Street and power outage updates for Edmonds

Feb 04, 2019
Courtesy of: Edmonds Public Works An Edmonds snow plow ready to go.

Here’s some information and advice on city streets from Edmonds Public Works Director Phil Williams on Monday, Feb. 4:

“As of 1 p.m. Monday, all of our arterial streets and major roadways are open. There are some residential streets closed (not many), where they are too slick to even get a plow truck and sander on them.

“We have been sanding and de-icing continuously since before the snow began to fall yesterday. We will be going all night tonight as well. Forecasted temperatures on Tuesday should allow some melting to take place. We will continue to work on our road network 24/7 to keep our primary routes open.

“As always, keep trips to the minimum necessary, try to shift them out of prime commuting periods, and drive slowly. Please, those of you with four-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles, don't get overly aggressive. You may be able to start quickly in slippery conditions but stopping will be just as difficult as it is for everybody else. Be patient, leave early, and stay safe.

Williams said he’s noticed quite a few kids – and some parents – out sledding on city streets.

“I understand the temptation but it is just not safe,” he said. “These streets are generally not closed. People can back out of driveways quickly. You may not be able to stop at the bottom and could enter traffic at the next intersection.

“Most sleds are not easy to steer with precision. We have had some serious accidents as a result of this activity in the past. Exercise caution! Parents, please help them do so. As always, thank you for your cooperation.”

Power outages

According to Snohomish County PUD spokesman Aaron Swaney, about 10,000 customers lost power total Monday due to the snowy and windy conditions. A couple of thousand were in the downtown Edmonds and Firdale areas. Most of these outages were the result of tree limbs falling into lines.

“We’re down to approximately 250 as of 1 pm this afternoon, so our crews did a great job of getting folks back up despite the treacherous driving conditions. Crews will continue to work through this afternoon and evening to restore power.”

 

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