stop or steer better on ice.
  • Leave extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Slow down when approaching intersections, bridges, or shady spots.
  • If you find yourself behind a snow plow, slow down and give the plow a little extra room. 

 

Prevent Frozen Pipes
When the temperature drops, improperly insulated water pipes can freeze and rupture. Expansion caused by freezing water is also a common cause for leaky pipes. Protect your plumbing during cold weather by taking these easy steps suggested by Tacoma Public Utilities:

  • Insulate exposed pipes, valves and hose bibs. That includes pipes that are outdoors, in attics, crawl spaces, basements and garages. Pipe insulation and insulating material for hose bibs is available at many hardware stores.
  • Shut off and drain outside faucets. If your hose bibs have individual shutoff valves, turn off the water supply for individual hose bibs and open hose bibs to drain faucets.
  • Shut off and drain your outdoor irrigation system and other water fixtures.
  • Disconnect your garden hoses from hose bibs.
  • Cover footing or foundation vents.
  • Keep heat on and set your thermostat no lower than 55° F while away from home.
  • If you are leaving your house for an extended period of time, ask someone to check it daily to ensure the heat is turning on.
  • Locate your emergency shutoff and learn how to turn off your water supply.
  • To prepare for an extended freeze, you may want to:
    Let water trickle from the faucet on the outside wall furthest from your water meter.
  • Open cabinet doors inside your house to allow warm air to circulate.

For Assistance and Info:

City of Bonney Lake Website: www.cobl.us/emergencypreparedness
Visit the City of Bonney Lake website for individual and business preparedness resources, snow and ice removal plan, and additional information. “Like Us” on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ BLPoliceDepartment or “Follow Us” on Twitter, www.twitter. com/BLPoliceDept.

Bonney Lake Residents: To Report Severe Flooding or Downed Trees
If localized flooding is severe and you are unable to clear the drain or to report a downed tree on City streets, please call Bonney Lake Public Works at 253-862-8602 during normal business hours (Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM – 5 PM). To report after hours, call the dispatch center at 253-841-5431 or 1-844-821-8911.

Pierce County ALERT
Pierce County ALERT is a free service that allows you to sign up and receive notifications about emergencies that may affect the locations you care about. This service allows fire, police and other agencies dealing with emergency response to send out accurate and up-to-date information that they feel residents should be informed on. Receive alerts on up to 10 different devices such as your cell phone, home phone, email, text messages and more. Choose up to five locations you want to be notified about such as your residence, workplace, children’s school and more. Sign up today at www.piercecountywa.org/ALERT or call 253-798-6595.