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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, March 9, 2007

Bellevue braces for pineapple express

With a "pineapple express" storm expected to dump heavy rain on Bellevue over the weekend, city crews are taking measures to prevent flooding. Residents are being asked to clear leaves and debris from storm drains near their homes.

Very warm and wet weather originating from Hawaii will reach Bellevue and surrounding areas Saturday night and Sunday. With more than 30,000 storm drains in the city, city staff and resident action is important to prevent backups.

Safety tips during rain storms:
 If you have a life-threatening situation, call 911.
 To report hazardous road conditions, down or damaged stop or yield signs, flooding, water main break at your home or business or lack of water, please call City of Bellevue Utilities 24-hour emergency number 425-452-7840.

 To report gas leaks, power outages, and down power lines, please call Puget Sound Energy at 1-888-225-5773.

 If you need a sump pump, contact rental equipment stores. Supplies usually go fast.

 Stay away from power lines and electrical wires.  Electrical current can travel through water.

 Remember that during a storm it’s normal for streams to rise and that some parking lots and parks are designed to fill with water. However, do not walk through these flooded areas. Six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet.

 If a road is flooded, do not drive through the water, as the water may be deeper than it appears. Never drive past a barricade.

 If your car stalls in a flooded area, abandon it as soon as possible and walk back to higher ground.

 Have a backpack or duffel bag ready in a closet close to the door in case you need to evacuate. Some items to include are bottled water, first aid kit, warm weather-proof clothing, food, battery operated radio and extra batteries, sleeping bag or blankets, prescription medication, etc.

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Contact Information

Utilities Department
450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Phone: 425-452-7840
E-mail: utilities@bellevuewa.gov?cc=mmay@bellevuewa.gov

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