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Renton Winter Weather Update

January 20, 2012 at 12: 30 p.m.

For more information contact:
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569; cell 206-491-8158

Daytime Warming Shelter at Renton Senior Center and Renton Community Center
Renton, WA: Conditions continue to improve. All departments are working to restore normal operations. According to the National Weather Service, warmer air will gradually move in to our area this morning through the afternoon with precipitation changing over to rain. Temperatures will remain above freezing tonight.
We are also under a flood watch through Saturday afternoon. We could see surface runoff with water pooling around clogged drains or culverts and small stream flooding as the snow melts. No river flooding concerns at this time.

Puget Sound Energy predicts many areas will remain out of power through the weekend. They are unable to pinpoint information about which areas will be restored first. As of this morning there were 20183 customers without power in Renton (includes areas outside city limits with Renton postal addresses).
There continues to be several calls for downed trees and power lines and crews are taking care of these as soon as possible.
As heavy snow melts we are seeing large slabs of ice fall from trees and structures. Extra caution of overhead dangers is advised.
Public Works crews have been working around the clock to maintain open roads. A map of the city’s snow plow routes is available on the city’s website at Public safety is the first priority during snow and ice removal for the city. Cars that impede the city’s ability to make the streets safe and impede snow plows and other snow removal measures may be towed or may get buried under the snow being removed.

Sheltering Daytime warming shelters are open today -- Renton Senior Center, 211 Burnett Ave N, Renton from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and the Renton Community Center, 1715 SE Maple Valley Hwy, will stay open 8:00 5:00 p.m. The city is not providing transportation to the shelter. Individuals should bring their own snacks, beverages, and entertainment materials with them to the shelter. Children must be supervised at all times. Animals, except for service animals, are not permitted in the warming shelters.
The City of Kent Severe Weather Shelter (SWS) has a cold weather shelter open tonight, Friday, January 20, from 9:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. at the Kent Lutheran. While the shelter gives priority to homeless families with children who are living on the streets or in vehicle, it is also available for single women and men. Separate sleeping spaces are available for men, women, and for families with children. The SWS is operated by Catholic Community Services staff and volunteers from Kent Lutheran Church and the greater Kent community. Everyone must register at the door. As with all shelters, rules for the health and safety of clients, staff and the broader community will apply.
Kent Lutheran Church
336 2nd Ave South, Kent, WA 98032-5849

Power Outages 
There are power outages throughout the Puget Sound region including areas in Renton. Puget Sound Energy reports that electricity may be out for two or more days. Please prepare your home for the coming days.

Traffic Signals
With power outages some of the city’s signalized intersections are currently not working, and more signals may lose power.
Traffic signals at 108th and Carr Road, and Old Benson Road and Benson are currently out due to loss of power.Motorists are advised to avoid this area if possible since currently traffic is backed-up and there are significant delays.

Traffic laws require that unlighted signals be treated as 4-way stops. .
Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, NEVER use a generator indoors, in garages or carports. Also, NEVER cook or heat inside on a charcoal or gas grill.

Road Closures
S 192nd St, between Talbot Rd. S and 102nd Ave SE.
2116 Wells Ct S has a large tree down blocking ¾ of street

Emergency Operations Center The City of Renton Emergency Operations Center has not been activated today. In case of a true emergency, please dial 9-1-1.

Garbage, Recycling Services
There will be no garbage, recycling or yard waste collection today. Contact Waste Management for the updated schedule.
Other Updates

We are monitoring buildings for ice and safety situations as snow melts. Crews are taking care of branches and trees where there is a safety concern.
Renton Senior Center open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., no lunch program Renton Community Center open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Coulon and other parks closed until noon, staff will check for safety issues before opening Cedar River Trail still closed Highlands Center will be open from noon to 5:00 p.m. for drop in activities.
o North Highlands will stay closed No programs and activities since School District is closed. Harambee will not be open tonight as a cold weather shelter. Golf course still closed due to electricity being out Renton History Museum is open today from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. City of Renton Municipal Court is open today. Renton and Renton Highlands library is open until 6:00 p.m. today. Fairwood library is closed due to lack of power. Updates and Alerts For updates visit the city's website at, click on the critical emergency information page. Also follow the City of Renton’s Facebook page