An update on weather and road conditions from the City of Kent for Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019:

Rain, slush and possible flooded roadways

Although still frigid, precipitation across Kent is now coming down as rain and turning snow into slush in most areas. While we have opened over half of our previously closed roads, we still have several more that we are working on as the icy conditions become safer for our plow drivers to maneuver on.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • We hope to open the remaining closed roadways by your afternoon commute today. Updates will continue to be emailed out from and posted on Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor.
  • Slush is slippery to drive on, so continue to go slow, give yourself ample stopping room, and use caution. If you still have ice, snow or slush on your vehicle, please brush it off completely, including your headlights and brake lights, before venturing out.
  • Public Works crews are working to clear catch basin grates to allow standing water to flow from the streets. Call us at 253-856-5600 to report any flooding on Kent roadways, so we can work to resolve the problem as soon as possible.
  • Kent has more than 19,000 catch basins along our roadways. If you live along a residential street and have a catch basin along the gutter near your home, please clear the catch basin grate if you are safely able to do so.
  • We’ve received reports of falling trees due to the weight of wet snow. If a tree has fallen into the public roadway, please call us at 253-856-5600 to report the location.

If you see or suspect a downed power line, please do not approach it and call 9-1-1 immediately and notify PSE at 1-888-225-7773. (Reporting them on social media does not ensure a prompt or safe response and could delay repairs noticeably) You can learn more about the dangers of downed power lines at

If a downed power line is blocking a public roadway, please also contact us at 253-856-5600.

“Thanks for your patience as we try to make our City roads drivable. Be safe out there!”

Scott Schaefer

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