The last autumn leaves are falling, and so is the heavy rain, and those leaves and other debris could clog storm drains and cause some roads and areas to flood. By taking a few easy steps to prepare and clearing the storm drains in your area, you could save yourself and your neighbors from a holiday headache and prevent flooding in your neighborhood.
"With more than a 1,000 miles of roads to maintain in the county, we really appreciate it when residents help us keep the storm drains and ditches free of debris and litter," said Lucy Mills, Road Operations Manager for Thurston County Public Works. "That small task ends up being a big help to us, and it helps keep everyone's drive safer and easier with less flooding."
Residents of unincorporated Thurston County can call the Roads Maintenance division at (360) 867-2300 to report flooded roads. Residents are urged to only use 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies. You can also follow Thurston County Public Works on Twitter at @Thurston_PW
. For more information about the county's winter road maintenance and how to contact the Public Works Department to report road hazards, go to www.co.thurston.wa.us/publicworks
and click on the "Emergency & Weather Info" link.
Thurston County road crews and emergency management officials remind drivers to stay safe and use caution during bad weather:
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- In bad weather, stay off the road if you can. The best way to avoid snow, ice and flooding is to stay off the road during bad weather. But if you must drive, take it slow, increase your following distance, and make sure the county's trucks and equipment can get through in your neighborhood.
- Remember your car emergency kit. Keep an emergency kit in your car that includes bottled water and high energy, non-perishable food, plus an extra blanket, warm clothes, a battery-powered flashlight and extra batteries.
- Don't drive on flooded roads. As little as 18 inches of water can float a small car.
- Don't drive around road barriers. The road or bridge may be washed out.
- Anti-icing solution and sanding won't clear every spot. Once temperatures dip below the mid-20s, anti-icing solution won't stop moisture in the air or on the ground from freezing on the surface, and snow and freezing rain can begin to accumulate, even on treated roadways.
Get Thurston County Emergency Management updates on Facebook and Twitter:
- Facebook: ThurstonEM
- Twitter: @ThurstonEM