Bellevue can expect upcoming rain, storms

Rain and windy conditions are expected to arrive Monday night and Tuesday in Bellevue and the surrounding area, city officials announced Monday.

According to the National Weather Service, a stronger storm is expected to bring heavier rains and stronger winds Wednesday and Thursday. Potential impacts from this week’s storms include falling branches and trees that could result in power outages. Localized flooding is a possibility as well.

To prepare, Bellevue residents can clear storm drains of leaves to prevent flooding in their neighborhood. However, only clear drains if it is safe. City staff encourage residents to stay out of the street and work from a sidewalk if possible. Put all leaves and compostable debris in your organics cart. If a storm drain appears blocked below the street surface, call 425-452-7840.

Residents should also put away summer lawn furniture so it won’t blow away, and have flashlights and fresh batteries in case of power outages.

To report flooding at homes or businesses, hazardous road conditions, or down or damaged stop or yield signs, call the city of Bellevue’s 24-hour emergency number at 425-452-7840.

To report gas leaks, power outages, or down power lines, call Puget Sound Energy at 1-888-225-5773.

Remember that during a storm it’s normal for streams to rise and some parking lots and parks to fill with water. Do not walk or drive through flooded areas, which can be dangerous.

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