Prepare now for heavy rain later this week

November 5, 2008

By Staff

NEW — 1:58 p.m. November 5, 2008

The National Weather Service is predicting heavy rain for the end of this week, which serves as a good reminder to Issaquah citizens and businesses that now is the time to get ready for fall and winter storms.

To prevent any localized flooding, residents can help by keeping storm drains near their homes clear of debris and leaves. For larger storm water issues, call the Public Works Operations Department at 837-3470.

As the stormy season continues, residents and business owners can also prepare for major floods by:

  • Determining if you are in a flood-prone area. Call 837-3400 or go to the city’s Emergency Management Web site at www.ci.issaquah.wa.us/em.
  • Updating flood plans for your family or business, which should include emergency phone numbers, the safest route to higher ground and a process for how your neighbors will notify each other.
  • Purchasing flood insurance to protect your property.
  • In needed, requesting free sand and bags from the city. For more information, call 837-3470.
  • Familiarizing yourself with the city’s Flood Information System, which notifies residents and businesses of impending floodwaters through:

 

Now is the prefect time to also prepare for snow. Drivers are encouraged to check their vehicle’s battery, brakes, tires, lights, wipers, oil and radiator fluid/hoses to ensure they are ready for winter driving. In addition, pack emergency supplies, including tire chains, in your vehicle.

Drivers who get stuck in the snow should not abandon their vehicles in an area that would block traffic, as those vehicles will be towed. For further tips during snowstorms, tune in to 1700 AM.

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