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City of Seattle Update on Winter Weather Response – Tuesday, January 14

Seattle (January 14, 2020) – Following additional overnight
snowfall and freezing conditions, the City of Seattle is closely monitoring
impacts to services. Overnight the City experienced snow flurries, leaving a
trace to two inches of snow on the ground and some areas of ice. 

Weather forecasts for the
Seattle area shifted overnight and some models are predicting several more
inches of lowland snow today and tonight. Temperatures remain below freezing
and residents who must travel should use caution on streets, especially bridges
and overpasses, sidewalks, bike lanes, and curb ramps.

Neighbors are encouraged to
clear their sidewalks to prevent the buildup of snow and ice.

The following are updates
from City departments:

Seattle Department of
Transportation
– City crews treated
all winter response routes and arterials with salt last night. The majority of
green and gold streets are safe to drive on with pavement bare and wet. Some
neighborhood side streets are covered with snow. There may be ice under snow or
on clear patches of pavement. Residents traveling by car, foot or other mode
should use caution and check conditions before traveling.

S Bangor St between 53rd Ave
S and 55th Ave S is closed and drivers are advised to avoid the area.

The City remains on 24/7,
around-the-clock coverage and will continue patrolling snow routes today,
salting and treating streets as necessary. Crews will respond to trouble spots
and service requests from partner agencies and the public. To report an issue,
the public can call 206-684-ROAD.

Seattle residents can help
each other get around safely by keeping sidewalks and curb ramps clear, only
driving if it’s critical, and following all street closed signs.  For
information on road closures, plowed roads, and planned snow response routes,
please visit the Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) live Storm Response Map.

Human Services Department –In addition to continuing to support the
City’s shelters and tiny home villages, the City has expanded capacity and
opened emergency shelters. Last night, there were approximately 350
individuals in emergency shelters at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, City Hall,
and the King County Administration Building. While City Hall shelters and
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall were at capacity last night, no one will be
turned away from emergency shelter. The City has capacity to surge shelter
approximately 600 spaces through the use of Seattle Municipal Tower and
community centers. Parks and HSD will continue to monitor weather conditions
and shelter capacity to determine if additional emergency sheltering resources
are necessary. 

Seattle Center Armory has
and will continue to serve as a day-time warming center. Bertha Knight Landes at City Hall served
as an early morning warming center the last two days and will continue to be
open during the weather event. The Navigation Team was conducting outreach
yesterday from 7am until 12am last night. Outreach will continue today and
beyond during this cold weather event. The Navigation Team has large-scale
transportation at the ready to transport individuals to shelter.  

Seattle Fire Department – The Seattle Fire Department
responded to three overnight structure fires in the South end of the City. One
was caused by an overheated extension cord, and the other two by overheated
electrical. Residents should follow these tips to
heat their home safely in the cold weather, and prevent carbon
monoxide poisoning
 if the power goes out.

Firefighters
responded to a 15-20 vehicle collision on the westbound 520 bridge last evening.
There were no major injuries. Stay home if you can, assume roads are icy, and
take extra precaution if you must drive. 

The fire department continues to respond to reports of slips and falls
on ice. Make sure to wear shoes with good tread, reflective gear at night, and
keep hands free from pockets in case you need to break a fall. Check on your
neighbors and keep sidewalks clear. 

The Health One
unit operated in the downtown core and Capitol Hill neighborhoods on Monday. They provided transportation as well as food
and clothing outreach to unsheltered individuals. 

Seattle Public Utilities – Due to unsafe road
conditions, garbage, recycling, and food/yard collections are delayed in parts
of Southwest Seattle and Northwest Seattle on Tuesday, Jan 14. Check online
for the most recent updates
about
these delays and follow SPU on twitter @SeattleSPU.

If there is a delay,
customers should set out their carts on their usual day and leave them out the
following day. If their carts have not been collected by the end of the
following day, they can set out double amounts on their next pickup day at no
extra charge.

Seattle City Light – Seattle City Light did not see significant power
outages overnight. The City is prepared with necessary equipment, supplies,
chains for our trucks, etc., to respond to any outage. With a forecast of
additional snow that can further weigh down tree branches, people should be
prepared for potential outages. Should there be widespread outages, we have
crews on standby ready to respond and we’ll work 24/7 until every single
customer is back on.

Tips for staying safe in
case of an outage:

  • Be prepared for potential power outages with blankets, flashlights and batteries. And don’t forget to charge your devices so you can call if you need assistance, can keep an eye on the status with our online outage map (www.seattle.gov/light/outage) or pass the time.
  • If you see a downed power line, stay at least 35 feet away and call 911.
  • Avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning by never bringing generators, camp stoves or barbeques indoors.

Seattle Center – Seattle
Center Armory will maintain regular hours today, 7am-9pm, and serve as a
warming center. Seattle Center Monorail will operate according to its regular
schedule, 7:30am-9pm.

Customer Service Centers – All Customer Service
Centers, including City Hall, Seattle Municipal Tower as well as the Animal
Shelter will open on time today. The Mobile Customer Service Center will not
being in service. 

Seattle Public Schools – Seattle Public Schools will start two hours late
today to allow time for road conditions to improve. The Seattle Department of
Transportation is in contact with SPS.

Seattle Parks and
Recreation
– All
parks are open. Community Centers and Pools will be open today but delayed on a
case by case basis. Please check
online for details
about specific sites and programs. Early morning
programs and early morning swim is cancelled.

Interbay and Jackson Golf
courses are open for snow play if there is sufficient snow.

Seattle Preschool Program – Parents are encouraged to follow their preschool
provider’s inclement weather policy. SPS-operated full day preschool, SPP, and
Head Start have a two-hour delay and transportation will be operating on snow
routes.

The Seattle Public
Library
– No impacts to service.

Seattle City Council – The Seattle City Council will operate on a regular
schedule today.

Seattle Municipal Courts – Seattle Municipal Court will be open normal
business hours today. Jurors summoned to report today should report by the time
indicated on their summons. If not able to report, please contact the Jury
Coordinator at (206) 684-5688. The public can find the latest information on
the Seattle Municipal Court website or by calling 206-684-5600.