Today's prolonged wind storm has toppled trees and downed power lines. As a result, some traffic signals are not functioning and several roads are temporarily closed within Bellingham.
City of Bellingham Public Works crews are clearing and reopening streets once downed power lines have been de-energized by Puget Sound Energy (PSE). However, the storm has affected a broad area and it may take time for PSE crews to get to all locations.
While the list of roads closed due to storm effects will vary, as of Thursday afternoon, Dec. 20, these roads are those the City knows of:
- 200 Highland Drive;
- 1700 – 36th Street;
- 2100 “H” Street;
- 12th Street bridge leading to Chuckanut Drive, Fairhaven Middle School and Edgemoor neighborhood (per citizen photo above); and,
- Partial closures along Lakeway Drive.
At any intersections where traffic lights are not working or are flashing red, drivers should treat it as a four-way stop.
It is important to obey all “road closed” signs and not to go through, even on foot, as there are still live power lines down.
For more information, check the City's Facebook page or the Bellingham Police Department's Facebook or Twitter feed.
If you need to report a power outage, contact PSE at (800) 225-5772 or check out the PSE Twitter feed @PSETALK. To report street hazards, phone the City at (360) 778-7700. For more immediate hazards, phone 911.
For road conditions outside Bellingham and Whatcom County, including I-5 closures, check Washington State Department of Transportation or check out @WSDOT_North.