Puyallup River Rising

Turn that frown upside down… Make some lemonade… Always look on the bright side of life.

Fife City Officials and Police Department call for voluntary evacuation City of Fife Officials have activated the Fife Emergency Operations Centers as of 1300 hrs, 01/07/2009. Fife Mayor Barry Johnson has declared a state of emergency and is asking that citizens living and working in the city south of Interstate 5 begin a voluntary evacuation due to the possibility of flooding from the Puyallup River. While officials continue to seek a temporary shelter for those displaced by the possible flooding, they are asking people to get to higher ground away from the river by 5 PM. Members of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians that live in the affected area are asked to respond to the Fife Emerald Queen Casino. Fife Police have shut down N. Levee Rd in to, and out of, the city at Freeman Rd E., 70th Ave E. and 54th Ave E. Police have also closed Frank Albert Rd. at Industry Dr. until further notice. Fife Officials are asking that citizens tune into radio station 1580 AM for updates or to log onto the City of Fife Web site at www.cityoffife.org for continued updates.

Update: 1515 hrs Fife City Officials have confirmed that a shelter has been set up for Fife Citizens leaving possible flooding area in Fife. Citizens leaving the flood area can seek shelter at Surprise Lake Middle School, 2001 Milton Way, Milton WA. Officials believe that 1500 to 2000 citizens may be affected by the voluntary evacuation. Update: 1630 hrs Fife Police are asking that citizens with questions regarding the voluntary evacuation please call the Fife Emergency Operations Center at 253-896-8237. Citizens can also tune into radio station 1580 AM or check the City of Fife Web site at www.cityoffife.org for continued updates. Police are asking that citizens do not call 911 unless there is an immediate emergency. For Immediate Release Fife Police Department 3737 Pacific Hwy. E. Fife, Wa. 98424 (253) 896-8287 (253) 922-6633 (Dispatch) (253) 922-1220 fax (253) 732-0572 (cell) Lieutenant T. Thompson #253 01/07/09 Shelters open in Pierce County as of 3:50 pm January 7, 2009. Evergreen Presbyterian Church 10118 249th St.E in Graham Prairie Ridge Community Center 14205 215th Ave. E in Bonney Lake Bonney Lake Senior Center 19304 Bonney Lake Blvd. in Bonney Lake (Pets are welcomed at above shelters; please bring pets in crates, and their own food) Puyallup Bethany Baptist 713 South Hill Park Dr. in Puyallup Nazarene Church 1026 7th Ave. SW in Puyallup Edgewood Community Church 1720 Meridian Ave. E in Edgewood Surprise Lake Middle School 2001 Milton Way in Milton Livestock-only shelters (It is recommended that owners bring their livestock with leads and food, if possible) Frontier Park 21718 Meridian E. in Graham Puyallup Fairgrounds 110 9th Ave Sw in Puyallup Pierce County Crisis Communications… http://columbia.co.pierce.wa.us/crisiscom


You can see the graphs and other fun activities at the NOAA site.

Next time someone complains about the Snow Apocalypse I am going to punch them in the ear. Getting stuck at home/work/whatever is not an apocalypse.

UPDATE: 16:30 Crystal left the house with the kids for my parents’ house up on the hill.
UPDATE: 18:00 Hey, that’s us!
UPDATE: Next day, morning. All clear as far as we’re concerned. The water reach 29.55 feet; just half a foot from flooding.

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