January 8, 2009

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
2 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 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 Management 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 Hydrologic Prediction Service updates river information continuously on its website. View the NWS latest predictions on the Puyallup River.