Seventeen city of Lacey employees are on standby this weekend to respond to any damage caused by the forecast storm.
Public Works Director Scott Egger updated the Lacey City Council on Thursday on how the city plans to respond to the second of two storms.
The first storm rolled through the area Thursday night and Friday morning, bringing heavy rainfall and thunder. But it’s the second storm — remnants of a typhoon named Songda — that could bring more rain and even stronger winds Saturday night, resulting in extensive damage and widespread power outages.
Egger said he participated in a briefing with the National Weather Service that described Saturday’s storm as the kind of weather event that happens once every 10 to 20 years.
“We will be ready,” he said.
Staff from the city’s water, traffic and parks departments will be on hand to power up lift stations, wells and street signals if there are problems, Egger said.
Egger also reminded the public to stock up on water — the rule of thumb is one gallon per person per day — as well as nonperishable foods, batteries and flashlights.
Egger also asked for the public’s help in removing leaves from stormwater drains to help minimize flooding on local streets.
The city’s Public Works Department is dispatched through 911, he said.
Mayor Andy Ryder said he hopes Saturday’s storm is not as bad as forecast.
“Let’s keep our fingers crossed,” he told the council.