333 S. Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371 - 253-841-4321

City of Puyallup

JANUARY 12, 2009 - UPDATE

The Puyallup EOC is now asking that damage reports be called in to the Pierce County Damage Assessment Call Center which is staffed to take citizens flood damage reports.  "We're happy to take calls at the Puyallup EOC, but we'll turn in our information to them anyway," said Puyallup Emergency Management Director Merle Frank.  Homeowners and business owners affected by the flooding should call the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management Damage call center at 1-866-798-6363 (toll free) between the hours of 8:30 AM and 5 PM.

Dumpsters and dump sites available until January 18:  Puyallup citizens can dispose of flood debris at Fire Station 71, 902 7th St. NW and Fire Station 72, 3509 27th St. SE.  This service will be available until January 18th. The sites are open between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and staff will verify that those dropping off debris are city residents or businesses.

  • Only flood debris will be accepted
  • No hazardous materials or non-storm material will be allowed

Business owners within the city limits of Puyallup may contact the Puyallup EOC at (253) 770-3336 to make arrangements to have dumpsters delivered to damaged business property for flood debris cleanup.  The dumpsters will be delivered at no cost to the business owner, however arrangements must be made with the Puyallup EOC. 

JANUARY 11, 2009 - UPDATE

The Puyallup Emergency Management Department asks citizens to take extra precaution when cleaning up after the flood:

  • Wear gloves, boots, eye protection, and a respiratory mask during the clean up.
  • Open all doors and windows. Use fans if possible to air out the building.
  • Wash all clothes and linens in hot water when water supply allows.
  • Discard mattresses and stuffed furniture; they can't be adequately cleaned.
  • Wash dirt and mud from walls, counters and hard surfaced floors with soap and water.
  • Disinfect surfaces with a solution of one cup bleach per gallon of water.
  • Discard all food that has come into contact with flood water. Canned food can be kept, however, remove the label and remark it with a permanent marker. Thoroughly wash the canned food with soap and water before re-storing.
  • Do not drink from your water source until it is confirmed to be safe. Until then, use clean bottled water.

See related January 11, 2009 press release: City of Puyallup, citizens and businesses begin flood recovery effort.

JANUARY 10, 2009 - UPDATE

The City of Puyallup has placed 30-yard dumpsters at Fire Station 71, 902 7th St. NW and Fire Station 72, 3509 27th St. SE to be used for disposal of flood-related material from the New Years Flood which occurred from Tuesday, January 6 to Sunday, January 11.

This service will be available until January 18th. The sites are open between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and will be staffed by Puyallup Police Explorers who will verify that those dropping off debris are city residents or businesses.

  • Only flood debris will be accepted
  • No hazardous materials or non-storm material will be allowed

Business owners within the city limits of Puyallup may contact the Puyallup EOC at (253) 770-3336 to make arrangements to have dumpsters delivered to damaged business property for flood debris cleanup.

The City continues to ask property owners to report their damage assessments on the EOC Hotline at (253) 770-3336. Please leave the following information:

  • Name and address of affected property
  • Type of insurance (homeowners)
  • A description of damage, even if uninsured
  • A personal estimate of uninsured losses
  • Estimate of the fair market value of the damaged home or business

Read recent press release on assessing the recent flood damage.


JANUARY 9, 2009 - UPDATE

12:00 p.m.
- The Puyallup EOC is open during regular business hours and collecting damage assessment reports. Representatives from FEMA and the National Guard are out again today doing damage assessments in Puyallup. As waters recede, the city continues to warn citizens to be careful when approaching flooded areas. Riverwalk Trail will be closed until further notice.


JANUARY 8, 2009 - UPDATES

6:15 p.m. - The EOC is collecting reports on property damage during the recent flooding. Citizens should call the EOC Hotline at (253) 770-3336 to leave information on the damage including:

  • Name and address of affected property
  • Type of insurance (homeowners)
  • A description of damage, even if uninsured
  • A personal estimate of uninsured losses
  • Estimate of the fair market value of the damaged home or business

Read recent press release on assessing the recent flood damage.

2:00 p.m. - The Puyallup River has receded to 27 feet (3 feet below flood stage) and is expected to remain at that level while the Army Corp of Engineers releases water from Mud Mountain Dam. The Corp began the release of dam water when rains tapered off this morning.

The Bethany Baptist Church Emergency Shelter closed at noon today.

The National Guard has arrived in Puyallup to identify flood damage to public and private properties in preparation for a more thorough assessment to be completed in the near future. You may see them driving through the city in amphibious vehicles

8:00 a.m. - Puyallup Emergency Management Department says the Puyallup River at Puyallup has crested and is not expected to rise further. Although there continues to be flood effects and standing water throughout the city, all who were evacuated yesterday are clear to return to their homes and businesses. Emergency Managenment personnel still caution citizens to heed road closures and be cautious in flooded zones.,

The National Weather Service has downgraded the flow and height expectancy for the Puyallup River. The river has been receding since early this morning.

The National Weather Service, Advanced Hyrdrologic Prediction Service updates river information continuously on its website. Click here for the NWS latest predictions on the Puyallup River.

JANUARY 7, 2009 UPDATES

11:00 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 www.soundtransit.org rider alerts for updates or call 1-888-889-6368.

Evacuation
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.

See map of the flood zones and Puyallup neighborhoods asked to evacuate.

Read the reverse 911 message.

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.

Here is a list of earlier actions taken by the City of Puyallup on Wednesday, January 7:

8:00 a.m. - Puyallup Emergency Operations Center activated. Citizens with non-lifethreatening 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.

1:00 p.m. – Emergency shelter open at Bethany Baptist Church, 713 South Hill Park Drive and Church of Nazarene.

5:00 p.m. - Church of Nazarene shelter closed due to potential flooding.