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Power outages and fallen trees hitting Covington

Reports of falling tree limbs and transformer explosions around Covington have been coming into the city throughout the morning according to city officials.

The city’s maintenance crew has been working non-stop to clear roads of slush and ice in addition to fallen trees. According to Puget Sound Energy, more than 2,100 Covington customers were without power at 9 a.m.

“Trees are coming down in my neighborhood” Covington resident Jennifer Harjehausen writes on the city‘s Facebook page. “One took out a fence and deck. Hopefully our homes will be safe and the power restored soon.”

While road conditions are still a concern, the city’s crews are even more concerned about dealing with damage and blockages caused by fallen tree limbs. The city’s building official and code enforcement officer are in the field inspecting damage to buildings.

If residents or businesses experience structural damage on their property, they should call Covington City Hall and leave a message for Code Enforcement Officer Brian Bykonen at 253-638-1110 extension 2272. Staff will work to perform inspections and issue emergency permits for repairs as quickly as possible.

The National Weather Service’s Ice Storm Warning will be in effect until at least noon today. The City’s Maintenance Crew would like to thank Covington residents for staying indoors and off the roads, making their efforts easier.

For the most current updates, follow the city’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CityofCovington.

Important Resources:

Power Outages – Puget Sound Energy 1-888-225-5773

Garbage Service – Allied Waste 253-872-7220

School Closures – www.SchoolReport.org

Kent School District – 253-373-7000, www.kent.k12.wa.us

Tahoma School District – 253-413-3400, www.tahomasd.us

City Services – Covington City Hall 253-638-1110, www.CovingtonWA.gov

Police – Non-emergency 206-296-3311

Transportation – Metro Transit www.metro.kingcounty.gov

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