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Windstorms can result in downed trees and debris on our roadways, downed stop and yield signs, traffic signal failures, and power outages and downed power lines.

You should prepare yourself, your family and your workplace for windstorms before they happen.

Preparing for a windstorm
Prepare yourself, your family and your workplace for windstorms and power outages by assembling an emergency kit, creating an emergency plan, stocking food that can be consumed during an outages, etc. Learn more at www.piercecountywa.org/prepare and www.emd.wa.gov/preparedness.

Downed trees and debris
Pierce County road crews will respond during a windstorm to remove downed, leaning or damaged trees and debris along county roads. Priority is given to major arterials and collectors, lifeline emergency routes, Pierce Transit and school bus snow routes, and access roads to highways, freeways, and park and ride lots.

If you see a downed tree or debris blocking traffic or sidewalks, please submit a Request for Action at www.piercecountywa.org/rfa or call (253) 798-6000.

Downed signs and traffic signal outages
Public Works replaces missing or downed stop and yield signs 24 hours a day. Call (253) 798-8000 to report a sign or traffic signal concern. Other types of signs, such as speed limit or street name signs, are replaced during regular business hours.

If a traffic signal is out, traffic should treat the intersection as a four-way stop. Report signal outages to (253) 798-8000.

Power outages and downed power lines
If there is a power outage at your home or business, please contact your local energy utility or visit their website for more information. Some utilities also include updates on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

If you see a downed power line, you should stay away from it and report it to your energy utility or call 911. Please be aware that even downed lines can be energized, and generators can re-energize lines if they are plugged into a power source. For more information on generator safety, visit www.pse.com/safety.

Handling yard waste
Residents can help reduce flooding on county roads by picking up yard waste and leaves on their properties and making sure storm drains near their properties are free of leaves. A list of local facilities that accept yard waste and leaves, often free-of-charge, can be found at www.piercecountywa.org/yardwaste.

Following a storm, visit www.piercecountywa.org/winterwise and click on “Storm Cleanup” to find out what to do with storm debris on your property.

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