Feb 12 Winter Storm & City Services Update

City of Olympia
Date of Release: February 12, 2019

Kellie Purce Braseth
Strategic Communications Director

Feb 12 Winter Storm & City Services Update

City Of Olympia Update on Snow Removal, Recycle Collection

Weather conditions continue to change following the major storm event that hit the Olympia area. As temperatures rise and the snow begins to melt, the City of Olympia asks the public to be watchful for the following:

  • Heavy snow on structures like roofs, sheds, carports, older garages.  Please stay away from roof edges.  If roofs or other structure looks stressed by the snow, call a professional builder or roofer for an assessment.
  • If it can be done safely, residents can help prevent localized flooding as the snow melts by clearing storm drains in their neighborhoods.
  • Avoid driving through standing water.
  • Keep an eye out for water getting into basements.

What Streets Get Plowed First

When the City of Olympia clears streets of snow and ice, our first priority is to keep primary, lifeline roads open. These are the main routes that fire, police and transit need to use. Secondary roads will only receive treatment once all higher priority roads are cleared. 

Currently, our snow removal crews have cleared most primary roads and are working on secondary routes.  We continue to ask the public’s patience as our crews respond to this significant snow event.  You can follow our progress clearing routes by visiting the City’s Snow and Ice webpage at http://olympiawa.gov/city-services/transportation-services/streets/snow-and-ice.aspx

Residential Recycling Collection: The City of Olympia will not be collecting residential recycling on Wednesday.  Thursday pick-ups will be determined based on the weather and as secondary streets are cleared.

Debris removal: As the City recovers from the storm information about debris removal and drop off will be forthcoming.