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Road Services - Emergency and storm response

Road Services is prepared to respond 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week to roadway emergencies. Motorists are urged to use extra caution when traveling during inclement weather and never to drive around roadway barricades or through closed roads. If you have roadway flooding issues, contact the 24/7 Road Helpline at 206-296-8100 or toll-free at 1-800-527-6237.

Flooding and sandbags

If you live in a flood prone location, the County strongly recommends that you be well prepared for the flood season. This includes purchasing sand and sandbags in advance of flood season - Road Services does not provide sand and sandbags. For more information on the King County Flood Warning system, preparing for flooding, important phone numbers and links to sign up for emergency notification, and obtaining sand and sand bags, see the flooding services and information maintained by the Water and Land Resources Division or call the Flood Warning Center at 206-296-4535 or 800-768-7932.

Downed trees on public roadways

Please contact Road Services at 206-296-8100 or toll-free at 1-800-KCROADS if there are downed trees within the public roadway and right-of-ways. The location of the problem and any information provided will be dispatched out to the appropriate Maintenance Division. If power lines are involved, contact your local power provider immediately. Do not go near the downed power lines! County crews will complete the clearing and cleanup once the power company has removed the trees or limbs from the lines and safety threats have been removed.

Snow and ice weather events

The winter will bring new challenges for transportation in King County. In a countywide snow and ice event this winter, two-thirds fewer roads will be plowed than in past seasons. The likelihood that you could be snowbound or disconnected from the road network is greater this year than in years past. Plan now so you are prepared during a snow and ice storm. If you have an emergency or are in eminent danger, please call 911 immediately.

Abandoned vehicles due to storm

During weather related incidents such as snow and ice, flooding, or trees down, any vehicles found blocking the roadway, are subject to impound. Those vehicle owners should contact the Sheriff's Office at 206-296-3311 to verify if their vehicle was impounded.

Your vehicle will very likely to be towed away if it is abandoned on a snow and ice route. Roads designated as snow and ice routes must be kept open for emergency response vehicles.



Visit our glossary for an explanation of common road terms and jargon.

Contact us

King County Road Services Division
Traffic and Road Maintenance Section
155 Monroe Ave. N.E.
Renton, WA 98056
1-800-KCROADS (1-800-527-6237)
206-296-8198 (fax)

Information from the Road Services Division's website is available to people with disabilities in alternate formats upon request by calling 206-477-3839 or 711 for the TTY relay service.

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