Important Notification – Parking at the Cluster Mailboxes

As SVCA is starting to transition from the frozen snowy conditions we’ve seen to rain tomorrow, SVCA is encouraging the residents who have parked at the cluster mailboxes (this has occurred in all gates with homes in high elevations) to move their vehicles as quickly as is reasonable. This is to notify all individuals parked at the clusters that we will commence to tow vehicles to clear the congestion obstructing the delivery of the US Postal Service.

SVCA fully understands that this was a need based on road conditions and limited snow removal capabilities based on the severity of the storms. However, those road conditions are anticipated to improve greatly during the morning and we need to assist in the ability to resume normal operations.

The ability to clear snow and ice from the cluster boxes is essential, which requires the clearing of vehicles so that the United States Postal Service can deliver the mail.

Now that we are getting away from what continues to be a very difficult situation, it is essential that illegally parked vehicles be moved before they must be towed and impounded.

SVCA does not intend to commence vehicle removal until noon on 2/14/19. If your vehicle is stranded at a cluster mailbox, please contact Security or the Admin office for assistance. We want to help clear the congestion with the least impact to our members who have already been impacted by the storms.

Your cooperation in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

6:00pm 2/13/19 Inclement Weather Response Update

SITREP 24 – Inclement Weather Response (Update Current Operational and Next Operational Period 02/14/19)

a. Washington State of Emergency has been declared by the Governor and by Whatcom County Executive

b. Sudden Valley roads conditions on main roads have improved with sanding/plowing and with rising temperatures, some connector and side roads were plowed and sanded and showing improvement. Caution is highly advised as below freezing temperatures are forecasted for the evening and early morning. Sudden Valley roads with slush and melted snow will freeze overnight making travel hazardous. If travel cannot be avoided use extreme caution; use of chains, all-wheel drive vehicles is highly recommended.

c. SV maintenance operations this operational period have stood down at 0400 PM

d. Updates on SV roads will be posted as conditions change. Updates to be posted available either on 1610 BECoN emergency information system Sudden Valley web page (www.suddenvalley.com) or contact Sudden Valley Security.

e. Security patrol has resumed normal operations; risk assessment is done prior to transiting on certain SVCA roads

f. Current weather conditions: partly cloudy with sun breaks, winds are calm, temperature 32 degrees.

Response – Current Operational Period

a. Response assets: demobilized, crew stood down for rest and recovery

Response – Next Operational Period

a. Response operations to commence at approx. 04:30 AM

b. Security response: response may be shifted to emergency and mission critical if roads freeze

Response and Logistics Update

a. Fuel status; 70%

b. Resupply of sand; unchanged

c. SVCA facilities (Rec Center/Gym) Gym to open on regular schedule on 02/14/19. Administrative Offices to be determined by GM prior to 6 AM

External Notifications 

a. SWFA; notified

b. Bellingham School District Transportation; school canceled for 02/14/19

c. Sudden Valley Amateur Radio (updates on 1610AM BeCon Emergency Info system): notified

d. Community Outlet (SVCA web page): posting to be determined after road conditions are evaluated

Future Plans and Recommendations

a. Continue to monitor weather conditions and roads

b. Update all external notifications on conditions for roads

Amplifying Information

a. Whatcom CERTs requested volunteers to staff rewarming centers in Bellingham

b. Forecast indicates forecasts; cloudy with rain developing later, high 42 degrees

c. SVCA has cascaded information on community assistance during snow event to membership (see hyperlink for details) http://suddenvalley.com/community-assistance-during-snow-event/  


This report to be updated by 02/14/19 by 6 AM or as needed

This our current status for further information please contact norm@suddenvalley.

2:00pm 2/13/19 Inclement Weather Response Update

SITREP 23 – Inclement Weather Response (Update Current Operational Period 02/13/19)

a. Washington State of Emergency has been declared by the Governor and by Whatcom County Executive

b. Sudden Valley roads conditions remain poor but showing signs of improvement as temperatures continue to rise.  Caution is highly advised for travel due slick road conditions, snow berms and snow accumulations at the upper gates and on side streets and cul-de-sacs. If travel cannot be avoided, use of chains and all-wheel drive vehicles are highly recommended.

c. SV maintenance plowing operations commenced at 0400 AM but progress is slow due to wet snow and heavier accumulations than forecasted and areas of compact snow and ice

d. Updates on SV roads will be posted as conditions change. Updates to be posted available either on 1610 BECoN emergency information system Sudden Valley web page (www.suddenvalley.com) or contact Sudden Valley Security.

e. Security patrol has resumed normal operations; risk assessment is done prior to transiting on certain SVCA roads

f. Current weather conditions: partly cloudy with sun breaks, winds are calm, temperature 31 degrees.

Response – Current Operational Period

a. Response assets deployed, plowing per SVCA snow plan, primary focus are the main roads to provide access for emergency vehicles

b. Transition to plowing additional roads per SVCA snow plan and transitioned to sanding.

c. Response to continue to approx. 5 PM

Response – Next Operational Period

a. To be determined

Response and Logistics Update

a. Fuel status; to be updated by the end of the current operational period

b. Resupply of sand; unchanged

c. SVCA facilities (Community Center/Gym) open on regular schedule on 02/13/19. Administrative Offices opened with reduced staffing.

External Notifications 

a. SWFA; notified

b. Bellingham School District Transportation; school canceled for 02/13/19

c. Sudden Valley Amateur Radio (updates on 1610AM BeCon Emergency Info system): notified

d. Community Outlet (SVCA web page): posting to be determined after road conditions are evaluated

Future Plans and Recommendations

a. Continue to monitor weather conditions and roads

b. Update all external notifications on conditions for roads

Amplifying Information

a. Whatcom CERTs requested volunteers to staff rewarming centers in Bellingham

b. Forecast indicates forecasts transitions to partially sunny conditions occurring in the afternoon, with rain commencing during the evening

c. SVCA has cascaded information on community assistance during snow event to membership (see hyperlink for details) http://suddenvalley.com/community-assistance-during-snow-event/  


This report to be updated by 02/13/19 by 4 PM or as needed

This our current status for further information please contact norm@suddenvalley.

SVCA Operations

SVCA Admin and Accounting Offices will remain closed today, 2/13/19 due to inclement weather. Extremely limited staff will be on site to field phone calls and distribute ice melt.

The Community/Fitness Center will be open regular hours today with minimum staff. Stay safe!

Hazardous Road Conditions Continue

Sudden Valley Roads are still extremely slick and travel should be avoided unless absolutely necessary.

Sudden Valley Maintenance is recommending that if you must drive do so with chains and four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicles, as the conditions of the roads are dangerous. Unprepared drivers pose a hazard to themselves and others — please use your best judgement and stay safe.

6:00am 2/13 Inclement Weather Response Status

SITREP 22 – Inclement Weather Response (Current Operational Period 02/13/19)

a. Washington State of Emergency has been declared by the Governor and by Whatcom County Executive

b. Sudden Valley roads conditions remain poor due to icy conditions, below freezing temperatures and snow. Travel should be avoided due slick road conditions, however, if driving cannot be avoided use of chains, all-wheel drive vehicles is highly recommended.

c. SV maintenance plowing operations commenced at 0400 AM but progress is slow due to snow and icy conditions.

d. Updates on SV roads will be posted as conditions change. Updates to be posted available either on 1610 BECoN emergency information system Sudden Valley web page (www.suddenvalley.com) or contact Sudden Valley Security.

e. Security patrol has resumed normal operations; risk assessment is done prior to transiting on certain SVCA roads

f. Current weather conditions: snow forecasted till 06:30 AM, winds are calm, temperature 30 degrees.

Response – Current Operational Period

a. Response assets deployed, plowing per SVCA snow plan, primary focus are the main roads to provide access for emergency vehicles

b. Current plan is to transition to plow additional roads per SVCA snow plan and transition operations to sanding and deicing later in the day as conditions improve.

Response – Next Operational Period

a. To be determined

Response and Logistics Update

a. Fuel status; to be updated by the end of the current operational period

b. Resupply of sand; unchanged

c. SVCA facilities (Rec Center/Gym) Gym to open on regular schedule on 02/12/19. Administrative Offices closed

External Notifications 

a. SWFA; notified

b. Bellingham School District Transportation; school canceled for 02/13/19

c. Sudden Valley Amateur Radio (updates on 1610AM BeCon Emergency Info system): notified

d. Community Outlet (SVCA web page): posting to be determined after road conditions are evaluated

Future Plans and Recommendations

a. Continue to monitor weather conditions and roads

b. Update all external notifications on conditions for roads

Amplifying Information

a. Whatcom CERTs requested volunteers to staff rewarming centers in Bellingham

b. Forecast indicates snow in forecast till 0630 AM, forecasts transitions to partially sunny conditions occurring in the afternoon

c. SVCA has cascaded information on community assistance during snow event to membership (see hyperlink for details) http://suddenvalley.com/community-assistance-during-snow-event/  


This report to be updated by 02/13/19 by 1 PM or as needed. This is our current status. For further information please contact norm@suddenvalley.com

Inclement Weather Response Status

SITREP 20 – Inclement Weather Response (Current Operations Status for 02/12/19 and Next Operational Period 02/13/19)

a. Washington State of Emergency has been declared by the Governor and by Whatcom County Executive

b. Sudden Valley roads conditions remain poor due to icy conditions and below freezing temperatures, travel should be avoided due to slick road conditions, however, if driving cannot be avoided use of chains, all-wheel drive vehicles is highly suggested. Advisories has been posted on SVCA web site regarding poor road conditions and cascaded out to social media, however, travel attempts continue to be a problem. Currently a local tow company has been working to clear (7) known vehicles in ditches or abandoned on SVCA roads. One vehicle is in the middle of the road at North Point Drive (Gate 1) and will required assistance from SVCA plows on 02/13/19 when assets become available. For the health and safety of everyone involved, please DO NOT travel unless it is an emergency.

c. SV maintenance plowing operations have been stood down, plows are pre-staged for deployment on 02/13.

d. Updates on SV roads will be posted as conditions change. Updates to be posted available either on 1610 BECoN emergency information system Sudden Valley web page (www.suddenvalley.com) or contact Sudden Valley Security.

e. Security patrol has resumed normal operations; risk assessment is done prior to transiting on certain SVCA roads due to snow and ice compacted on the road making transit not safe for the vehicle and officer.

f. Current weather conditions: overcast, winds are calm, temperature 32 degrees. NWS Winter Weather Message is stating it will be canceled by 10 PM tonight

Response – Current Operational Period

a. Response assets and crew stood down at 1 PM for resupply and rest and recovery

Response – Next Operational Period

a. Response effort to resume at 4 AM on 02/13/19, current forecasted conditions show diminished snow in forecast, with sunny conditions and a high of 36 degrees in the afternoon

b. Due to forecasted weather conditions improving the response effort will make a major push to deice Sudden Valley roads. As per the snow plan; response efforts will start with major roads and connectors and pushing out to other side streets based on progress.

c. Current operations: Sudden Valley main roads were plowed however, use of sand/deicer not effective due to low temperatures and already compacted snow, continue plowing would make traction issues worse by compacting snow even more.

d. Safety advisor posted on SVCA website on snow on trees limbs, trees and roofs. Residents as to be aware of potential of large of amount of snow that can fall from heights causing injury and damage.

Response and Logistics Update

a. Fuel status; unchanged

b. Resupply of sand; unchanged

c. SVCA facilities (Community Center/Gym) Gym to open on regular schedule on 02/12/19. Administrative Offices were operated by limited personnel.

External Notifications 

a. SWFA; notified

b. Bellingham School District Transportation; school canceled for 02/13/19

c. Sudden Valley Amateur Radio (updates on 1610AM BeCon Emergency Info system): notified

d. Community Outlet (SVCA web page): posting to be determined after road conditions are evaluated

Future Plans and Recommendations

a. Continue to monitor weather conditions and roads

b. Update all external notifications on conditions for roads

Amplifying Information

a. Whatcom CERTs requested volunteers to staff rewarming center in Bellingham

b. Forecast indicates snow in forecast at 10 PM till 4 AM, forecasts transitions to partially sunny conditions ocurring in the afternoon

c. SVCA has cascaded information on community assistance during snow event to membership (see hyperlink for details) http://suddenvalley.com/community-assistance-during-snow-event/  


This report to be updated by 02/13/19 by 6 AM or as needed

This our current status for further information please contact norm@suddenvalley.com

Safety Advisory – Trees and Rooftop Snow Accumulation

As conditions begin to warm up please be mindful of the following problems with trees and rooftops:

Some of the larger trees in Sudden Valley have a significant amount of snow on their limbs that can fall unexpectedly and cause injury to people and pets, as well as cause property damage.

When trees start to lose their accumulated snow it is not uncommon for weakened trees to fall, or for their limbs to snap. Similarly, accumulated snow on pitched rooftops begin to slide off and can also cause injury and damage. Please use caution when parking or walking beneath snow laden branches, parking or walking beneath eves, and be aware of your surroundings.

Inclement Weather Response Update

a. Washington State of Emergency has been declared by the Governor and by Whatcom County Executive

b. Sudden Valley roads conditions are poor due to icy conditions and below freezing temperatures, travel should be avoided due slick road conditions, however, if driving cannot be avoided use of chains, all-wheel drive vehicles is highly suggested.

c. SV maintenance commenced plowing operations at 4 AM today. Road conditions have not improved due traction/ice conditions. Per Sudden Valley snow plan major roads and gate entrances were plowed

d. Updates on SV roads will be posted as conditions change. Updates to be posted available either on 1610 BECoN emergency information system Sudden Valley web page (www.suddenvalley.com) or contact Sudden Valley Security.

e. Security patrol has resumed normal operations.

f. Current weather conditions: snow, winds are calm, temperature 27 degrees. NWS Winter Weather Message is stating it will be canceled by 10 PM tonight

Response – Current Operational Period

a. Response efforts; plowing per SVCA snow plan
b. Response assets and crew will be stood down at 1 PM for resupply and rest and recovery

Response – Next Operational Period

a. Response effort to resume at 4 AM on 02/13/19, current forecasted conditions show diminished snow in forecast, with sunny conditions and a high of 36 degrees in the afternoon

b. Due to forecasted weather conditions improving the response effort will make a major push to deice Sudden Valley roads. As per the snow plan; response efforts will start with major roads and connectors and pushing out to other side streets based on progress.


c. Current operations: Sudden Valley main roads are plowed however, use of sand/deicer not effective due to low temperatures and already compacted snow, continue plowing would make traction issues worse by compacting snow even more.

Response and Logistics Update

a. Fuel status – 75%

b. Resupply of sand; additional delivery of sand expected today postponed till 02/13/19 due to traction issues into Sudden Valley and Sudden Valley roads

c. Security patrol resumed normal operations

d. SVCA facilities (Rec Center/Gym) Gym to open on regular schedule on 02/12/19. Administrative Offices closed

External Notifications 

a. SWFA; notified

b. Bellingham School District Transportation; school canceled for 02/12/19 (Mt. Baker School system has already issued a closure for 02/13/19)

c. Sudden Valley Amateur Radio (updates on 1610AM BeCon Emergency Info system): notified

d. Community Outlet (SVCA web page): posting to be determined after road conditions are evaluated

Future Plans and Recommendations

a. Continue to monitor weather conditions and roads

b. Update all external notifications om conditions for roads

Amplifying Information

a. Whatcom CERTs requested volunteers to staff rewarming center in Bellingham

b. Forecast indicates snow off and on until 0645 this evening and resume at 10 AM where forecasts states partially sunny conditions will occurring in the afternoon

c. SVCA has cascaded information on community assistance during snow event to membership (see hyperlink for details) http://suddenvalley.com/community-assistance-during-snow-event/  


This report to be updated by 02/13/19 by 6 AM or as needed

This our current status for further information please contact norm@suddenvalley.com