Weather Update

Update on City Services
Posted on 01/01/2019

City of Renton SealFebruary 15, 2019

Last update: 7:15 a.m.

Categories updated:

  • Public Works
  • Recreation Facilities, Programs & Events (Maplewood GC) 

Public Works

(updated: 2/15/19 4:25 a.m.)

  • Operations for sanding and plowing are winding down.

  • The split 12-hour shift crews have been working since February 3 with end at 7 a.m. Friday. Crews will return to their regular 8-hour shifts.

  • Please continue to use caution when walking on sidewalks, parking lots, and stairs.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Snow Routes

Thank You

Our crews wish to thank everyone for their patience and for all their kind words. 

Snow Removal

During snow and ice events, department sanders and snow plows are dispatched to keep major arterials driveable. 

It is imperative that motorists do not park or abandon their vehicles within any portion of the traffic lanes. Abandoned vehicles impair snow and ice removal and impact response of emergency vehicles and are subject to towing by the Renton Police Department.

"Be safe out there"

Ride along with one of the city's plow trucks.

Winter Preparations

As winter weather approaches, the City of Renton's Maintenance Services Division completed their winter preparations last October by outfitting and testing their fleet of ten plows, nine sanders and three anti-icing trucks. See how they completed the process to help ensure our streets are safe for all.

Additional Information

Open the accordions below to for more information.

Numbers

Materials Used: Sunday, February 3 – Wednesday, February 6

  • Over 3,700 miles of road plowed, sanded and treated, roughly equivalent to a round trip to Nome, Alaska (1,953 miles from Seattle).
  • 150 tons of sand
  • 200 tons of road salt
  • 3,000 gallons of de-icer

Thursday, February 7 (5 p.m.) to Monday, February 11 (4 a.m.):

  • 73 tons of sand
  • 73 tons of salt
  • 2,345 gallons of de-icer
  • Total miles driven by city plow crews has been 5,745 miles, roughly a round trip from Renton to New York City (2,828 miles one-way).

Recreation Facilities, Programs and Events - Open on February 15

(updated: 2/14/19; 7:15 a.m.)

Friday, February 15

Open

  • Renton Community Center

  • Renton Senior Activity Center 

  • Highlands Neighborhood Center 

  • North Highlands Neighborhood Center

  • Maplewood Golf Course
    • Golf Course – closed
    • Driving Range – closed
    • Pro-Shop – limited hours
    • River Rock Restaurant & Bar – opens at 8 a.m. and on normal schedule

To be Determined

  • Renton History Museum

Republic Services

(update: 02/14/19; 7:20 a.m.)

Republic Services is planning to run all Thusday residential routes in Renton as scheduled.

In the interest of safety for their customers and drivers, there will likely be some neighborhoods they are unable to service due to poor conditions. Those neighborhoods missed will be able to set out garbage and recycles for collection on Saturday, February 16, weather permitting.

Unlimited organics will be collected on their next scheduled collection day.

Republic Services will inform those in areas they are unable to collect or if conditions and/or schedules change.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Reminder

  • Garbage and recycle that was not collected on February 11-13 will be collected on Saturday, February 16, weather permitting.

  • Unlimited amounts of organics will be collected on those customers’ next scheduled collection, weather permitting.

  • Garbage and recycle missed the week of February 4, will be collected on the customer's next scheduled collection day, weather permitting.

There is no charge for the extra waste.

Please store overflow in sturdy garbage bags or in plastic tubs with lids.

Republic Services Inclement Weather process

Winter Storm Tips

From Puget Sound Energy.

  • Make sure to have emergency supplies on hand at home and in your vehicle, such as extra batteries, flashlights, food and blankets
  • Have a battery-powered radio ready to go
  • Charge cell phones and mobile devices in case the power goes out
  • Download the PSE mobile outage app to track and report outages, check status and get estimated restoration times, or visit our website.

Safety first

  • Never touch or go within 35 feet of downed power lines because they might be energized. Call PSE at 1-888-225-5773 or 911 to report problems.
  • Do not use a charcoal or gas grill to cook indoors. Never use a natural gas range for heating, or charcoal as an indoor heating source. This can cause a buildup of poisonous carbon monoxide gas.
  • If you choose to use a portable home generator, read the manufacturer’s instructions for the safe operation of the generator. Do not operate generators indoors or in enclosed spaces to avoid the build up of carbon monoxide.
  • If you’re using portable heaters, keep them away from furniture, draperies and other flammable materials.
  • Always use flashlights instead of candles.

 Snowstorms and Extreme Cold

King County's Emergency News website has tips and links to help you through the storm. Included is bus information, severe weather shelters, and tips for staying warm.

Dealing with Downed Power Lines

from Puget Sound Energy

Keep clear of fallen utility wires

If you come across a downed utility wire of any kind, always do the following:

Assume it's energized and stay as far away as you can.

Energized lines can charge the ground near the point of contact and may electrocute you. If you come upon a downed line of any kind, stay at least 35 feet away. Do not attempt to rescue a person or pet.

Call 911 or the utility serving the location. For Puget Sound Energy, call 1-888-225-5773. Leave everything to utility professionals and emergency personnel.

Do not drive over downed power lines.
Even if they're not energized, downed wires can get entangled with your vehicle and cause further damage.

Stay in your car.
If a power line falls on your vehicle while you're driving, do not exit until you know for sure that the line is de-energized.

If you must evacuate, jump away and land with both feet together.
Do not touch the vehicle while stepping on the ground, as this can create a path for electricity to run through you.

Shuffle away to safety.
Keep your feet together and take small, shuffling steps until you're at least 35 feet away. Taking larger steps can also create a path for electricity to run through you.

Loss of Power - Stay Safe

from Puget Sound Energy

If you’re without power, we encourage you to stay safe:

  • Do not use a charcoal or gas grill to cook indoors.
  • Never use a natural gas range for heating, or charcoal as an indoor heating source. This can cause a buildup of poisonous carbon monoxide gas.
  • If you choose to use a portable home generator, read the manufacturer’s instructions for the safe operation of the generator. Do not operate generators indoors or in enclosed spaces to avoid the build-up of carbon monoxide.
  • If you’re using portable heaters, keep them away from furniture, draperies and other flammable materials.
  • Always use flashlights instead of candles.
  • Never touch or go within 35 feet of downed power lines because they might be energized. Call PSE at 1-888-225-5773 or 911 to report problems.
  • Find a warming shelter near you.

 Outage Status

General outage information

Your Roof ... and Snow

As snow melts, it is important to ensure rooftop drains and downspouts are clear of ice or other obstructions and functioning. 

All roofs have a designed snow load and if you are unsure about how much snow your roof can support, contact a professional.

There are several ways to remove snow from your roof. But before attempting, please review these safety tips from King County.

  • Removing snow from your roof with a shovel can trigger unexpected snow slides causing crushing/suffocating injuries or death. Keep people and animals away from potential slide zones.

  • It is strongly recommend you not access your roof to clear snow. Climbing on a roof increases the load already stressed by the heavy snow load. The use of ladders when removing snow from your roof can pose additional hazards.

  • Consider hiring experts who have experience and specialized equipment for safely clearing snow or ice.

  • Clear any accumulation of snow around side wall vents that connect to household appliances, such as a clothes dryer.

Remember, the ultimate goal is not to remove all visible snow and ice, but rather to remove enough to relieve the excessive load on your roof.

City News Releases

About the City of Renton

The City of Renton, Washington, with a population of 104,100 (2018), is located on the southeast shore of Lake Washington, just south of Seattle. Renton's strong economic base, diverse marketplace and favorable business climate have attracted the attention of nationally recognized companies that are providing employees and their families an outstanding quality of life. Renton is the home of Boeing, PACCAR, IKEA, the Seattle Seahawks, and the eternal resting place of Jimi Hendrix. More information can be found on our website, news releases, or Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor pages.

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