Winter Thaw Alert

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With the thaw on the way, the City of Seattle is asking residents and businesses to locate nearby storm drains in the street. If it’s safe please clear them of snow and debris. It’s the single most important thing people can do to protect their property and prevent water from pooling and creating traffic hazards.

In Seattle, there are about 80,000 storm drains, a sizeable task for city crews.

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

Businesses and residents are reminded to keep their sidewalks clear. Pedestrians should exercise caution, many sidewalks are icy and there is the danger of falling ice from trees, buildings and power lines.

Thank you for your assistance with keeping our city safe.

Councilmember Tom Rasmussen