University Place City Manager Bob Jean called the newsroom today. He wanted residents to know that as soon as the snow begins to melt, residents can do their part by keeping storm drains clear of leaves and other types of
“There’s no way we can get out there to clear all the storm drains as we try to clear the slush,” he said. “Anything people can do once the thaw hits to clear stuff with a rake, keep the storm drains clear, that would help.”
He said that’s something all South Sound residents, not just people who live in UP, can follow.
(Submitted to Lights & Sirens by News Tribune reporter Brent Champaco.)
Update @ 4:55 p.m. from Hunter George: I sent a query to Pierce County’s public works department. This is the reply from Bruce Wagner, road operations manager:
The UP manager is correct that many storm drain inlets are blocked by snow and slush and over the course of the next few days we are very likely to see localized flooding as snow build-ups melt. However, we are not in favor of inviting the public to enter into the roadway to clear the grates for us. Most are in or immediately adjacent to the lanes of travel.
Road crews are working hard to widen the “snow corridor” that our plows create to extend beyond the storm drain inlets in preparation for the melt off. The public can help by reporting blocked drains at 798-6000 and by not parking on the roadside so our plows can clear snow beyond the inlets wherever possible.