Be prepared for cold and wet days ahead with these safety tips

Lynnwood’s fleet of sander/deicer trucks and snow plows were very busy
during the February 2019 winter storm. (Photo courtesy of the City of Lynnwood)

The City of Lynnwood is preparing for the cold and wet season, and here’s what you can do to prepare too:

  • Cover and wrap hose bibs in the front and back of your house to prevent freezing pipes.
  • Remove debris such as leaves and packed snow from storm drains. This will help alleviate drainage problems along roadways and prevent flooding or melted snow from refreezing.
  • After a heavy rainfall, storm drains can be overloaded; avoid driving through water on the roadways and in parking lots. The average automobile can be swept off the road in 12 inches of moving water, and attempting to drive through water may also damage your engine.
  • Prepare a three-day emergency kit. Now is the time to gather emergency items such as enough food and water for your family for three days, flashlights and batteries, first-aid supplies, pet food, and other essential comfort items. For useful tips visit www.ready.gov.
  • The city’s traffic engineers are constantly looking at signal timing and making adjustments to help the flow of traffic. Check out our live traffic cameras and plan your route before you leave so that you can avoid traffic back-ups: www.LynnwoodWA.gov/City-Services/ Streets–Traffic-and-Transportation/Traffic-Cameras.htm.
  • Use extreme caution while driving in inclement weather of any kind. Allow plenty of time to get to your destination, always yield to service vehicles such as plows, sanders, and transit buses and avoid driving through large amounts of water.

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