Officials declared a state of emergency in snowy, slushy Gig Harbor today.
The accumulation of snow since last week, along with another dumping expected on the Peninsula over the next week, prompted the city of 6,700 to declare the state of emergency, according to a news release issued shortly after 11 a.m.
On Tuesday, work crews began clearing side streets, in preparation for the next wave of snow expected to fall today. Highway 16 was mostly clear, although snow was starting to compact on some of Gig Harbor’s streets.
“Residents are encouraged to not drive if at all possible,” according to the press release. “Enjoy the snow and walk to shopping and merchants for your last-minute holiday needs.”
The city is also asking residents to watch roofs, boats and marina structures, as well as avoid snow-laden trees and power lines.
The Peninsula was one of the South Sound’s trouble spots during last week’s storm. Crews shut down north Gig Harbor’s main thoroughfare – Borgen Boulevard Northwest – where Christmas shoppers were trying to reach Target, Home Depot and other stores.
(Submitted to Lights & Sirens by News Tribune reporter Brent Champaco)