January 8, 2009

Port Open During Flood Threat

Over the past two days, heavy rains and melting mountain snow resulted in localized flooding along the Puyallup River. Fortunately, the river crested below flood stage at 4 a.m. today (Jan. 8), and operations at the Port of Tacoma remain open. No terminals shut down during the event.

Outside the Port area, there remain some road closures (see current road status) and interruptions to mainline rail service. In addition, bridges near the Port may be periodically closed for inspection and debris removal. In the days ahead, the Port will focus on debris removal from waterways, infrastructure inspection and coordination with local/state agencies and our rail partners as the region returns to regular business.

Port Media Relations: Mike Wasem, 253-383-9436