Sandbag Station is Ready!
The city offers a free sandbag station in the parking lot of the Tigard Public Works Building (8777 SW Burnham Street.) The self-service station is stocked with sand and sandbags and can be accessed at any time. Shovels are not provided, so please bring your own. Sand is to be used for emergency purposes only. Citizens are welcome to return the full sandbags, used or not. Please return them directly to the sandbag station on the west end of the parking lot.
Be Prepared for Winter Driving
“If you’re not prepared, don’t drive,” cautions Traffic Safety Officer Rod Morse about driving on snowy and icy roads. When drivers don’t take the proper precautions, they create hazardous conditions for other drivers and pedestrians.
The Tigard Police Department will continue to issue tickets for abandoned vehicles during snow events. In prior years, drivers have left their cars blocking roads and freeways, creating unsafe road conditions for other travelers. These obstructions also make it difficult for the city’s snowplows to clear some streets.
To prepare for driving in the snow and ice, the Tigard Police Traffic Safety Unit recommends the following tips:
- Use chains, snow socks or snow tires.
- Take public transportation or ride with someone whose car is equipped for the snow.
- Travel at the speed recommended for chains. If you don’t, the chains may break.
- Go slow and steady. Budget enough time to get to your destination at a safe speed. The police will cite drivers for going faster than is safe for road conditions even if you are driving under the speed limit.
- Increase your following distance behind other vehicles to allow more room to react.
- Slow down well before you need to stop to avoid abruptly braking and potentially skidding.
- Be careful about reduced visibility due to heavy rain, snow or darkness during commute hours. Many pedestrians aren’t visible because they are wearing dark clothing.
- Bring an emergency kit with warm clothes, food and water in case you get stuck. Fill up your gas tank before a snowstorm.
Be Prepared for Cold Weather: Turning Water Off at the Meter
Cold weather, snow and freezing rain can lead to frozen and broken water pipes. Before thawing or repairing plumbing lines, make sure the water is turned off at the meter.
You may have a valve in your basement or garage. If not, the city’s water meter and shut off valve are both located inside the meter box near the road. For detailed instructions to shut off your water at the meter box, including a video, visit www.tigard-or.gov/watermeter.
Remember, never thaw a frozen pipe with an open flame. Use a hair dryer on a low setting and remember to leave a little water on once the pipe is thawed so it doesn’t freeze again.