Plan ahead for flooding and severe winter weather

October 22, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 22, 2010

Though sunshine has lingered for the past several days, emergency planners marked Winter Weather Awareness Week.

The milestone serves as a reminder for people, businesses and schools to re-examine winter weather preparedness plans.

The city has a plan to keep major arterial roads clear if snowflakes start to fall. Find more information about snow routes through Issaquah and flood-response plans here.

Learn more about the “watch” and “warning” definitions used by the National Weather Service.

Severe winter weather last tested the plan in late 2008, as unseasonable cold surged into the Puget Sound region Even as snowfall accompanied the cold snap, city crews kept major city streets open. In the meantime, most city facilities remained open, too.

The city also faced flooding in January 2009, as rain- and snow-swollen Issaquah Creek inundated businesses and homes.

King County emergency planners encourage residents to prepare for severe seasonal weather through the Take Winter by Storm effort. Learn more about the program here.

The state Department of Transportation has also urged drivers to prepare for driving in wintry conditions. Find more preparedness information here.

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