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Puget Sound: Sounder trains delayed, blocked roads, power outages from overnight storm

Post by Stephanie A. Clark on Dec. 14, 2010 at 7:01 am with No Comments »
December 14, 2010 8:55 am

Trees blocking roadways, power outages and delayed Sound Transit trains greeted commuters early Tuesday morning thanks to wild weather overnight in the Puget Sound area. Read the latest updates:


6:16 A.M. - There will be delays of 15 – 20 minutes to all Sound Transit Southline (Tacoma-Seattle) trains Tuesday morningĀ as maximum train speedsĀ are 50 mph due to flood warnings.


6:35 A.M. – Pierce County reported that they are sending out crews to respond to 24 calls for trees down and tree debris in the roadway this morning. At many of these locations trees are entangled in power lines and can’t be cleared until utility crews de-energize and clear the lines. There are also isolated reports of power outages in central and south Pierce County.

The Peninsula Light Company reported that over 6,000 customers lost their power around 1:30 a.m. About 2000 remain without power scattered throughout the service territory. Power was restored to 4500 customers around 3:30 a.m.


4 A.M. – King County is reporting multiple road closures this morning. Check out the latest updates.

8 A.M. The Burke Gilman Trail is open for business again, as crews cleared a slide from the trail near N.E. 148th, north of Seattle.


6:14 A.M. - Downed power lines over the roadway continue blocking both directions of state Route 507 near Sumner Street in Bucoda in Thurston County. DOT does not know when it will be opened. DOT estimates the road will be opened at 10:15 a.m.
7:20 A.M. -Puget Sound Energy crew are being dispatched to the scene. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.


6:10 A.M. - Northbound state Route 303 remains blocked at Sheridan Road due to downed trees on the roadway. the incident happened at milepost 1 around 2:05 a.m. This section of the highway is maintained by Bremerton and city work crews are on the scene. The DOT does not know when the highway will be opened.
7:20 A.M. – Limited local access is available.


6:44 A.M. – Due to clean up from downed trees, the right lane on southbound Interstate 5 is closed from milepost 55 to 54.5 as crews work to clear the roadway at milepost 56 near Castle Rock in Lewis County. The trees fell down around 11:50 p.m Monday. The DOT estimates the lane will be opened at 8 a.m.


7:45 A.M. - Rockslides, flooding and washouts reported on state Route 20 between Newhalem and Diablo.

Courtesy of the WSDOT

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