Heavy rain anticipated tonight and tomorrow; City prepares

Sandbags delivered to Delridge Community Center; Extra city drainage crews placed on alert in anticipation of rain event

Seattle Public Utilities has put crews on alert and assigned extra employeess to report to work Saturday and Sunday. SPU delivered 250 packed sandbags to the Delridge Community Center that were free to the public and has staged flood-control equipment in other parts of the city. The sandbags were all taken by mid morning on Saturday. West Seattle residents in flood prone areas are keeping an eye on Longfellow Creek and other streams in the area.

If you live in a landslide prone area and a landslide damages your property, if you have an immediate concern for your safety leave the premises and call 9-1-1.

To learn more about emergency management regarding landlidesvisit this page.

The city is urging residents to make sure that street drains are free of debris. To report flooding or blocked drains in Seattle, call 206-386-1800.

The National Weather Service is predicting Seattle could see one to three inches of rain between late Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, with another storm coming close on its heels Monday. The heaviest rain will likely occur south of the ship canal.

To report flooding or blocked drains or heavy ponding in the street or elsewhere, please call (206) 386-1800.

SPU reminds the public to stay out of low-lying areas during times of heavy rains. If your basement has flooded in previous events, please stay out of the basement until the risk of flooding has passed.

The public’s help is also requested in keeping Seattle’s 78,000 street drains — the city’s first line of defense against storms — free of debris. Cleaning a blocked street drain is simple: using a rake, just scrape the debris from the drain and place it in your yard waste cart.

If you don’t have a rake or other drain-cleaning implements, consider joining SPU’s new Adopt-a-drain program. Contact the program at (206) 684-7647 or email adoptadrain@seattle.gov. Program participants will be provided with free gloves, bags, brooms, rakes and safety vests, as well as help with leaf disposal.

Other tips for keeping yourself and your property safe during wet weather include:

Don't put grass clippings, leaves or other debris into drains, ditches, creeks, culverts, gutters or ravines (it’s against the law). If you live at the base of a hill or on a cliff, ensure that drainage and retaining walls are in good shape. Preventative planting can also help reduce the chance of a mud slide or flooding.

Maintain gutters and downspouts. Twice a year, clean your gutters and the drainage downspouts attached to your roof. Direct flows from downspouts away from your home, without discharging flows to adjacent properties.

For more information on preparing for bad weather, visit www.takewinterbystorm.org.

Learn more about Seattle Public Utilities, at: http://www.seattle.gov/util.

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