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Tacoma Declares State of Civil Emergency
Just in case you didn’t know … it’s raining out there. And, it’s raining enough that the Puyallup is expected to bust its banks early Thursday morning. With that in mind, Tacoma’s Mayor and City Manager have declared a state of civil emergency.
The declaration was made based on flooding risks to the City’s Central Wastewater Treatment Plant, which could pose a risk to public health.
The City’s Emergency Operations Center will open at 6 p.m. tonight and will remain open for the duration of the emergency.
The City’s surface water crews have switched to a 24-hour work schedule to attempt to keep the more than 22,000 public storm drains clean in Tacoma. Drains near street corners and in low areas of streets and parking lots are the main concern. Drivers navigating Tacoma’s rain-logged streets or in areas that are prone to slides, such as Schuster Parkway and Marine View Drive, are encouraged to drive with caution. Remember that it is not safe to walk or drive through flooded areas.
Check your basements.
How are you doing? Staying dry?
Link to the City of Tacoma
I-5 in Fife may be closing due to flooding. TNT has the full press release here.
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