City crews respond to wind storm

Some flooding, street lights out, tree and litter debris

March 10, 2016 - by Amy Cloud, Communications and Outreach

An early morning wind storm that knocked out power to portions of Bellingham also scattered garbage and tree debris.  In some cases, downed trees may be on power lines.

It is important to know:

  • You can call (360) 778-7700 to report downed trees inside Bellingham city limits;
  • You should report downed power lines to Puget Sound Energy or call 911;
  • Avoid downed power lines and standing water; and
  • Do not cut trees from power lines.

The combination of strong winds and high tide has also caused some street flooding on Roeder Avenue.

According to Mike Olinger, City of Bellingham maintenance superintendent, Public Works crews have been dispatched in response to storm damage.

“Where there is flooding, our crews are checking debris screens to make sure creek crossings don't get plugged,” said Olinger. “And we get signs up to warn drivers not to drive through water on roadways.”

City crews are clearing tree debris from roadways and sidewalks, to ensure they are passable. Other tree debris and loose litter is a shared responsibility.  There are several options for disposal, including Sanitary Service Corporation and Regional Disposal Services on Slater Road.

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Media Contact

​Mike Olinger, Superintendent of Maintenance
City of Bellingham Public Works
(360) 778-7900

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