Vancouver Public Works helps residents prepare for heavy rain

Press Release Date:
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Starting Thursday, Oct. 13, heavy rains and some thundershowers are forecasted for several days. Vancouver Public Works crews are preparing for this rainfall and want to help residents be prepared, as well.

Residents are urged to drive with care, leave ample time to come to a stop and heed any high water or street closure signs they may encounter.

Vancouver Public Works is setting up two self-serve sites for Vancouver residents in need of sandbags. The sand and empty bags are provided at the sites. Residents should bring their own shovels to fill bags and be prepared to transport them. Sand and bags will be available starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, and locations include:

     - In front of fence, near the sign at the former Golden Skate site, 4915 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.
     - Near the driveway access at Vancouver Public Works’ East Operations site, 912 N.E. 192nd Ave.

Residents are reminded that leaves and other debris should not be blown or raked into streets where they can add to problems caused by heavy rains. This year’s free leaf disposal coupons for Vancouver and Clark County residents are available on the City’s website at www.cityofvancouver.us/solidwaste.

In quiet neighborhood streets, residents can help clear stormwater drains of debris by using a leaf rake while standing safely back behind the curb.

To report a problem with localized street flooding, street light outage or tree down in the street, residents should call Vancouver Public Works Operations Center at 360-487-8177, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; or 360-693-9302 for urgent after-hours concerns. Regular service requests may also be made online at www.cityofvancouver.us/servicerequest. In case of a life-threatening emergency, please call 911. To report a downed power line or a tree fallen on a power line, call Clark Public Utilities at 360-992-3000 or 360-992-8000.

Not sure if the address is within the City of Vancouver? Check the City’s website: www.cityofvancouver.us/ourcity/page/do-you-live-or-work-city-vancouver.

There are more than 1,800 lane miles of streets in the City of Vancouver. In emergencies and severe weather, Vancouver Public Works prioritizes its response to provide the greatest support for the critical core streets that connect police, fire and emergency medical services. For more information and tips on severe weather, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/severeweather. Public Works updates during times of severe weather are also available through Vancouver Public Works’ social media channels, such as Facebook (www.facebook.com/VancouverPublicWorks) and Twitter (@VanPubWorksUS). For more City of Vancouver social media connections, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/socialmedia.


Press Release Issued: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016
Contact: Brooke Porter, Outreach Coordinator, Department of Public Works, City of Vancouver, 360-487-7116, brooke.porter@cityofvancouver.us