Weather Event News and Updates

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Whether it's a wind storm, snow storm, flooding or a power outage, it's important to be prepared and stay safe with the latest updates. During a weather event affecting the City of Sammamish, up-to-date information will be posted in the news feed below to help you make safe decisions.




Whether it's a wind storm, snow storm, flooding or a power outage, it's important to be prepared and stay safe with the latest updates. During a weather event affecting the City of Sammamish, up-to-date information will be posted in the news feed below to help you make safe decisions.



  • Flood Warning in Effect

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    UPDATE FRIDAY, JANUARY 7TH

    4:30 pm Update:

    • 212th @ Ebright water is still over the roadway in both directions
    • 242 Ave SE 7 45th St - crews were able to pump down the water, but with both ponds full on either side, crews will need to continue monitor and pump through the night
    • Sahalee is clear in both directions of travel
    • SE 24th water is still over the roadway but is receding
    • SE 20th water has receded
    • Beaver Lake drive has water over the roadway with warning signs out (ditches are maxed out, nothing blocking)


    3:00 pm Update: Sahalee Way is open in both directions. Please continue to use caution when driving as our area is still under a Flood Warning until tomorrow.

    2:00 pm Update: The gates to Evans Creek Preserve are now closed due to heaving rains and caution for any landslides or trees down.

    1:30 pm Update: There is standing water throughout the City; especially on Sahalee Way, near the entrance to Sahalee Greens. Please slow down and drive cautiously.

    There are current reports of water over the roadway at the following locations in Sammamish:

    • 212th AVE SE at Ebright
    • 242 AVE SE & SE 45th St
    • 236 AVE SE & SE 18th
    • SE 24th from 244th to 228th in both directions (drivers use caution as the water is encroaching onto the roadway)

    Cautionary signs are in place and we ask drivers to use caution in the area.



    Map of Impacted Area along Issaquah City RoadWe have also received reports of potholes on Issaquah Fall City Road in both directions from the new roundabout at Klahanie to 32nd. The potholes are a result of plowing and were repaired last night. Due to the current weather conditions, the pothole patching will need to be redone today. Cautionary signs are in place next to the roadway, We urge drivers to use caution.

    We will provide updates here when we become aware of flooding issues impacting driving in Sammamish.




    ORIGINAL POST
    The snow is melting and the heavy rain is back, and the National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for all of King County until Saturday, January 8. We can all help by making sure street drains are kept clear. For up-to-date information on this weather watch, visit the National Weather Service.

    As we are notified of any flooding that impacts travel and road conditions in Sammamish, we will update right here.

    Make sure to check the City's Weather Event's page for the lasted updates.

  • Winter Weather Update

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    UPDATE Wednesday, January 5

    Message from Republic Services
    After checking the streets and consulting the weather forecast, Republic Services’ operations leadership team has determined it’s most safe to DELAY residential solid waste collection services TWO HOURS and commercial ONE HOUR where it is safe to do so. Specifically to Sammamish, Republic Services is still checking routes and making plans for collections WHILE also getting two drop-off locations at Beaver Lake Park and East Sammamish Park established today. Read information on the drop-off locations here: www.sammamish.us/news-events/current-news?id=58702

    As always this week, Republic Services wants to collect as much material as safely possible. Sammamish’s hyper-local road conditions beyond the arterials are still tough to navigate so Republic Services will provide an update on residential and commercial later this morning when their crews start making the rounds.

    For questions, please contact Republic Services here:


    UPDATE Tuesday, January 4, 5pm

    The City of Sammamish and Republic Services have set up two drop-off locations tomorrow, Wednesday, January 5, in Sammamish for garbage and recycling for residential customers that have missed collection last week and this week. For more details and updates on the City's snow and ice operation: https://www.sammamish.us/news-events/current-news?id=58702.

    We will continue to assess the weather and road conditions, and additional drop-off locations for garbage and recycling as needed. Please stay tuned for updates tomorrow, Wednesday!
    We greatly appreciate your continued support and understanding throughout this storm!


    UPDATE Tuesday, January 4

    Crews have been out this morning clearing roads and will continue throughout the day. Crews are reporting that roads are still very slick so please use caution when driving.

    Message from Republic Services

    If road and weather conditions safely allow, Republic Services will pick up garbage 2 hours late today. They are prepared to pick up double the usual material at no extra charge due to the suspended service last week. Thank you for your patience while we weathered this storm.

    For questions about trash, recycle, and yard waste collection, please find additional information here Republic Services - Sammamish or call Republic Services at 206-682-3037.

    Message from Metro Transit

    Metro Transit routes 216 and 269, and Sound Transit Route 554 have resumed regular operation at 228th Av NE and NE 8th St, after being rerouted yesterday due to icy road conditions.

    We apologize for any inconvenience, and we appreciate your patience.


    UPDATED Monday, January 3

    There is black ice throughout Sammamish and there's a winter weather advisory until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 4. For your safety, please stay off the roads if you can.

    Sahalee Way Has Re-Opened

    Sahalee Way has re-opened in both directions. The road was closed from 202 to NE 37th due to icy conditions and stuck vehicles. Public Works has cleared the road. The road is still icy so please stay off the roads if you can.

    Important Message from Republic Services

    After checking road conditions this morning, Republic Services is operating on a two-hour delay today (Monday, Januay 3).

    There are still some areas with hazardous roads conditions that may not be safe to service. If Republic Services cannot safely collect today, your service will resume on your next regular collection day.

    For questions about trash, recycle, and yard waste collection, please find additional information here Republic Services - Sammamish or call Republic Services at 206-682-3037.


    UPDATED Wednesday, December 29

    IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM REPUBLIC SERVICES
    No garbage, recycle, or yard waste collection Wednesday or Thursday due to road conditions. They will collect double regular material at no charge at the next regular service collection day.

    Snow in the Forecast for Thursday

    More snow is predicted for Sammamish on Thursday. Now is the time to prepare and make sure you have everything you need. For weather alert updates for our area, visit: Weather.gov Weather Alerts.

    UPDATED Tuesday, December 28

    IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM REPUBLIC SERVICES
    Due to the hazardous road conditions and Republic's commitment to public safety, as well as driver’s safety, they will not be able to service areas with a Tuesday collection day. They will collect double regular material at no charge at the next regular service collection day.

    Snow Plowing

    Snow plowing on the main arterial roads along with neighborhood roads continues. View the snow plowing priority map here: Snow Plowing Route Map.

    UPDATED Monday, December 27

    IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM REPUBLIC SERVICES
    Due to the hazardous road conditions and Republic's commitment to public safety, as well as our driver’s safety, we will not be able to service areas with a Monday collection day. We will collect double regular material at no charge at the next regular service collection day.

    SAMMAMISH PARKS
    All city parks are closed. Parks maintenance crew members are currently assisting with road clearing.

    Parks are open for walk-in use, and will open later in the week as staff becomes available and the parks are inspected and safe to open.


    UPDATED Sunday, December 26

    There is a winter weather warning for our area today. Please stay off the roads if you can so crews can safely clear the roads. If you must drive, make sure to check with businesses first to see if they are open. Remember to check on neighbors as well.

    Due to the low temperatures, the roads remain icy and will worsen overnight. Crews are out clearing the roads. Main arterial roads are the priority; therefore, it may be a while before crews reach neighborhood roads. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

    For weather alert updates for our area, visit: Weather.gov Weather Alerts.


    ORIGINAL POST

    Winter weather and low temperatures are in the forecast through the weekend. Please use extra caution when driving as the temperatures drop and the roads become slick.


    Important links to help stay safe during snow and ice events:


    Get Updates

    For up-to-date weather alerts, advisories, and warnings, visit the National Weather Service.

    If the current forecast leads to a significant weather-related event in Sammamish, please check the City's Weather Events page for updates. You’ll also find helpful resources in the sidebar to prepare ahead of time.

    Also, make sure that you are signed up to receive email and text alerts from the City here: https://service.govdelivery.com/accounts/WASAMMAM/subscriber/new

  • Rain and Wind Update

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    UPDATE: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15

    • An atmospheric river will continue to bring heavy rain across the area this morning and into the afternoon, with flooding likely on many area rivers
    • Windy conditions area-wide, with widespread gusts 40-50mph
    • There are currently no flooding issues in Sammamish, but it's important to prepare for possible road closures due to flooding, localized landslides, lakefront flooding, and downed trees and powerlines.
    • Significant river flooding is possible across the northern Olympic Peninsula, Whatcom County, and Skagit County.
    • Heavy rain may also lead to sharp rises and urban flooding impacts (especially in low-lying and poor drainage areas) this morning and into the afternoon.
    • An elevated threat of landslides will persist over the next few days due to heavy rainfall and saturated soils

    ORIGINAL POST
    The atmospheric river will continue to bring heavy rains to the region increasing our risk of localized flooding and landslides. Local rivers, including the Snoqualmie have already reached a Level 3 – Moderate flood stage and will continue to see rising waters through the weekend.

    There are currently no flooding issues in Sammamish, but it's important to prepare for possible road closures due to flooding, localized landslides, and lakefront flooding.

    What to Know About Landslides

    With the potential of landslides due to the rain-saturated ground, it's important to know how to prepare for landslides. Click here for helpful information on landslide preparedness.

    Other Helpful Links


    Help your neighborhood by clearing storm drains.

    Check nearby storm drains periodically to keep them from getting clogged by debris. The Adopt-a-Drain program is a great community program to encourage drain maintenance.

    Get Updates

    If the current forecast leads to a significant weather-related event in Sammamish, please check the City's Weather Events page for updates. You’ll also find helpful resources in the sidebar to prepare ahead of time.

    Also, make sure that you are signed up to receive email and text alerts from the City here: https://service.govdelivery.com/accounts/WASAMMAM/subscriber/new

  • Wind and Rain Storm

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    UPDATE: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 at 7:00 a.m.

    We've received reports of downed powerlines blocking the road at 2924 224th Place SE. Signs and barricades are in place. Puget Sound Energy is responding and has an early morning estimated time of restoration.

    ORIGINAL POST

    The rain and wind have arrived in Sammamish. Please check the City's Weather Events page for updates. You’ll also find helpful resources in the sidebar to prepare ahead of time for potential wind, power outages, and flooding.


    Here are a few links that are helpful during a wind storm:

  • Heavy Rain Storm Expected

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    The National Weather Service is forecasting a significant rainfall for our region, beginning this evening through Friday morning. The forecast is growing confidence in heavy rain, potentially resulting in riverine, urban, and lake flooding. A combination of heavy rains and widespread vegetative debris on the roadways clogging storm drains and stormwater infrastructure may exacerbate the risk of urban flooding.

    Help your neighborhood by clearing storm drains.

    Check nearby storm drains periodically to keep them from getting clogged by debris. The Adopt-a-Drain program is a great community program to encourage drain maintenance.


    Helpful links to prepare ahead of time:


    Get Updates

    If this forecast leads to a significant weather-related event in Sammamish, please check the City's Weather Events page for updates. You’ll also find helpful resources in the sidebar to prepare ahead of time.

    Also, make sure that you are signed up to receive email and text alerts from the City here: https://service.govdelivery.com/accounts/WASAMMAM/subscriber/new

  • Rain and Wind Storm Updates

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    UPDATE: MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 4:30 PM

    All City parks and entrances are now open.

    UPDATE: MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 11:00 AM

    All City parks opened as of 10:00 a.m. with the exception of the lower entrance to Evans Creek Preserve (off of 202) -- the entrance from Sahalee Way is open.

    UPDATE: MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 7:30 AM

    Lots of improvements through the evening. 228th was cleared and reopened at roughly midnight, so all roads that were closed due to storm debris have been reopened.

    Debris management work continues; however, a considerable amount of work still remains to clear storm debris and vegetative waste from public infrastructure.

    Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has restored power to much of the city, a few pockets remain without power, the largest in the southwest corner of the city along ELSP and in the northwest. The majority of traffic lights along main arterials are working for the morning commute.

    CORRECTION: School districts will open today. LWSD is only reporting issues at two locations: Alcott and Tesla STEM are closed today.

    City Parks will remain closed this morning until crews can evaluate the debris and any fallen trees to make sure they are safe before opening. East Sammamish Park will be first on the list as it is used by families of kids that go to Mead Elementary School.

    We expect to continue experiencing the impact of this storm through today; as further impact arises we will provide an update.

    UPDATE: (SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 5:30 PM)

    Due to the power outage, many traffic lights are not functioning. As it is getting dark, please avoid the roads if possible. If driving, please treat all intersections as a four-way stop.

    UPDATE (SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 3 PM)

    As it gets dark, please try to stay off the roads for your safety and the safety of City crews who are out removing downed trees and debris.

    If you come across a non-functioning traffic light, please treat all intersections as a four-way stop.

    Please see the detour map below for northbound traffic on 228th Avenue SE coming from Issaquah via SE 43rd Way. If you are heading south on 228th before the Issaquah Pine Lake intersection, please use alternative routes such as Issaquah Pine Lake Road or 212th Avenue SE to East Lake Sammamish Parkway.

    UPDATE (SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1 PM)

    Issaquah Pine Lake Road at SE 48th is now open. There is some remaining small debris on the road so please continue to exercise caution while driving.

    UPDATE (SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 12 NOON)

    Trees are blocking the following main arterials. As they are on power lines, Puget Sound Energy crews will need to remove and clear.

    228 Avenue SE @ the 3600 block

    Possible alternatives are through the Issaquah Highlands or Eastlake Sammamish Parkway.

    Please follow the detour signs that are being set up by City crews.

    Issaquah Pine Lake @ the SE 48th block

    Possible alternatives are through the Issaquah Highlands or Eastlake Sammamish Parkway.

    UPDATED SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24

    There are widespread power outages throughout the region. Numerous roads are blocked due to downed trees. City parks are closed due to trees downed. Many traffic lights are dark. If you encounter a non-working traffic light, treat the intersection as a four-way stop. But, please try to stay home and off the roads while repairs crews are at work.

    Please make sure to report downed trees, power lines, and non-working traffic lights using the My Sammamish app: https://www.sammamish.us/how-do-i/my-sammamish/

    Here are a few helpful links:


    Be Mindful of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    Caution: Each year, an average of 430 Americans die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning, and there are more than 20,000 visits to the emergency room with more than 4,000 hospitalizations. Carbon monoxide-related deaths are highest during colder months. These deaths are likely due to increased use of gas-powered furnaces and alternative heating, cooking, and power sources used inappropriately indoors during power outages.

    • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal¬ burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. Keep these devices at least 20 feet from doors, windows, and vents.
    • The primary hazards to avoid when using alternate sources for electricity, heating or cooking are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire.
    • Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.
    • If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door.
    • Call for help from the fresh air location and remain there until emergency personnel arrive to assist you.


    UPDATED SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23

    Varying levels of rain and wind are expected Sunday through Monday. For up-to-date weather alerts, advisories, and warnings, visit the National Weather Service.

    It's important to always be prepared:

    Have food, water, and medication on hand to last a few days for you and your pets.

    Charge mobile devices.

    Have flashlights and batteries on hand.

    Pack emergency supplies in your vehicle such as warm clothes, blankets, a flashlight, and water.

    Clear the storm drains around your house to prevent flooding - you can also adopt a drain: https://adopt-a-drain.org/.


    ORIGINAL POST

    If there is a weather-related event in Sammamish, please check the City's Weather Events page for updates. You’ll also find helpful resources in the sidebar to prepare ahead of time for potential wind, power outages, and flooding.

    Here are a few links that are helpful during a wind storm:

  • September is National Preparedness Month

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    National Preparedness Month is observed each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time.


    VIRTUAL SESSIONS

    In partnership with the state emergency management offices and community partners in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, FEMA Region 10 is hosting several virtual sessions throughout the month for you and your family to attend.

    • Twitter Spaces Preparedness Chat on September 13 from 12 – 1 p.m. PT
    • R10 Family Prep Night Webinar on September 14 from 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. PT
    • Livestock & Large Animals Preparedness Webinar on September 17 from 10 – 11 a.m. PT


    Visit the FEMA Region 10 Individual and Community Preparedness Dashboard for additional information on how to attend these virtual events.


    DO SOMETHING TO GET BETTER PREPARED DURING THIS MONTH!

    Click here to view Sammamish's Emergency Preparedness Resources.


    WEEKLY THEMES

    Week 1: Sept. 1-4 Make A Plan

    Week 2: Sept. 5-11 Build A Kit

    Week 3: Sept. 12-18 Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness

    Week 4: Sept. 19-25 Engage Your Community on Preparedness


    Complete details can be found here: https://www.sammamish.us/news-events/current-news?id=57946

  • Air Quality Alert Issued Until Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

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    The National Weather Service has issued an Air Quality Alert effective until Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Sensitive groups (children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with heart or lung conditions) should stay indoors when possible to avoid the smoke. If you have to be outside, please use an N95 mask.

    For additional information on smoke and air quality, go to the sidebar on Connect Sammamish's Weather Events page and look for Wildfire Awareness and Prevention Tips.

  • High Temperatures This Week in Sammamish

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    Click here to download heat message in different languages.

    Temperatures may reach the high 90s starting on Thursday this week. Make sure to stay safe and take necessary precautions. Heat can create serious health problems. Usually the elderly, the very young, the sick and those without access to air conditioning are most severely affected by heat.


    Community Cooling Center
    The Sammamish Library at 825 228th Avenue SE is open and can be utilized as a community cooling center for anyone seeking refuge from the high temps. The library is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

    The YMCA at 831 228th AVE SE will open Friday until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Need help getting to the Sammamish Library or YMCA?
    The best option is Metro Route 269 (which is currently operating under a partial suspension due to COVID-19): https://kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/metro/schedules-maps/route/269.aspx.

    Community Ride is another option if it serves your area: https://connect.sammamish.us/mobility-hub#Ride.


    Symptoms of Heat Illness

    Make sure to be aware of heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, nausea, weak but rapid pulse, and headaches. People with these symptoms should find shade, drink water slowly and make sure there is good ventilation.

    If fluids are not replaced soon enough, heat stroke can follow causing extremely high body temperature, red and dry skin, rapid pulse, confusion, brain damage, loss of consciousness and death. To help a person showing severe symptoms, get the victim into shade, call for emergency medical services and start cooling the person immediately with cool water or by fanning.

    Stay in an air-conditioned area, either at home or in a public place. This is the most effective way to combat heat. If air conditioning is not available, pull the shades over the windows and use cross-ventilation and fans to cool rooms.

    A cool shower or bath also is an effective way to cool off. Limit the use of stoves and ovens to keep home temperatures lower. Children especially can quickly become dehydrated. They need to drink fluids frequently, especially water, and wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothes. Avoid drinks that are heavily sweetened or contain caffeine. Check on children often, especially if they are playing outside in high temperatures.

    Heat Precautions

    • Never leave people or pets in a closed, parked vehicle during hot weather, even for a short time
    • Drink plenty of fluids but avoid drinks with caffeine or a lot of sugar
    • Plan strenuous outdoor activity for early morning or evening when the temperature is lower
    • Take frequent breaks when working outside
    • Wear sun block, hats and light-colored, loose-fitting clothes
    • Stay indoors in air conditioning as much as possible
    • Check frequently on the elderly and those who are ill or may need help
    • Check with a doctor about the effects of sun and heat when taking prescription drugs, especially diuretics or antihistamines
    • At first signs of heat illness – dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps – move to a cooler place, rest a few minutes, then slowly drink a cool beverage, and seek medical attention immediately if conditions do not improve


    Conserving Energy

    It’s important to conserve energy while we are experiencing extreme heat to help prevent power outages. Please consider these important tips from Puget Sound Energy:

    1. Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible. For those with central air or air conditioning, PSE recommends no lower than 75 degrees. That might seem on the warm side, but customers can save up to 5 percent on their electric bill by taking that simple step.
    2. Consider investing in a smart thermostat that will automatically adjust the indoor temperature while you’re away.
    3. Use fans to help circulate the air. Remember that ceiling fans cool you, not the room, so when you leave the room, make sure to turn off the fan.
    4. Make sure to close window blinds and curtains to block direct sunlight. In the evening, open windows for cross ventilation.
    5. Switch out any conventional light bulbs with LED or compact fluorescent light bulbs, which produce 70 percent less heat.
    6. Run appliances – such as dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers – at night. A hot dishwasher sends heat throughout the house; run only on full loads and use the ‘no heat’ option for the drying cycle.
    7. Consider cooking a later dinner or grilling outside to prevent any additional heat buildup.

    For up-to-date information on the upcoming weather temps, visit the National Weather Service.

  • Extreme Heat Warning for Sammamish Community

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    UPDATE: Tuesday, June 29

    The excessive heat warning for our area will be lifted tonight at 11:00 p.m. For this reason, the cooling station at City Hall does not need to open tomorrow (Wednesday, June 30) as the temperature high will be in the low 80s. We encourage everyone to still take precautions to stay cool and hydrated, and conserve water and energy as we experience a warmer than normal summer. If another weather alert is issued for our area in the future, please check back here for information and resources.

    UPDATE: Monday, June 28

    Sammamish City Hall lobby will open as a cooling station for residents during the upcoming heat wave. Even though City Hall remains closed while COVID restrictions are evaluated and in-person services are not available, the City has been working this week to make City Hall accessible to residents as a refuge from the heat.

    Sammamish City Hall will open during these hours:
    Sunday, June 27: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Monday, June 28: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, June 29 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Seating, restrooms and water will be provided. If you do use the space, please remember to wear a mask and maintain safe distance.

    Need help getting to City Hall?

    The best option is Metro Route 269 (which is currently operating under a partial suspension due to COVID-19): https://kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/metro/schedules-maps/route/269.aspx.

    Community Ride is another option if it serves your area: https://connect.sammamish.us/mobility-hub#Ride.

    Additional Cooling Station Options:

    • Sammamish YMCA will open during regular business hours:
      Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
      Monday and Tuesday 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    • Sammamish Presbyterian Church
      Sunday and Monday: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    • Issaquah Community Center
      Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    • SeaTac Airport
    • Snoqualmie Tribe Casino
    • King County has also provided a list here that includes area malls, libraries, and theaters: https://kcemergency.com/2021/06/24/cooling-centers-in-king-county.

    Please stay safe and cool, and look out for your neighbors.


    ORIGINAL POST
    Temperatures may reach the high 90s this weekend in Sammamish. Make sure to stay safe and take necessary precautions. Heat can create serious health problems. Usually the elderly, the very young, the sick and those without access to air conditioning are most severely affected by heat.

    Symptoms of heat illness include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, nausea, weak but rapid pulse, and headaches. People with these symptoms should find shade, drink water slowly and make sure there is good ventilation.

    If fluids are not replaced soon enough, heat stroke can follow causing extremely high body temperature, red and dry skin, rapid pulse, confusion, brain damage, loss of consciousness and death. To help a person showing severe symptoms, get the victim into shade, call for emergency medical services and start cooling the person immediately with cool water or by fanning.

    Stay in an air-conditioned area, either at home or in a public place. This is the most effective way to combat heat. If air conditioning is not available, pull the shades over the windows and use cross-ventilation and fans to cool rooms.

    A cool shower or bath also is an effective way to cool off. Limit the use of stoves and ovens to keep home temperatures lower. Children especially can quickly become dehydrated. They need to drink fluids frequently, especially water, and wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothes. Avoid drinks that are heavily sweetened or contain caffeine. Check on children often, especially if they are playing outside in high temperatures.

    Heat Precautions

    • Never leave people or pets in a closed, parked vehicle during hot weather, even for a short time
    • Drink plenty of fluids but avoid drinks with caffeine or a lot of sugar
    • Plan strenuous outdoor activity for early morning or evening when the temperature is lower
    • Take frequent breaks when working outside
    • Wear sun block, hats and light-colored, loose-fitting clothes
    • Stay indoors in air conditioning as much as possible
    • Check frequently on the elderly and those who are ill or may need help
    • Check with a doctor about the effects of sun and heat when taking prescription drugs, especially diuretics or antihistamines
    • At first signs of heat illness – dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps – move to a cooler place, rest a few minutes, then slowly drink a cool beverage, and seek medical attention immediately if conditions do not improve


    Conserving Energy

    It’s important to conserve energy while we are experiencing extreme heat to help prevent power outages. Please consider these important tips from Puget Sound Energy:

    1. Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible. For those with central air or air conditioning, PSE recommends no lower than 75 degrees. That might seem on the warm side, but customers can save up to 5 percent on their electric bill by taking that simple step.
    2. Consider investing in a smart thermostat that will automatically adjust the indoor temperature while you’re away.
    3. Use fans to help circulate the air. Remember that ceiling fans cool you, not the room, so when you leave the room, make sure to turn off the fan.
    4. Make sure to close window blinds and curtains to block direct sunlight. In the evening, open windows for cross ventilation.
    5. Switch out any conventional light bulbs with LED or compact fluorescent light bulbs, which produce 70 percent less heat.
    6. Run appliances – such as dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers – at night. A hot dishwasher sends heat throughout the house; run only on full loads and use the ‘no heat’ option for the drying cycle.
    7. Consider cooking a later dinner or grilling outside to prevent any additional heat buildup.

    For up-to-date information on the upcoming weather temps, visit the National Weather Service.

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