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Storm, Potential Outages Thursday

The weather is turning fierce this week. Tonight and into Wednesday, expect blustery winds with possible gusts to 20 miles per hour and 1-2.5 inches of rain.  There is even a possibility of urban and stream flooding along coastal areas in Pierce County. Currently there is a flood watch out for the Puyallup River at Orting.

The biggest storm of the week is coming in on Thursday. The storm has some embedded subtropical moisture from former Typhoon Hagupit. Currently, it shows it will hit Oregon and move up the coast toward Canada. This storm has the potential for significant winds that could cause power outages and down trees due to significant saturated soils. The weather service will continue to give us frequent updates for Thursday’s storm potential. Right now, this storm looks very similar to the early Dec. 2007 storm which knocked out the power to some areas for over a week.

With the increasing saturated soils there is also a higher potential for landslides and sloughing. The good news is that Friday will bring cooler temperatures, lighter winds with decreasing showers. Saturday should be dryer, the temperate in the 40s.

Waves for Water Cyclocross Collaboration

The eyes of the international cyclocross community turned to Lakewood this past weekend for the second race of the Waves for Water Cyclocross Collaboration.

The two-day event was sanctioned by the International Cycling Union and gave racers an opportunity to earn crucial points in order to qualify for the national championships on Jan. 7 through the 11 in Austin, Texas. 

The first race began Dec. 6 at Pacific Lutheran University. The second race, on Dec. 7, started at Fort Steilacoom Park.

According to Lakewood City Councilmember John Simpson, who attended the event, the announcers remarked several times how ideal of a setting Fort Steilacoom Park provided for the competition. Its trails, Lake Waughop and open space are just a few of the natural amenities that created a challenging yet picturesque course for cyclocross.

Cyclocross, a form of bike racing that has become especially popular in the Northwest, is a blend of traditional road and mountain biking. Cyclocross courses can feature sand, asphalt, grass, trails, steep hills and other obstacles. At some points in a race riders can expect to dismount and carry their bikes, such as in this photo, courtesy of Councilmember Simpson.

The race was hosted by Low Pressure Promotions and Waves for Water, a nonprofit dedicated to providing clean water to communities in need around the world. Each race day focused on bringing attention and financial support to one of two Waves for Water projects. The race through Fort Steilacoom Park helped raise money for a plan to bring clean drinking water to 10,000 people in the country of Nepal.

To learn more about Waves for Water, check out their website at http://www.wavesforwater.org/  .

City of Lakewood's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Dec. 5. Mayor Don Anderson will lead the lighting at 6:15 p.m.
  • WHERE: In front of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW
  • WHAT ELSE:  Free entertainment and fun Christmas crafts

Join us for Lakewood’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting! We have quite a festival planned. The tree lighting’s new time also gives parents getting off work plenty of time to pick up their kids and head over.

The children will have plenty to do—pictures with Santa, Minute to Win It games and fun craft projects. We also have a dance performance from the YMCA, and the Lakes High School choir will sing Christmas carols.

West Pierce Fire & Rescue Recognizes Citizens for Heroic Actions

At the West Pierce Fire & Rescue Commissioner’s meeting on Tuesday, December 2nd, five individuals were recognized for their heroic actions during an emergency medical response on American Lake on July 29, 2014.  Dave, Joni, and Abigail Dupille, Jamie Ross, and Kate Owens were all recognized for helping a man in need of medical assistance, as well as a woman who was with him during the incident.

The man and woman were on a jet ski in American Lake when the man went into what appeared to be cardiac arrest.  The woman was heard screaming for help and both were in the water next to the jet ski.  A boat containing the five recognized heard the cries and went to help from their own boat.

Dave Dupille is a former University Place Fire Marshal, who retired in 2011.  He was also a Paramedic from 1984-1996 for the University Place Fire Department.  Between himself, his family, and friends, they all assisted in giving the man CPR, helping the woman to safety, and calling 911. 

West Pierce Fire & Rescue arrived within three minutes of being dispatched to the Harry Todd Park swimming area to assist in the rescue.  Unfortunately, the man did not live through the incident, but the life-saving efforts of those involved should not go unrecognized.  Without those willing to react in such a heroic manner, the outcome could have been much more devastating.  

Winter’s Here. Are You Ready For It?

Temperatures are dropping, roads are icy and snow is a real possibility.

The City of Lakewood wants to remind residents to be prepared during extreme wintery conditions this year. Whether it’s at home or on the road, ice and snow can catch anyone off guard.

Download High Resolution Snow and Ice Response Map

Conditions could get treacherous this year if a major snow or ice storm hits Lakewood. The City will prioritize the most-traveled roads first in terms of its de-icing efforts, including Bridgeport Way, Steilacoom Boulevard and Gravelly Lake Drive. For a map of the City’s Snow and Ice Response Priorities, visit: http://goo.gl/6F3orN .

Residents can prepare for a snow emergency themselves by stocking up on:

  • Food
  • Warm clothes and blankets
  • Flares
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries

It’s also a great idea to keep a cell phone handy.

During extreme conditions, the best tip, according to the Lakewood Police Department, is to stay off the roads if you don’t have to drive. However, if residents are going to get behind the wheel, here are a few tips:

  • Allow yourself plenty of time to reach your destination
  • Give yourself plenty of driving distance between your car and the one in front of you
  • Make sure your tires, wiper blades and brakes are working properly, and fill up on windshield washer fluid
  • Consider using studded tires or carry tire chains
  • Keep a full tank of gas in case you’re stranded and need to run the heater in your car, as well as have a good car battery
  • Carry a folding shovel and bag of kitty litter for traction if you get stuck. Have snacks, water, blanket and cell phone available.
  • Do not abandon your vehicle unless directed by law enforcement, or if the vehicle is legally parked off the roadway and the driver/passengers have a ride from someone else.

Did You Know?

The City's fleet of vehicles that can help with snow and ice removal consists of:

  • Two, 5-yard dump trucks with plows and salt spreaders
  • One F-350 pickup truck with plow and salt spreader
  • One F-550 pickup with plow and salt spreader
  • One F-250 pickup with salt spreader
  • One F-450 pickup with 500-gallon brine spreader system
  • Three portable brine tote system spreaders (which can be mounted on various City trucks)
  • 18 backup totes (275 gallons each) are available for local brine storage