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City of Tigard

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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.

Winter Driving: Be PreparedThe Tigard Police Department may 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.

Winterize and be prepared

Think you have a frozen pipe?
Here’s how to tell if you do:

Turn on faucets located throughout your home; if some of them work and others do not, it is likely that you have a frozen pipe. If there is no water to your home, it is likely that the issue may be at the street and you should notify your water provider.

Turning off water at the meter
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.

Thawing frozen pipes
To thaw plumbing lines safely, use a hair dryer on a low setting. NEVER thaw a frozen pipe with an open flame. Remember to leave a little water on once the pipe has thawed so that it doesn’t refreeze.

Repairing broken water pipe(s)
If your burst pipe is located in or around your home, then it is your responsibility to repair the pipe. If the break is at the street, contact your water provider to repair it.



Public Works Crews are Standing By!
 

Public Works Crew

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.

Sandbag Station at City of Tigard Public Works Parking Lot

Launch Interactive Map
Street Sanding

Local Shelter Resources
» Provided by WA County  

View ODOT Cameras
(Live cameras courtesy of ODOT)
» 99W @ McDonald
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Tigard/Tualatin School District
» Flash Alerts Page
» Snow Routes

Weather Updates

» Forecast.Weather.GOV
» Public Alert
» Extreme Cold Tips


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  • To report a Public Works emergency during regular business hours, please contact Public Works at 503-718-2591.
  • To report water, stormwater, sewer, street or park emergencies outside regular business hours, contact the after-hours answering service at 503-639-1554.
  • View live traffic cameras courtesy of ODOT at www.tripcheck.com.
  • Be prepared for power outages. PGE reports power outages online. View basic safety tips on what to do before, during and after a power outage at https://www.ready.gov/power-outages.
  • Winter Weather Resource: Prepare now for winter weather ahead.

City Contact
Mike Lueck
Emergency Services Coordinator
503-718-2593

Hours of Operation

Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

After-Hours Emergency
To report water, stormwater, sewer, street or park emergencies outside regular business hours, contact the after-hours answering service at 503-639-1554. 

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