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Residents Urged to Prepare for Heavy Rains

Tacoma Residents Urged to Prepare for Heavy Rains


Oct. 12, 2016



Gwen Schuler, Media and Communications, gschuler@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-5152

Stacy Ellifritt, Media and Communications, stacy.ellifritt@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-2005


Tacoma Residents Urged to Prepare for Heavy Rains


The National Weather Service has issued a heavy storm warning for Western Washington starting the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 12, and extending through the weekend. During a heavy rain event the City of Tacoma’s stormwater system could get overwhelmed and some city streets and low areas could flood.


Storm drains clogged by fallen leaves are one of the biggest causes of street flooding, and one of the easiest to prevent. Residents can help prevent potential flooding issues by disposing of leaves and yard waste properly and by keeping streets and storm drains free from debris.


What to do about a clogged storm drain causing street flooding:

  • Use a rake, broom or stick to try to clear the blockage
  • Do not wade into large puddles of water
  • If you cannot clear the blockage, or you see a storm drain that is not working properly, please report flooding problems to (253) 591-5585.


The City’s surface water crews work to keep Tacoma’s 22,000-plus storm drains functioning properly. However, residents can make a big difference in preventing street and property flooding due to clogged storm drains by picking up fallen leaves and keeping storm drains clear.


For more information, visit cityoftacoma.org/flood or call (253) 591-5585.