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City of Seattle Opens Emergency Center for Seahawks Kickoff 2014/15

The City of Seattle activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Joint Information Center (JIC) in support of the Seahawks season opener. Please direct all media inquiries to the JIC using 206-233-5072. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:40 p.m. and Gates for the free pre-game Soundgarden and Pharrell Williams concert open at 2 p.m. and gates […] Read more »

NFL Kickoff 2014-15 starts today!

Seahawks spirit is in full force  in Seattle today as the NFL kicks off the 2014-15 season with festivities throughout the day and tonight’s Seahawks-Packers game. Let’s show the rest of the nation how safe and LOUD Seattle can be. Pioneer Square and downtown Seattle will be packed with fans for concerts and the game […] Read more »

Wind, Trees Cause Power Outages in NE Seattle

City of SeattleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 9/2/2014

About 9,800 Homes, Businesses Affected

SEATTLE – Seattle City Light crews were working to restore service to about 9,800 homes and businesses Tuesday evening after high winds blew trees into power lines in Northeast Seattle.

The outages affected customers from Wedgwood to Lake City. An initial estimate for restoration of service was set for 7:20 p.m.

Updates on restoration are available online at www.seattle.gov/light/sysstat.

Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to about 750,000 Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.

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Prepping for the parade?

As you get ready to come to the Seahawks parade tomorrow morning, here are some tips to beast mode your day: That National Weather Service predicts sunny weather with the temperature high of 35 degrees. Public Health of Seattle and King County advises parade-goers to dress in layers and wear warm clothing, including hats, gloves and […] Read more »

As giant parade winds down: patience, patience, patience

City of SeattleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/5/2014 As giant parade winds down: patience, patience, patience

 

SEATTLE —  As one of the largest — and most exuberant — parades in Seattle history winds down, Seattle, public safety officials are urging people to continue exercising patience as they head back home.

“Seahawks fans have been their usual well-behaved, patient and loud selves, braving freezing temperatures and treating the team and each other with respect,” said Barb Graff, director of Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management.

“Now, as folks are getting ready to leave for home, we are asking them to remember: it took six or seven hours for everyone to get downtown for the parade; and it will likely take at least that long for transportation systems to return to normal.

“Above all, please be kind out there today,” Graff said. “The 12s keep proving we are all MVPs.”

With an extra 700,000 people in downtown Seattle today, phone and internet traffic is heavy; so Seattle officials ask everyone who can to stay off their phones and computers to help keep 911 lines open.

The amazing 12s can continue to help celebrate Seahawks victory by:

  • Staying calm and patient
  • Limit use of mobile phones and web access so important 911 calls can get through
  • Consider staying downtown and going home later – lots of great restaurants nearby
  • Walk home or to nearby neighborhoods
  • Check on each other
Use the following links to plan your exit from downtown Seattle:

– MoS –

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Anticipation builds as fans line up to celebrate the Seahawks in downtown Seattle today

City of SeattleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/5/2014

Anticipation builds as fans line up to celebrate the Seahawks in downtown Seattle today

Today Seattle will officially honor the Seahawks, back from their victory at the Super Bowl in New Jersey.  Everyone is invited to turn out and cheer the champions as they head south  down Fourth Avenue through downtown in a parade, to include the Seahawks players, head Coach Pete Carroll, coaching staff, Sea Gals, Bliz, and the Blue Thunder drumline, as well as local elected officials.  The celebration will begin at Denny Way at 11 a.m. and will continue down Fourth to the sports stadiums. 

The City of Seattle expects unprecedented numbers of fans to turn out, and people already are positioning themselves along sidewalks early this morning, hours ahead of time, to secure a front row seat, in spite of temperatures below freezing.  The Seattle Office of Emergency Management will open the Emergency Operations Center this morning at 8 a.m., which is standard practice during large parades.

Please be respectful of each other and private property during the parade. Law enforcement is working hard to keep the streets safe, but if you see something, please say something to an officer around the route. We want this to be a fun, joyous celebration honoring the team and the 12s.

A heavier than usual volume of traffic built early this morning on inbound routes, and is expected to continue, leading up to the event. Heavy traffic is also expected on outbound routes following the parade, continuing into the evening as people head for home following rallies at the sports stadiums.

Public transit is also carrying an especially large number of passengers headed into downtown this morning, expected to continue throughout the morning, and then on outbound routes after the event and into the evening. Some transit will be rerouted due to street closures for the parade. Transit providers have added some extra service for this big day.  For schedules, please refer to the website for the transit service providers—King County Metro, Sound Transit, Community Transit.

The parade route will be closed at 10:30 a.m. and will reopen as the parade passes through. On-street parking will be restricted along the parade route on Fourth Avenue, and also on intersecting streets between Third and Fifth avenues. Finding parking will be a challenge, so spectators may want to park outside of downtown and walk into the event. Carpooling in addition to transit will be a good choice, as well as walking or bicycling where possible.

Fans are advised to dress warm for waiting outdoors in freezing temperatures. Carrying a bottle of water and snacks would be wise.  Please remember coaches and players won’t be signing autographs and fans shouldn’t approach the vehicles in the parade.

Use the following links to plan a fun and safe Seahawks celebration:

This release is available online at http://alerts.seattle.gov/2014/02/05/anticipation-builds-as-fans-line-up-to-celebrate-the-seahawks-in-downtown-seattle-today/.

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Celebrate the Seahawks on Wednesday, Feb 5

Fans invited to participate in mobile celebration A welcome home Victory Celebration Parade is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 5.  The parade will begin just south of Seattle Center at Denny Way and travel south down 4th Avenue past Westlake Park and finish at the north entrance of CenturyLink Field, see […] Read more »

City to provide free drop-in activities at community centers for some public school students in event of school strike

20 community centers to serve students on free and reduced lunch from Kindergarten to 8th Grade The City of Seattle today announced it will open and staff drop-in activities at 20 designated community centers for Seattle Public Schools students on free and reduced lunch from Kindergarten to 8th Grade if a strike delays the opening […] Read more »

City of Seattle offers services during heat wave

City of SeattleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 7/1/2013

City of Seattle offers services during heat wave

SEATTLE - The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Seattle and surrounding communities until 11 p.m. Monday evening. In response, the City of Seattle is offering services and information to help members of the public deal with the heat wave.

"Hot weather isn't frequent in Seattle, so it's important that we make sure we're enjoying it safely," said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. "Please take a moment to check on your elderly neighbors and relatives to make sure they are staying cool."

Many homes in Seattle are not equipped with air conditioning and may get very hot during the day. The City offers many locations for you to cool down when the temperatures start to rise. Visit 18 of the City's libraries, senior centers or Seattle Center facilities for some relief to today's record-breaking heat. See the lists below.

When you're outside, limit the time you're in direct sunlight and avoid or reduce activities that are tiring or take a lot of energy. Take extra precaution if you work outside and know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Do not leave infants, children, people with mobility challenges and pets in a parked car, even with the window rolled down. Check in with your elderly neighbors and relatives to make sure they are staying cool too.

Stay hydrated

  • Drink plenty of water. Have a beverage with you at all times, and sip or drink frequently. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink.
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and large amounts of sugar because they can actually de-hydrate your body.

Protect your pets

Pets are especially vulnerable in high heat and the Seattle Animal Shelter recommends the following:

  • Never leave your animal chained or penned up directly in sunlight. Provide a shady area for retreat, such as a dog house, porch or shady tree, and always provide cool water.
  • If you leave animals indoors, open the windows, keep a fan running, provide plenty of water, and if possible, leave them in a cool location.
  • Never leave dogs or cats unattended in a closed, locked car. Animals do not perspire like humans; they cool themselves by panting and vinyl seats in vehicles get hot under animals' feet and prevent them from perspiring through their paws. 
  • If you must travel with your pet, carry water.
  • Avoid overexerting your animal in hot weather.
  • For birds, take caution and place the bird's cage away from direct sunlight during the intense heat of the afternoon. Provide water and fruits and vegetables with high moisture content.

LIBRARIES

The following Seattle Public Library locations are equipped with air conditioning, and serve as cooling centers when the area experiences extreme heat. Please call the individual location before you go for open hours and to verify that the air conditioning is working.

  • Central Library (1000 4th Ave) - 206-386-4636
  • Ballard (5614 22nd Ave NW) - 206-684-4089
  • Beacon Hill (2821 Beacon Ave S) - 206-684-4711
  • Broadview (12755 Greenwood Ave N) - 206-684-7519
  • Capitol Hill (425 Harvard Ave E) - 206-684-4715
  • Delridge (5423 Delridge Way SW) - 206-733-9125
  • Douglass-Truth (2300 E Yesler Way) - 206-684-4704
  • Greenwood (8016 Greenwood Ave N) - 206-684-4086
  • High Point (3411 SW Raymond St) - 206-684-7454
  • International District / Chinatown (713 8th Ave S) - 206-386-1300
  • Lake City (12501 28th Ave NE) - 206-684-7518
  • Madrona-Sally Goldmark (1134 33rd Ave) - 206-684-4705
  • Magnolia (2801 34th Ave W) - 206-386-4225
  • NewHolly (7058 32nd Ave S) - 206-386-1905
  • Northgate (10548 5th Ave NE) - 206-386-1980
  • Rainier Beach (9125 Rainier Ave S) - 206-386-1906
  • South Park (8604 8th Ave S) - 206-615-1688
  • Wallingford (1501 N 45th St) - 206-684-4088

 

SEATTLE CENTER (View the campus map - Acrobat PDF)

  • Armory Center House (Open until 9 p.m.)
  • International Fountain (Open until 9 p.m.)
  • Fountain of Creation (Open 24/7)

 

SENIOR CENTERS

The following senior centers have air conditioning or are relatively cool and are open to the public:

  • Greenwood Senior Center (525 N. 8th Street)
  • International Drop-In Center (7301 Beacon Ave S.)
  • Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank (85 Pike St, #200)
  • Ballard NW Senior Center (5429 32nd Ave NW)
  • Southeast Seattle Senior Center (4655 South Holly St)
  • The Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon St)
  • South Park Senior Center (8201 10th Ave S)
  • Wallingford Community Senior Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Suite 140)
  • The Central (500 30th Ave S)

Additional resources


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Rain gauge data shows Monday’s storm clobbered Northwest Seattle

City of SeattleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/20/2012

Rain gauge data shows Monday’s storm clobbered Northwest Seattle
City’s Crown Hill rain gauge recorded nearly 2 inches in 6-hour period

Map caption: Seattle RainWatch image shows band of heavy rainfall (up to 0.5 inches in an hour) headed towards NW Seattle around noon today.

SEATTLE — An analysis of Monday’s storm shows northwest parts of the city had “extraordinary” rainfall — as much 1.96 inches in 6 hours.

“It was a pretty big storm for most of the city — lots of rain in a relatively short amount of time,” said Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) meteorologist James Rufo-Hill. “But if you live in Ballard, Crown Hill, Phinney Ridge, Magnolia or Broadview, there was historic rainfall — you really got drenched.”

Rufo-Hill said SPU’s Crown Hill rain gauge recorded 2.62 inches of rain during the 12-hour period and 1.96 inches in the 6 hours from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.— which he called “an extraordinary rain event.”

The 12-hour average for the rest of the city was 2.27 inches.

Rufo-Hill’s map-based analysis of the storm, was informed by data from 8 of SPU’s 17 rain gauges, which are distributed throughout the city.

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In addition to providing a reliable water supply to more than 1.3 million customers in the Seattle metropolitan area,  SPU provides essential sewer, drainage, solid waste and engineering services that safeguard public health, maintain the City's infrastructure and protect, conserve and enhance the region's environmental resources.

—SPU—

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Mayor outlines Seattle’s winter storm preparedness efforts

City of SeattleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/1/2012

Mayor outlines Seattle's winter storm preparedness efforts
Describes online tools available to help public prepare for winter weather

SEATTLE - Mayor Mike McGinn today encouraged residents to begin making annual preparations for the possibility of winter weather-related emergencies and updated the public on how the City is preparing for winter storms. McGinn described online tools available to the public to help them track storms and their impact on City services. He also described efforts the City is taking to help support storm recovery on the East Coast.

"Whether it's heavy rain, snow and ice, or strong winds, winter weather can cause significant disruption to our lives and our economy. Now is the time to start to prepare for storms, and the City is here to help support the public as they get ready for winter," McGinn said.

McGinn also described online tools available to the public to help them prepare and cope with winter weather. Seattle Public Utilities' Rainwatch program - developed in partnership with UW meteorologists Cliff Mass and Phil Regulski - tracks storms and forecasts rain at the neighborhood level, providing the region's most accurate and precise weather tracking and forecasting system. Our program Snowwatch uses data from Rainwatch, combined with temperature trends, to estimate and predict snowfall. Seattle City Light's Windwatch provides the same function for forecasting of high winds, and their Outage Map tracks power outages across Seattle. McGinn also highlighted the Seattle Department of Transportation's Winter Weather Response Map, which helps residents plan trips based on traffic cameras and real-time information about where our snow ploys are deployed.

"The single biggest thing that Seattleites can do to help prevent urban flooding is to clean leaves out of street drains," said Seattle Public Utilities director Ray Hoffman.

There are several ways that residents can help their families and the City respond to disruptions, including loss of power, during winter storms:

  • Residents should always have a three-day supply of water and food that does not need to be cooked;
  • Have extra blankets on hand and close the doors to rooms you aren't using to help keep warm;
  • Don't bring your barbecue or any fossil fuel burning stove inside your house to cook when the power goes out - this could cause carbon monoxide poisoning;
  • A hand-crank radio and a hand-crank flashlight should be available - please don't use open flames such as candles;
  • The City of Seattle is a partner in the regional Take Winter By Storm effort - residents are encouraged to visit www.takewinterbystorm.org for more tips on being prepared for winter;
  • Call 206-684-7400 to report a power outage, to find out about reported outages and to asked to have call-back when your power is restored. Seattle City Light needs your current phone number - both home and cell - in order to respond to your call.

Complete checklists are available at www.takewinterbystorm.org. Tips for what to do when the power goes out are available at http://seattle.gov/light/neighborhoods/nh4_pout.htm.

In the event of snow and ice, the Seattle Department of Transportation has 30 snowplows of various sizes and configurations, 10 plow only trucks for use during heavy accumulation, and 4 anti-icing vehicles available. They have trained an operator pool within the City utilities and parks departments to cover all shifts. SDOT currently have 3,800 tons of granular salt & 47,000 gallons anti-icing storage capacity, roughly three times more granular salt storage than last season. 11 new roadway surface temperature sensors have been purchased and are being installed to help SDOT improve their ability to deploy resources as needed.

In addition to helping Seattle City Light customers prepare themselves for power outages, in the six years since the December 2006 windstorm that knocked out half of their distribution system, City Light has reorganized its storm response procedures. They have installed a computerized outage management system to coordinate restoration work and customer communications; and increased tree trimming to avoid outages from branches coming into contact with power lines. In 2012, City Light cleared more than 600 line miles of trees from power lines. Since 2007 the utility has cleared 2375 line miles. Since 2007, City Light has added 100 line workers and re-instated their apprenticeship programs.

"Our crews are ready to respond and restore service as quickly and as safely as possible, but it is always important for each of us to be prepared for a power outage," Seattle City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco said.

Seattle Public Utilities crews work year round to get ready for storm season. By the end of this summer, the crews had pumped out over 4,300 catch basins and inspected over 25,000. They had inspected 85 miles of pipes and cleaned more than 164 miles of pipes.

SPU is also preparing its Urban Flood Response Plan. When activated, the utility puts field crews on alert, and stages flood control equipment at various locations around the city. SPU deploys volunteer storm observers to monitor various flood-prone areas, freeing up crews to do the work they need to do such as clearing drains. Regular City crews can be called in if needed for assistance.

More information:

Rainwatch: http://www.atmos.washington.edu/SPU/
Snowwatch: http://www.atmos.washington.edu/SNOWWATCH/
Windwatch: http://www.atmos.washington.edu/SCL/
Outage map: http://www.seattle.gov/light/sysstat/
Winter weather response map: http://web1.seattle.gov/sdot/winterweathermap/

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Are You Prepared for Landslides?

City of SeattleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/30/2012

Are You Prepared for Landslides?
Rainfall gauge exceeds landslide threshold

SEATTLE — Did you know that most landslides occur between the months of October and April? And that 86 percent of landslides are caused to some extent by human activity? Landslide season is upon us.  Today the USGS rain gauge used to anticipate the likelihood of landslides in the area moved about the threshold, meaning some level of landslide activity is likely in the coming days.  The City of Seattle urges residents to take preventive measures to protect themselves and their property from possible landslides.

Landslide experts agree there is not one single factor that contributes to landslides in the area, but in most cases there are steps that property owners can take to mitigate risk.

With 20,000 Seattle properties (mostly residential) in landslide-prone areas, the
City of Seattle and the Take Winter By Storm campaign encourage property owners to take preventive measures to protect themselves from landslides, and learn more about how to manage hillside property by attending a free landslide awareness meeting.

2012 City of Seattle Landslide Awareness Meeting - November 10.

The free landslide awareness meeting will give the public the opportunity to consult with public/private landslide experts and learn simple preventive measures that will help protect them from future landslides, such as the following:

  • Clearing nearby storm drains of leaves and other debris
  • Checking downspouts; making sure they are functioning/routed to a safe location
  • Inspecting sloping areas for indications of slope movement and erosion
  • Keeping fill and yard waste off slopes
  • Shutting off the irrigation system and checking it out seasonally
  • Leaving tree stumps in the ground on slopes
  • Knowing when to seek professional help for hillside projects

2012 City of Seattle Landslide Awareness Meeting

The landslide awareness meeting will include a presentation that discusses the causes of landslides, proper drainage for sloping sites, and vegetation maintenance on slopes. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session and time for one-on-one discussions with professionals in the field, including the City of Seattle, and volunteers from The American Society for Civil Engineers, The Association of Engineering Geologists, The International Society of Arboriculture, and Associated Building Contractors.

Nov. 10, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Northgate Community Center
Multipurpose Room
10510 5th Ave. NE
(across from Northgate Mall)

Seattle Landslides

The landslide record that was documented in the Seattle Landslide Study of 2000 indicates that 86 percent of landslides that have occurred in the city have some human influence such as excavating and filling on steep slopes, broken pipes and uncontrolled storm water.

Since the devastating landslide season of 1996/1997, which involved over 300 reported landslides, the city has taken steps to prepare and respond to slides by constructing mitigation projects to reduce the potential for future slides. It has also been presenting these public landslide awareness meetings for owners of landslide-prone property.

If a landslide damages your property and you have an immediate concern for your safety, leave the premises and call 9-1-1. Seattle property owners with structures that may be affected by or endangered by a landslide should contact a geotechnical professional for structural evaluation.

To view the current conditions of the USGS rainfall threshold for landslides, please visit: http://landslides.usgs.gov/monitoring/seattle/rtd/plot.php.

For more information about Seattle landslides and the City of Seattle free landslide awareness meetings, please visit: www.seattle.gov/dpd/emergency/landslides.

Take Winter By Storm is a regional campaign aimed at helping citizens and businesses get prepared before bad weather strikes. Learn more at: www.takewinterbystorm.org.

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City of Seattle Continues Response to Severe Weather

City of SeattleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/24/2010 City of Seattle Continues Response to Severe Weather
Emergency Operations Center de-activates, City Departments Continue Response Efforts

SEATTLE – The City of Seattle continues its response in treating snow routes through the day in response to the first snowstorm of the season.

The National Weather Service is forecasting sub-freezing temperatures to last through Thanksgiving morning and to warm later that afternoon.

SDOT:

SDOT continues working to prevent freezing on snow routes:

  • Currently have 7 plow/spreader trucks operating in the north end and eight operating in the south end. One brine flush truck in the north end and two in the south end.
  • Shift change from night shift to day shift was completed at 8:00 a.m.
  • SDOT dispatched pedestrian response crews from both its Haller Lake and Charles Street bases of operations by 8:00 a.m., with help from its Urban Forestry unit, for a total of twelve crews dispatched citywide.
  • Staff will continue to monitor elevated structures all day and will continue applying salt to them to achieve the best possible surface condition before the evening commute
  • The Street Maintenance Division will stay on 12-hour shifts with 24-hour coverage into Thursday morning.
  • Crews’ focus today is on Level Two and Level Three Streets and working with SPD to open, wherever possible, the streets that are now closed.


POLICE

As a result of the traffic-related issues created by the snow and ice, the Seattle Police Department is currently managing snow-related incidents at the precinct level, with periodic reporting through the SPOC. Police staffing and call volume today have been comparable to normal operations and has not been significantly affected by the weather. It is anticipated that SPD will return to normal operations tomorrow if conditions remain the same.

HUMAN SERVICES

  • Last night the City Hall shelter hosted 68 men, the Frye hotel 29 women, and the Seattle Center Pavilion 62 men and eight women.
  • The co-ed City Hall shelter, located at Fourth and James, 9 p.m. – 6 a.m., capacity, 75 people, will be open these hours at least through Monday, November 29.
  • The Frye Hotel, for women only, at Third and Yesler, 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., capacity, 25 people, will be open these hours at least through Monday, November 29.
LIBRARIES

  • All locations of The Seattle Public Library, including the downtown Central Library, will be open from noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 24, if staff can get to them. Please call the individual library before setting out: http://www.spl.org/default.asp?pageID=branch.


NEIGHBORHOODS

  • These neighborhood service centers are open today:

    • Lake City: Open 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    • Open for lunch

    • Ballard: Open 9:00 am-5:00 pm
    • Closed for lunch 1:00-2:00

    • University: Open 10:00-6:00
    • Closed for lunch 2:00-3:00

    • Central: Open 9:00-5:00
    • Closed for lunch 1:00-2:00

    • Southeast: Open 9:00-5:00
    • Open for lunch

    • Delridge: Open 10:00-5:00
    • Closed for lunch 1:00-2:00

    • West Seattle: Open 9:00-5:00
    • Closed for lunch 1:00-2:00


PARKS

  • All golf courses are closed for sledding.


PREPAREDNESS

  • The City of Seattle is a partner in the Take Winter by Storm campaign to help residents prepare for winter conditions and emergencies. For information about how you can better prepare, visit wwww.takewinterbystorm.org
  • If Pipes Break or Freeze
  • Freezing weather is here. That means frozen and broken pipes are a possibility. If a water pipe breaks follow these steps:
    • Immediately close the main shut-off valve to stop flooding. The shut-off valve can be indoors or outdoors – usually in a basement, crawlspace or garage. If you cannot turn off the main shutoff valve, Seattle Public Utilities customers can call (206) 386-1800 and a crew will turn off the water at the meter for a standard service charge.
    • Call a plumber to repair or replace the damaged section of pipe as soon as possible.
    • Don’t use hair dryers to thaw frozen pipes — you face the risk of electrocution!
  • The City of Seattle is a partner in the Take Winter by Storm campaign to help residents prepare for winter conditions and emergencies. For information about how you can better prepare, visit www.takewinterbystorm.org
Representatives of the media should contact the following departmental representatives for additional information on the city’s response during and after this snowstorm.

  • Seattle Department of Transportation – For media inquiries regarding transportation issues, please call SDOT’s 24-7 media hotline at (206) 684-3151.
  • Seattle Fire Department – Helen Fitzpatrick, (206) 386-1463, helen.fitzpatrick@seattle.gov
  • Seattle Police Department – Sean Whitcomb, (206) 684-5520, sean.whitcomb@seattle.gov
  • Human Services Department – David Takami, (206) 684-0253, david.takami@seattle.gov
  • Seattle Public Utilities -- For media inquiries regarding Seattle Public Utilities operations, please call SPU’s 24-7 media pager, at: (206) 997-5972.
  • Seattle City Light – For media inquiries regarding Seattle City Light, please call City Light’s 24-7 media hotline at (206) 386-4233.


To see this morning’s status report information that is still current, please see today’s earlier news release.

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City of Seattle Continues Full Response to Severe Weather

City of SeattleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/24/2010 City of Seattle Continues Full Response to Severe Weather
Seattle’s Emergency Operations Center Active

SEATTLE – The City of Seattle continues its full response to the severe weather.

The National Weather Service is forecasting sub-freezing temperatures to last through Thanksgiving morning and to warm later that afternoon.

SDOT: SDOT continues working to prevent freezing on snow routes:

  • Currently the City has 17 trucks with salt spreaders and two flusher trucks deployed.
  • Snow routes are in good condition.
  • There was no significant re-freezing of cleared roadways during the past 24 hours.
  • There are no significant problems on the snow route network.
  • The Alaskan Way Viaduct and the West Seattle High Rise Bridge are bare and dry.
  • Focus is on reopening closed roads. The Seattle Police Department and SDOT are working to review roads currently closed and will update the list online.
  • The City will continue the same level of deployed vehicles for the morning commute; focus will be on efforts to prevent re-freezing, address trouble spots on Level 3 routes, and bring more roads off the closed list.
  • Because of the possibility of precipitation today leading to the formation of black ice tonight, some roads will remain closed.
  • 24 hour shifts will continue through Thursday, November 25.


SEATTLE PUBLIC UTILITIES

  • Garbage, yard waste and recycling collection have been postponed in Seattle for a second day, due to dangerous road conditions; icy side streets prohibit safe collections. There will be no residential services on Wednesday, November 24.
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  • Collection services for commercial and multi-family accounts will be available on a limited basis Wednesday, November 24, where access allows.
  • Customers whose containers were not collected on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of this week will have them collected next week on their regularly scheduled pick-up day, and will be allowed to set out double their normal amount of garbage, yard waste and recycling at no additional charge.


POLICE

As a result of the traffic-related issues created by the snow and ice, the Seattle Police Department continues to manage snow-related incidents at the precinct level, reporting to the Emergency Operations Center. Staffing and call volume today have been comparable to normal operations. It is anticipated that SPD will return to normal operations tomorrow if conditions remain the same.

HUMAN SERVICES

Several shelters will be available for people trying to avoid the cold overnight:

  • The co-ed City Hall shelter, located at Fourth and James, 9 p.m. – 6 a.m., capacity, 75 people;
  • The Frye Hotel, for women only, at Third and Yesler, 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., capacity, 25 people.
  • Starting today, the Seattle Center shelter building will be switched from the Pavilion to the Rainier Room (one of the Northwest rooms). Hours are 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
The Seattle Center Centerhouse is open 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. as a warming center.

LIBRARIES

  • All locations of The Seattle Public Library, including the downtown Central Library, will be open from noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 24.
  • The Green Lake Library was closed yesterday due to lack of staff availability because of the weather.
MUNICIPAL COURT

  • Seattle Municipal Court will begin at 10 a.m. today.


PARKS

  • Parks and Recreation Community Centers, Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center, Camp Long Environmental Learning Center, and the Amy Yee Tennis Center will operate from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today for drop-in activities.
  • Pools will operate an adjusted schedule, please call the individual pool for programs and times, with the exception of Helene Madison Pool, which will be closed.
  • Athletic fields will be closed Wednesday.
  • School Age Care Programs cancelled.
  • Athletic programs are cancelled.
  • Scheduled recreation programs and classes are cancelled.
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  • Swimming Lesson programs are cancelled.
  • Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center is closed.
  • Green Lake and Mt. Baker small craft centers are closed.
  • Jefferson Golf Course is open for sledding.


CITY LIGHT

  • There are no outages. At the height of the storm, 1,500 customers were without power. Most were restored within eight hours. The remaining customers were restored before 8 p.m. Tuesday.


FIRE

  • The Fire Department added two aid cars to help out with an increased number of emergency medical responses over the past 48 hours.
  • The department continues to increase staffing through Wednesday.
  • Seattle Fire dispatched 507 emergency responses on Monday, approximately twice the normal number of calls received per day.
  • All fire engines, trucks, medic units, and aid cars are chained up to allow access to emergencies.
PREPAREDNESS

  • If Pipes Break or Freeze
  • Freezing weather is here. That means frozen and broken pipes are a possibility. If a water pipe breaks follow these steps:
    • Immediately close the main shut-off valve to stop flooding. The shut-off valve can be indoors or outdoors – usually in a basement, crawlspace or garage. If you cannot turn off the main shutoff valve, Seattle Public Utilities customers can call (206) 386-1800 and a crew will turn off the water at the meter for a standard service charge.
    • Call a plumber to repair or replace the damaged section of pipe as soon as possible.
    • Don’t use hair dryers to thaw frozen pipes — you face the risk of electrocution!
  • The City of Seattle is a partner in the Take Winter by Storm campaign to help residents prepare for winter conditions and emergencies. For information about how you can better prepare, visit www.takewinterbystorm.org


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City of Seattle Continues Full Response in Treating Snow Routes

City of SeattleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/23/2010

City of Seattle Continues Full Response in Treating Snow Routes
Seattle’s Emergency Operations Center Deactivates

SEATTLE – The City of Seattle will continue its full response in treating snow routes through the night but the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be deactivated at 7 p.m. today, following two days of operation in response to the first snowstorm of the season. The EOC is scheduled to resume operations at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Barb Graff, director of the city of Seattle's Office of Emergency Management, said the EOC stood down after emergency activity declined to the level where it was appropriate for the city to go back to normal departmental operations.

The city’s response to the snowstorm included:

  • SDOT anti-icing / plows
  • Additional shelter opened at Seattle Center Pavilion
  • Warming centers opened at the Family and Adult Service Center (FASC) Day Center and The Seattle Center House
  • Warnings about appropriate heating devices
  • Information on what to do if you experience frozen pipes
  • How to protect your pets from cold weather


Looking ahead to Wednesday:

POLICE

As a result of the traffic-related issues created by the snow and ice, the Seattle Police Department is currently managing snow-related incidents at the precinct level, with periodic reporting through the SPOC. Police staffing and call volume today have been comparable to normal operations and has not been significantly affected by the weather. It is anticipated that SPD will return to normal operations tomorrow if conditions remain the same.

HUMAN SERVICES

Several shelters will be available for people trying to avoid the cold:

  • The co-ed City Hall shelter, located at Fourth and James, 9 p.m. – 6 a.m., capacity, 75 people;
  • The Frye Hotel, for women only, at Third and Yesler, 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., capacity, 25 people.
  • The Seattle Center shelter building will be switched from the Pavilion to the Rainier Room (one of the Northwest rooms), 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., capacity 100 people.
LIBRARIES

  • All locations of The Seattle Public Library, including the downtown Central Library, will be open from noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 24
PARKS

  • Parks and Recreation Community Centers, Discovery Park ELC, Camp Long, and the Amy Yee Tennis Center will operate from 10am – 5pm, Wednesday, 11/24, for drop-in activities.
  • Pools will operate an adjusted schedule, please call the individual pool for programs and times. Madison Pool will be closed tomorrow.
  • Athletic Fields will be closed Wednesday
  • School Age Care Programs are cancelled
  • Athletic programs are cancelled
  • Scheduled Recreation programs and classes are cancelled
  • Swimming Lesson programs are cancelled
  • Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center will be closed
  • Green Lake and Mt Baker Small Craft Centers will be closed
  • Parks will make a decision on golf courses in the morning
PREPAREDNESS

  • The City of Seattle is a partner in the Take Winter By Storm campaign to help residents prepare for winter conditions and emergencies. For information about how you can better prepare, visit www.takewinterbystorm.org


Representatives of the media should contact the following departmental representatives for additional information on the city’s response during and after this snowstorm.

  • Seattle Department of Transportation – For media inquiries regarding transportation issues, please call SDOT’s 24-7 media hotline at (206) 684-3151.
  • Seattle Fire Department – Helen Fitzpatrick, (206) 386-1463, helen.fitzpatrick@seattle.gov
  • Seattle Police Department – Sean Whitcomb, (206) 684-5520, sean.whitcomb@seattle.gov
  • Human Services Department – David Takami, (206) 684-0253, david.takami@seattle.gov
  • Seattle Public Utilities -- For media inquiries regarding Seattle Public Utilities operations, please call SPU’s 24-7 media pager, at: (206) 997-5972.
  • Seattle City Light – For media inquiries regarding Seattle City Light, please call City Light’s 24-7 media hotline at (206) 386-4233.


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City of Seattle Continues Response to Severe Weather

City of SeattleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/22/2010

SEATTLE – With the National Weather Service calling for continued subfreezing temperatures and winds gusting up to 40 mph, the city of Seattle continues its response. Following is an update.

  • The Seattle Department of Transportation continues its snow response with 22 plows and three flusher trucks applying anti-icing material on snow routes through 8 p.m. On the night shift SDOT will continue salt brining on snow routes. For more information, please see
    http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/winterweather.htm.

  • The city of Seattle will open the Seattle Center Pavilion near Key Arena tonight through Thursday, Nov. 25, as an additional shelter for homeless people. Doors open at 9 p.m. each evening. These shelters are also open the nights of November 22, 23, 24, and 25:

    • City Hall, 4th Avenue between Cherry and James Sts., is open from 9 p.m. and people should not arrive before 8:30 p.m.

    • Frye Hotel (women only), 3rd Ave. and Yesler Way, opens at 8 p.m.
  • Fire Department has chained up four of its engines in anticipation of worsening road conditions; Engine 17 (University District), Engine 31 (Northgate), Engine 8 (top of Queen Anne Hill), and Engine 2 (bottom of Queen Anne Hill).

  • Seattle Parks and Recreation has closed all athletic fields and has cancelled all community center programs scheduled after 6 p.m., and all pool programs. Parks has also cancelled all evening recreation programs and closed middle-school learning centers and golf courses. Pools and community centers are open for drop-in use until their regularly scheduled closing times and school age care camps are in session. http://parkways.seattle.gov/2010/11/22/parks-and-recreation-cancels-programs-closes-some-facilities/

  • Woodland Park Zoo closed at 3 p.m. today. Regular winter hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

  • The City reminds residents NOT to use barbecues or electric generators indoors, because poisonous carbon monoxide build up and can cause permanent brain damage and even death.

  • Seattle Animal Shelter reminds pet owners to keep pets inside. For more information, please see http://thescoop.seattle.gov/2010/11/17/seattle-animal-shelter-reminds-pet-owners-to-protect-pets-from-cold/.

  • There is no change in garbage pickup at this time.

  • For more information, go to http://www.seattle.gov.

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City of Seattle Responds to Heavy Rains

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/3/2007 City of Seattle Responds to Heavy Rains SEATTLE - City of Seattle crews are responding to neighborhood flooding and landslides caused by heavy rains. The city has activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC... Read more »

Avoid University Bridge for Afternoon Commute

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/2/2007 SEATTLE –Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) officials advise Seattle motorists to avoid the University Bridge during today’s afternoon commute, as it is closed because of this morning’s water main b... Read more »

Water Service Restored in Aftermath of University Bridge Main Break

City of SeattleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/2/2007

Water Service Restored in Aftermath of University Bridge Main Break

Bridge Remains Closed Until Further Notice; Update Expected Later This Evening

SEATTLE -- Water was restored to areas of Seattle’s Eastlake and Capitol Hill neighborhoods at 5 p.m. today, following a morning break in a 24-inch water main which shut down the University Bridge and disrupted water service to some local business and residences.

The bridge remains closed until further notice, and commuters are advised to find alternate routes. An update on the bridge’s status is expected later this evening.

The cause of the water main break, first reported at 7:36 a.m. on Portage Bay Place which runs under the south end of the bridge, is still under investigation. The bridge was closed at 7:45 this morning as a precaution.

At around 11 a.m., Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) crews had completed the complex job of shutting off the water main, which involved closing a number of valves. Water pressure in the pipe had been slowly reduced to avoid damage to the system. Crews were finishing up the process of restoring limited local service.

Two unoccupied, parked cars, which fell into a large sinkhole caused by the break, have been removed.

Seattle Department of Transportation engineers were on the scene to determine whether there has been any structural damage to the bridge.

Some Metro buses are being rerouted. For more information call 206-553-3000, or go to http://transit.metrokc.gov.

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) received several hundred customer phone calls who have lost water service or pressure due to the broken water main. Water pressure has been restored to neighborhoods outside the affected project area.

The City’s water is safe. If you have discolored water, as a general precaution we recommend that you wait until the water clears before drinking it.

  • There is no reason to believe that contamination entered the water system.

  • Discolored water results from internal pipe rust getting stirred up with changes in flow and pressure.

  • If the water does not clear, let the water sit for an hour. Then run the water for a few minutes and flush the toilet a couple of times. If the water remains discolored, please contact SPU Customer Service at (206) 684-3000.

Only one leak in the cast iron water main has been reported in the last 15 years.

The section of pipe that broke is 90 years old. There are 147 miles of cast iron pipes in Seattle’s system. This pipe is a feeder line which is part of the backbone of the distribution grid for the City.

The last similar break was on Western Avenue in 1998, near Pike Place Market. A major contributing factor in that break was a footing for a pedestrian walkway that was directly over the pipe. Small but repeated loading caused a crack that ultimately leak to the break.

The cause of the current break remains under investigation. The existing pipe had a 12-foot longitudinal split.

The durability of cast iron pipe is influenced by how well it was installed, the surrounding soil, the presence of vibration and other loads over the top of the pipe. Based on these factors and the current leak rates, SPU assessed that the life expectancy of pipes in its system is 150 to 200 years.

In Seattle, pipes are monitored based on their leak history. Pipes that have frequent leaks are typically replaced.

SPU has benchmarked its system nationally and internationally. The results show that Seattle has one of the most robust water systems in the world. Our leak rate is one-third of the national average, and one-tenth of Australia’s.

In addition to providing a reliable water supply to more than 1.3 million customers in the Seattle metropolitan area, SPU provides essential sewer, drainage, solid waste and engineering services that safeguard public health, maintain the city’s infrastructure and protect, conserve and enhance the region's environmental resources.

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Flooding Aftermath

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/20/2003 WINDY,RAINY WEATHER DICTATES CAUTION ON CITY STREETS SEATTLE - Tuesday morning commuters should drive carefully, cautions Seattle Department of Transportation Director Grace Crunican. Even if the rain tapers of... Read more »