Brynn Grimley (253) 983-7761 • Fax (253) 589-3774 • bgrimley@cityoflakewood.us
Communications Manager

The following is a list of items scheduled for discussion and/or action at the Lakewood City Council meeting on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 :

  • There will be a presentation of the 2016-2017 Stormwater Pollution Prevention and Water Conservation Calendar with students from Four Heroes Elementary School.
  • The Council will recognize the October 2016 Business Showcase: Centerforce.
  • This is the date set for a public hearing on the proposed 2016 Comprehensive Plan and zoning amendments, which include several amendments to the Land Use Map regarding certain properties.
  • An ordinance amending the Lakewood Municipal Code to incorporate the requirements of Low Impact Development.
  • A resolution to adopt the Fiscal Year 2017 Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Act grant funding policy and proposed use of funds.
  • A motion authorizing the execution of an amendment to the interlocal agreement with the Lakewood Water District, worth $16,460, relative to the construction of roadway improvements and water mains along South Tacoma Way from State Rout 512 to 96th Street.
  • South Sound Military Communities Partnership is scheduled to discuss the JBLM/Camp Murray Survey analysis and provide an update on the North Clear Zone Study.

The Lakewood City Council meeting begins 7 p.m., in the Council Chambers, Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.

The City of Lakewood has closed gates at all of its parks in preparation of high winds and stormy weather.

If there is no damage tonight, they could reopen Saturday, Oct. 17, 2016, however, if winds & storm pick up, those parks could remain closed through Saturday.

The City encourages residents and visitors to NOT walk through parks and open space areas where large trees could drop branches or debris, which can cause property damage or personal injury.

Public safety is our main priority. We are sorry for any inconvenience. Thanks for your cooperation.

Heavy rains and wind are expected in the Puget Sound beginning today, Oct. 13, 2016, and expected to last through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service's Seattle Office .

You can help by keeping drains in front of their homes clear of leaves and debris. Here are some tips you could include:

  • Clear your drain only if it is safe
  • Clear only drains next to the curb. Clear from curbside, not out in the street.
  • Watch out for traffic. Don’t clear drains that are in the middle of a street.
  • Be careful of standing water to avoid slipping or stepping on sharp objects.
  • Don’t try to lift storm drain grates. They are very heavy.
  • Let our crews handle garbage or any hazards in the catch basin.
  • Clear surface debris only.

With the amount of rain the Puget Sound may receive, rain and wind will start knocking leaves off of trees. Storm drains may cause some urban flooding.

Christine Badger, the City of Lakewood's Emergency Management Coordinator, advises neighborhoods to clean leaves off of storm drains. 

FORECAST SPECIFICS

The first of two strong Pacific storm systems will likely begin to affect the area Wednesday evening, as rain begins to spread into the region. Models continue to show the potential for up 1 to 2 inches of rain over the lowlands and 2 to 4 inches in the mountains. (The picture shows 3.27 for Tacoma and 4.03 for Olympia)

A second, potentially stronger Pacific storm system will affect the region on Saturday and Sunday. Models continue to show a very deep surface low tracking into the area that may bring heavier precipitation and even stronger winds than Thursday's system.  In addition to rainfall and winds, this system will also bring seas greater than 30 feet to the coastal waters of Washington and the potential for significant coastal flooding. The details regarding the nature of the impacts of this storm, including the specific timing, location, strength and type of hazards, are dependent upon the track and strength of the surface low, which is not certain at this time.      

IMPACTS

These storm systems have the potential to bring a wide range of potentially significant impacts to the region.

CONFIDENCE

Confidence is moderate to high that one or more strong Pacific storm systems will affect the area beginning Wednesday evening through the weekend. In addition, confidence is moderate to high that these storm systems will produce a wide range of potentially significant impacts. Confidence in the specific timing, location and magnitude of impacts is low at this time.

In preparation for this week's upcoming severe weather , the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management offers these additional tips to weather the storm:

  • Fill your vehicle with gas and have plenty of gas to operate generators.
  • Make sure you have enough supplies including water, food, flashlights, warm clothing, blankets, a battery-operated radio, extra batteries, medications, food/water for your pets, and any personal care items.
  • Contact family members and advise them to take precautions and have an emergency communications plan.
  • Check on neighbors who are elderly or disabled before and after the windstorm to make sure they are prepared and haven’t been hurt.
  • Before the winds get too strong, take a few moments to secure any items that may blow away or become damaged by the winds. 
  • If the winds are severe, please take shelter in your home and don’t forget your pets! Please stay off the roads if at all possible. 
  • Do not, under any circumstances, go near downed power lines. Be aware that the ground near downed power lines may also be electrified.
  • Do not, use outdoor cooking equipment (BBQs) inside the home and do not leave children and/or pets unattended with propane heaters, candles, or other open flames.
  • Only call 9-1-1 to report a life threatening emergency.

Due to a high wind and storm warning from Thursday through next week, the City of Lakewood’s 10th Annual Truck and Tractor Day  - originally scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 15 - has been rescheduled to Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. The event time will remain from noon to 3 p.m., at Fort Steilacoom Park. If you have questions please call Sally Martinez at (253) 983-7758.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department issued a Toxic Algae Advisory for Lake Steilacoom on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

When you see a toxic algae advisory, it means the water has cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, which can produce toxins. Add sunlight and warmer temperatures, and toxic algae can reproduce rapidly in fresh water—creating toxic algae “blooms.” Water with toxic algae can kill pets, waterfowl and other animals and cause serious illness or even death in people.

Until further notice, TPCHD says residents must:

  • Not swim or water ski in areas of scum
  • Not drink lake water
  • Keep pets and livestock away
  • Clean fish well and discard guts
  • Avoid areas of scum while boating

For more information, visit TPCHD's website .

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