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Posted on: January 9, 2020

During the Winter Storms

Winter Storm

Winter storm season is here! Please be cautious and read below for more information on how to stay safe. For information on how to prepare for the storm, please see the preparing for winter storms news flash https://www.cityofpa.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=794&ARC=1286.

Stay indoors and off the roads. If you must drive, keep emergency supplies in your car.

Close off rooms to consolidate and retain heat.

Dress in layers, and use blankets to stay warm.

Bring pets into a warm place and out of the storm or severe cold.

Never use a generator indoors, as well as camp stove, charcoal grill, gasoline or propane heater, as these items can start accidental fires, cause electric shock, and/or cause deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.

Never heat a home with a cooktop or oven.

Limit your time outdoors and stay dry.

Never touch a downed power line. If you see one, please call 360-417-4724 during business hours or 360-797-7303 after hours to report the power line and location.

Who to call: if you have an emergency, please call 911.

For other issues:

During business hours:
Water Department 360-417-4805 – any water leaks, water outages
Wastewater Department 360-417-4805 – sewer leaks/breaks
Stormwater Department – 360-417-4543 - storm drains plugged/flooding
Street Department – 360-417-4543 - ice/snow on the roads
Light Operations – 360-417-4724 - power outages, downed power lines

After-hours call 360-797-0222 to report outages or issues.

Be a good neighbor, check in with elderly neighbors or families with young children.

Snow removal route priorities: https://www.cityofpa.us/DocumentCenter/View/4497/Snow-Removal-Maps-2018?bidId

  • Main arterials – to keep the hospitals, fire stations, police stations, and emergency rescue connected
  • All remaining arterials, bus routes, selected collection routes
  • Other arterials connecting major traffic volume streets and providing access to schools
  • All remaining streets

The City has 144 miles of roads to clear, limited equipment, and six employees available for around-the-clock removal operations. We appreciate your patience.

It is inevitable that driveways will be blocked during plowing operations. We’re sorry for this inconvenience, but it cannot be avoided. Snow removal can be a monumental task, and we appreciate your understanding.

How can you help?

  • Park vehicles in driveways or parking areas off the main streets
  • Maintain snow removal of your sidewalks and driveways
  • Report potholes and icy intersections by calling 360-417-4543. If you reach a voicemail, please leave your information, this line will be monitored.

Thank you from your Public Works and Utilities Division!

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