Update on snow event

The latest forecast from the National Weather Service predicts that snow will likely begin to fall during this afternoon’s commute. People should consider finishing their afternoon commute early today. You can read here for more details on the forecast.

Inspect your property for signs of slope movement, Seattle now over landslide threshold

More than three inches of rain has fallen in the past 24 hours — pushing the Seattle area well over the landslide threshold. Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) said the saturated soil means reduced soil stability and a greatly increased chance of landslides. If a landslide damages your property and you have an immediate concern for […]

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 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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Status Update on City Reponse to Severe Weather

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/23/2010 Status Update on City Reponse to Severe Weather Emergency Operations Center Activated at 5:00 a.m. SEATTLE – The City of Seattle Emergency Operations Center activated at 5:00 a.m. this morning. The foll…

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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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-11-05

Vehicle versus pedestrian collision, 1300 block of Aurora Ave N on 9-11-09 at 9:15 p.m. For more info, go to http://spdblotter.seattle.gov # Malicious Harassment/Property Damage incident in South Seattle. For more details, go to http://spdblotter.seattle.gov. # Street robbery at knifepoint near Boren and Broadway on Sept 13th at 2:00 a.m…. [ Keep reading ]

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…

Broken Water Main Shuts Down University Bridge; Eastlake Boulevard Closed Just South of Bridge; Some Customers Without Water

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/2/2007 Broken Water Main Shuts Down University Bridge; Eastlake Boulevard Closed Just South of Bridge; Some Customers Without Water SEATTLE – A broken 24-inch water main shut down the University Bridge this morning an…

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…

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…