Inclement Weather

UPDATE, Wednesday, Feb. 13:

This is a friendly reminder that it’s the responsibility of the owners, tenants, and/or management of a property to keep the adjacent sidewalks free from snow and ice. Please do your part to keep everyone safe out there! Read the Municipal Code (Chapter 12.08 Removal of Snow and Ice) here.

As of 12:45 p.m.:  

PSE Update: Representatives from PSE are currently at T&C to answer your questions about the storm and expect to be there until 4 this afternoon. As of 7:30 this morning, PSE estimates most customers are expected to have power later today and it's likely some in Kitsap County will have power restored by Friday at noon. Details: https://www.pse.com/advisories

As of Friday, Feb. 8, Public Works O&M staff (22 staff total) began working 24 hours a day on 12-hour shifts responding to the snow event, power outages, and daily operations to keep water and sewer facilities operating.

During the storm, there were eight plows clearing the streets. Crews also focused on clearing storm drains. At one point, the heavy snowfall caused multiple trees to fall throughout the island. Crews concentrated on clearing trees that were blocking roads. As the power was out, O&M crews focused their priorities on PSE support, so PSE crews could get access where they needed to be. O&M crews also focused on priority support of BIFD, BIPD and any requests related to medical emergencies.

There are currently more than 50 locations where trees are partially blocking the road that crews have not been able to get to yet.

There are multiple areas throughout the Island with low wires due to heavy snow and multiple areas with trees in wires.

Currently, we have four road closures:

  • Euclid Avenue between Lafayette Ave and Phelps Rd
  • Tolo Road closed between 6664 Tolo Rd and Miller 6664
  • Toe Jam Hill Rd at Darden and South Beach Dr. (multiple trees down)
  • Seabold Church Road

There were no injuries of O&M staff. No total utility failures. We had one minor accident where a car slid into a snow plow, but there were no injuries.

O&M is in the final phase of our response and plan on returning to normal shifts Thursday. Crews are still actively working the event.

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Current road closures as of 6:00 a.m.:

  • Tolo Road closed between 6664 Tolo and Miller Road. Tree into wires
  • Seabold Church Road
  • Euclid between Lafayette and Phelps. Tree into wires
  • Toe Jam between South Beach & Darden

PSE Update: Around 1000 customers are still without power. PSE crews are on scene and trying to fix issues with one of the transmission lines that feeds the island.

National Weather Service Update: Light showers possible for today. Freezing temperatures overnight will refreeze what snow and ice is left on the roads creating potentially hazardous driving conditions tomorrow morning. Another storm set is on track for tomorrow mid-day, which should mainly bring more rain to the lowland areas of the Sound.

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UPDATE, Tuesday, Feb. 12:

As of 12:30 p.m., the Tuesday, Feb. 12 City Council Business Meeting will continue as scheduled. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Council Chamber. You can read the agenda here.  

Update, 9:10 a.m. WSF on SEA-BI route: The galley aboard the Wenatchee and Tacoma will close early this evening at 8:30 p.m. due to the snow and winter weather conditions. We apologize for the inconvenience. We’ll send out additional updates if there are further service disruptions due to weather. 


As of 8:30 a.m.:
Dolphin Road is closed at the address: 7385 due to down lines across road.
NE Day Road West is now open.

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UPDATE, Tuesday, Feb. 12:

City Hall is closed today.

Current road closures as of 5:00 a.m.:

 4615 New Sweden Road. Tree into wires
 Phelps between Day and Madison. Tree into wires
 Seabold between Komedal and Hwy 305. Tree into wires
 Day Road between Miller and Madison. Multiple trees down
 Euclid between Lafayette and Phelps. Tree into wires
 Torvanger between Madison and Sunrise. Wires down

Kitsap Transit: Effective at 9:30 a.m., routed buses are on Limited Snow Service with the exception of South Kitsap, which is on Suspended Service until further notice.

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UPDATE, 4:00 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11:  Washington State Ferries is making adjustments tonight due to the weather. The Seattle/Bainbridge route will be on one-boat service after 11:30 pm. In order to maintain service until the last scheduled 1:35 am sailing from Seattle, crews will have to reposition the boats.  More detailed information on tonight’s schedule will be sent out through WSF's customer alerts.

BISD: Due to the continued winter weather and poor road conditions, school is canceled for Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. A decision regarding Tuesday's afternoon & evening activities will be made later. Check http://www.bisd303.org for updates.

Kitsap County: There is rain in the forecast - people should focus on clearing snow from storm drains. Details here.

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UPDATE, 4:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb 10: City Hall will be closed Monday, Feb. 11. All meetings, both daytime and after hours, are canceled.

UPDATE, 1:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10: Please see the message below from the Bainbridge Island School District.

Due to winter weather and road conditions, BISD #303 is canceling school for Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. A decision regarding Monday's afternoon and evening activities will be made later. Please check http://www.bisd303.org for updates.

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UPDATE: As of 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, the outages are more significant than PSE predicted. 2,000 BI customers are without power. Crews are on scene trying to fix a circuit that provides service in the south end.

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UPDATE:  As of 5:00 p.m., the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has deactivated but staff will remain on standby. The daytime warming center at the BI Senior Center will close at 6 this evening, as planned.

PSE anticipates that power will be restored to most customers on Bainbridge Island within two hours. PSE expects 200-300 households will remain without power overnight. If you need overnight emergency shelter, please call 911.


National Weather Service

As of 4:00 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11: Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches  expected. Precipitation will turn to rain later this evening  near the water and at lower elevations. The highest hilltop locations could set wet snow persist later into the night.

 Updates available here.


City Response
During snow and ice events, the Operations & Maintenance staff works on a 24-hour schedule, using 12-hour shifts. The City has a Snow and Ice Control Plan that includes priority streets for response. The crews focus first on the main roads then neighborhood streets. We understand that everyone would like their streets plowed, and we ask for your patience. If you have a request for road maintenance during the storm, please send a message through the City's SeeClickFix application or call O&M at 842-1212. Your request will be logged and we will respond when resources are available. Please remember main arterial roads, secondary collector roads, and critical utility services are prioritized before other areas.


Current Road Closures
As of Monday, Feb. 11, the road conditions on Bainbridge Island are slippery and treacherous. There are lots of trees down throughout the Island and cars partially blocking the roads. Please stay off the roads unless it's an emergency.

For a list of road closures throughout Kitsap County, please visit Kitsap County's road report here


Power Outages (Update from Puget Sound Energy)


UPDATE, 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11: Crews worked overnight to continue to restore power to customers impacted by the winter storm that moved through the Puget Sound region on Friday and Saturday. As of 5 a.m., power has been restored to approximately 144,000 customers, with approximately 2,600 customers still without power. There are approx. 10 customers still out on Bainbridge Island.

 
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UPDATE: As of 4:00 p.m. Sunday, February 10, PSE is reporting around 325 customers remain without power. Crews continue to assess the situation and are working to restore power. 

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UPDATE: As of 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, the outages are more significant than PSE predicted. 2,000 BI customers are without power. Crews are on scene trying to fix a circuit that provides service in the south end.

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As of 5:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, PSE anticipates that power will be restored to most customers on Bainbridge Island within two hours. PSE expects 200-300 households will remain without power overnight. If you need overnight emergency shelter, please call 911.

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The winter storm is causing widespread outages around PSE's service area, with the heaviest damage in Thurston, Kitsap, and Whatcom Counties and Vashon Island. As of  11:30 a.m., there are approximately 50,000 customers without power. Approximately 4,500 of these are on Bainbridge Island. 


Severe Weather Shelters

  • Four severe weather shelters will be Four shelters will be open Monday, Feb. 11. Hours of operation are 6 p.m. - 7 a.m., except as noted for the Village Green location. Guests are not able to check into the shelter after 9 p.m. If no guests have checked into a shelter location by 9 p.m., that location will close for the evening. Shelters are located at these locations:
    • Gateway Fellowship 
      18901 8th Ave NE, Poulsbo         
    • Port Orchard United Methodist Church
      725 Kitsap Street, Port Orchard
    •  Silverdale United Methodist Church
      9982 Silverdale Way, Silverdale
    •  Village Green Community Center
      26159 Dulay Rd NE, Kingston
      *This location open from 6:30 PM until 6:30 AM
  • Dial 2-1-1, visit 211.org or text KITSAPSWS to 898-211 to get the latest information about severe weather shelters in Kitsap County.
  • When there is severe weather, the will consider opening its daytime warming center at the BI Senior Center. This facility has a generator, is staffed by trained volunteers, and provides a place to host Islanders who need a place to shelter during the day.  
  • If you or someone you know are in need of overnight shelter, the City can assist with transport to one of the Kitsap County overnight shelters. Please contact Emergency Management Coordinator Anne LeSage at alesage@bainbridgewa.gov to arrange.The City has not yet established a facility on Bainbridge Island that can serve as an overnight shelter, although we hope to do so in the course of 2019.  


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