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Digging out from record snow

Message from Mayor Andy Rheaume

February has been the snowiest month in 50 years!
Many of our employees have been working 12-hour shifts, seven days a week, since Feb. 4. I had an opportunity to ride in a snowplow and see our crews at work. They’ve really been doing an amazing job.

We appreciate your patience and your support these last couple of weeks. From those of you who flagged down snow plow drivers to deliver brownies, to those who took our requests seriously and dug out storm drains and fire hydrants, we thank you. We are anticipating warming temperatures but with that comes additional risks. Take a moment to stay prepared and stay safe. And thanks again.

Clearing snow on our roads

Priority routes and arterials are clear in Bothell. Thanks for your patience as crews work to clear neighborhood streets today. They are not likely to be able to make it to every neighborhood but are working as hard as they can. Many neighborhoods may still have compact snow or slush, which will freeze overnight.  

Parks remain closed today

Crews are working to remove downed trees and branches that came down yesterday in neighborhoods and parks. Parks are closed until we can assess safety. The downed tree at left is in East Norway Hill Park. 

Recology offers emergency collection zone

Customers can bring garbage and recycling bagged or bundled to Recology CleanScapes' emergency collection zone:
Feb. 13 - 15
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Pop Keeney Stadium
9809 NE 188th St.

Preparing for what's ahead

Temperatures to drop tonight

It's going to get COLD tonight! Wet roads will turn icy. Be careful out there if you're driving and watch out for black ice. Some tips:

  • Turn, brake, and drive slowly.
  • Keep more distance between you and other vehicles.
  • Be extra cautious where black ice forms: overpasses, shaded areas, and less-traveled roads.
Black ice safety tips

Prevent urban flooding

As melting continues, and with additional rain expected, urban flooding may occur. Some prevention tips:
  • Keep storm drains clear of snow and ice to prevent urban flooding.
  • Keep fire hydrants clear, too. It helps our Fire Department in emergencies.

What is hydroplaning?

In wet conditions, tires can completely lose contact with the road and skid, also known as hydroplaning.

Safety tips:

  • Avoid the use of cruise control in order to respond quickly if the car loses traction with the road.
  • Reduce speed and avoid hard braking and making sharp turns.
  • Increase following distance to allow for ample space if a sudden stop occurs.
  • If the vehicle begins to hydroplane, gently ease off the accelerator and steer in the direction the vehicle should go until traction is regained. Do not brake forcefully as this can cause the vehicle to skid. (Thanks to AAA Washington for these tips)

Winter resources and more information

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