January 7, 2009

11 p.m. -The Puyallup EOC is working with the State and Pierce County EOCs on a plan to reroute traffic from River Road if flooding makes it necessary to close the road. There has been no decision to do so, but the WSDOT and the City of Puyallup want to be prepared. Sound Transit has announced that all morning and afternoon trains between Seattle and Tacoma have been cancelled for Thursday, January 8. Check rider alerts for updates or call 888-889-6368.


The Puyallup Office of Emergency Management directed volunteer evacuations in three flood prone zones in Puyallup today. Puyallup Police officers have been going door to door on East Main Street advising residents and businesses of the impending flood.
The EOC began a series of Reverse 911 calls this afternoon to alert citizens in three flood-prone zones in Puyallup. The EOC advised citizens to secure property and valuables and move themselves, their families and pets away from the flood zone.

Nazarene Church Shelter Closed

Early this afternoon two shelters were opened in Puyallup, Bethany Baptist Church (713 South Hill Park Drive) and the Puyallup Church of the Nazarene. Because the Nazarene church is in one of Puyallup's flood zones, the EOC has asked they transfer their people to Bethany Baptist Church on South Hill. Valley Community Inn, a mental health facility in downtown Puyallup has also moved 49 special needs people to Sunrise Lutheran Church on Shaw Road. For more shelter options see Pierce County Emergency Information.

Earlier Actions Taken by the City of Puyallup

  • 8 a.m. - Puyallup Emergency Operations Center activated. Citizens with non-life-threatening emergency should call the EOC Hotline at 253-770-3336.
  • 9:25 a.m. - Meridian Access Road off of Levy Road is closed for deployment of flood diversion tubes.
  • 9:30 a.m. - The Puyallup EOC has been notified that the Graham Shelter is open - 10118 249th St. E., Graham
  • 11:30 p.m. - The Puyallup EOC has been notified by NOAA that the Puyallup River is expected to rise to 36 feet. Previously the river was expected to rise to 30.3 feet.
  • 12:30 p.m. - The Emergency Management Director is directing certain residents and businesses along East Main to evacuate as soon as possible.
  • 1 p.m. – Emergency shelter open at Bethany Baptist Church, 713 South Hill Park Drive and Church of Nazarene.
  • 5 p.m. - Church of Nazarene shelter closed due to potential flooding.