Rainstorm Update #1: Totem Lake Blvd southbound lanes closed due to water over roadway

Crews responding to flooding trouble spots

The southbound lanes of Totem Lake Boulevard from south of 120th Avenue NE to north of NE 124th Street are closed due to water over the roadway. Southbound traffic is being routed into the center lane. City crews are responding to other areas experiencing flooding including Billy Creek, the Plaza at Yarrow Bay, the intersection of 120th Avenue NE and NE 109th Street, and a slide reported across from 405 Lake Street. Drivers are encouraged to use caution on the roads and to avoid the troubled areas listed above. To report severe flooding or road hazards in Kirkland city limits, call the Public Works Maintenance line at 425-587-3900. Please provide as much detail as possible about the location and impacts of flooding. For flood preparedness and response information, visit www.takewinterbystorm.org. For information about King County’s Sandbag Program, visit www.kingcounty.gov and search “sandbag.”

Storm safety tips: Heavy rainfall can cause trees to fall and possible power outages. As a reminder, if you come across a downed power line, stay as far away from it as you can and call Puget Sound Energy at 1-888-225-5773. Assume it is live. Never touch a downed power line or anything near it. In addition, do not drive over downed power lines. Should a power line fall on your car when you’re driving, stay in the car until help arrives. If a person or pet comes in contact with a power line, stay clear and call 911 immediately. Do not touch the victim or the wire.

If there’s a power outage, remember to use alternative heat sources safely and wisely. Follow manufacturers’ instructions. Adequately vent fueled space heaters (e.g., kerosene, propane, alcohol) to avoid fatal carbon monoxide gas buildup. Also, do not use outdoor grills or camp stoves indoors as they may cause carbon monoxide poisoning. To report a power outage, call Puget Sound Energy at 1-888-225-5773.

Additional tips: · Call 9-1-1 only for life-threatening emergencies. · Do not walk or wade in flooded areas. · Do not attempt to drive through standing water as your vehicle may stall. · Watch for “Street Closed” signs. They are placed by crews for your safety. · Listen to your radio or television for storm forecasts and other information. · If you are caught in your building by rapidly rising waters, call 911 for help. Then move to a higher floor or to the roof. Take warm, weatherproof clothing, a flashlight, a cell phone, and a portable radio. · Check on your disaster preparedness kit to ensure it contains food, light sticks, water, flashlights, a battery-powered radio and a wind-up clock. · Be a good neighbor. Find out if your neighbor needs any assistance with clearing storm drains or with any additional tasks.