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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Emergency Operations Center deactivated at 11 a.m.

1/20/2012  11:00:00 AM

City asks residents to help prevent flooding by clearing storm drains

SEATTLE —With the snow melting, power back on for all but 260 Seattle City Light Customers and most arterial streets bare and wet, the Emergency Operations Center and Joint Information Center deactivated at 11 a.m.

Seattle Public Utilities is working actively to prevent flooding, with 18 crews deployed clearing storm drains around the city. Teams have been dispatched to known trouble spots and water crews on regular duty are clearing drains as they work as well.

As the snow thaws, the City is asking residents and businesses to locate nearby storm drains in the street and — if it’s safe — to clear them of snow and debris. We have about 80,000 storm drains in Seattle — far more than City crews can clear quickly.

Helping out by clearing storm drains is the single most important thing people can do to protect their property and prevent water from pooling and creating traffic hazards.

If an inlet or street drain appears to be blocked by snow or debris, try to safely clear a channel to provide a path for the runoff. Mayor McGinn offers tips on cleaning storm drains in this video:

If the drain cannot be cleared, or if the cause of the blockage or flooding is uncertain, call Seattle Public Utilities at (206) 386-1800.

There will be no residential garbage pickups today, and limited commercial and apartment services. If your garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste was not picked up this week, please put them out on your next regularly scheduled pickup day. Missed customers will be allowed to set out double their normal amount of garbage, recycling and yard waste at no additional charge. Learn more at:

SDOT’s Winter Weather page is available at and includes maps of the City’s snow routes and real-time information on road conditions.

For information on public transportation options, please visit King County Metro ( and Sound Transit ( Riders are encouraged to check bus status online as conditions change.

For more information about weather safety tips, please go to

Members of the press should contact individual departments for media inquiries: Seattle Department of Transportation - 206 684-3151, Seattle Public Utilities - 206-997-5972, Seattle City Light - 206-386-4233.

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