Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Power is restored to nearly all of South Kingstown. So how well did National Grid do after the storm?
Nearly 344,000 Rhode Islanders were without power after Tropical Storm Irene slammed into southern New England Sunday. Five days after the storm, that figure plunged dramatically to about 28,000. With over 9,000 South Kingstown outages originally reported, nearly half the town lost power for some amount of time. How would you grade National Grid's job performance after Irene? Are you impressed by the work they've done or incensed? Do they deserve an A? B? C? D? F? Sound off in the comments below.
Monday, September 5, 2011
The storm passed a week ago, but its effects may be felt for some time.
It has been nearly a week since tropical storm Irene passed through the area, but its effects continue to linger — particularly in the local real estate market. Real estate professionals from across Rhode Island explained that they are left dealing with additional complications in an already difficult housing market. Suzanne Blades, a Realtor with Keller Williams of Northern Rhode Island, said the storm put a direct damper on at least one potential sale for her. "I have a very interested party in a home I have listed, however a tree has fallen on it and the owner is having difficulty having the tree removed," Blades wrote in an e-mail message. "This is making it difficult to show this home, let alone sell it." Fredda Korber, of Residential…
Tropical Storm Irene knocked out power in large portions of South Kingstown, causing many businesses to close and stay dark for days, but for the few who didn’t lose electricity, business was booming.
Snapped trees and downed wires caused by the high winds of Tropical Storm Irene plunged much of South Kingstown into darkness for days. With thousands of people without power, watching their own food spoil, any restaurant that was open and serving food experienced a boom in business. But for those that did not fare as well, the aftermath has been a nightmare. Traffic cones block off the parking lot at the usually bustling Matunuck Oyster Bar, which has been closed since losing power on Sunday night. The refrigerators and freezers are running on a small generator, but without power for the rest of the restaurant, they can’t open for business. Owner Perry Raso has lost a week’s worth of customers already, and is unsure if he will even be …
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Missed us? Not to worry, we've got the top headlines from the past week right at your fingertips with our Week In Review.
Despite being downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm before making landfall in Rhode Island, Irene still wreaked a little havoc on the state’s south coast, toppling trees, downing power lines to cause widespread blackouts across South Kingstown and flooding ocean-side roadways. One day later at 4 p.m., with flood waters receded, road crews still scrambled to remove debris from state properties and roads as National Grid continues to combat problems with its grid that still leave 9,550 South Kingstown residents and more than 58 percent of all Rhode Islanders in the dark. National Grid provides electricity to about 14,300 South Kingstown customers and more than 480,000 throughout the state. Read more... Following what …
Friday, September 2, 2011
Here are some ways to get involved in future response and recovery efforts.
Hurricane Irene has passed, but many in our area are still working to clean up and get back on track. Here are some ways that you can get involved in helping now, and in future emergency situations: 1) ServeCorps Disaster Team: ServeRI, the state's hub for volunteer recruitment, has been organizing teams to assist with post-Irene cleanup. Call 401-331-2298 to see how you can still help. You can also consider becoming a member of the ServeCorps Disaster Team, a group of volunteers who are trained to help state and local municipalities in disaster preparation, response and recovery. Different levels of commitment are offered and no experience is required. For more information, please contact Serve Rhode Island: (401) 331-2298 ext. 112 or e-…
Two Army Blackhawk helicopters gave state officials and media members a bird's eye view of Rhode Island following Tropical Storm Irene.
While it may not have revealed the pockets of devastation some may have expected to see, a ride in an Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter gave state officials and some media members an unusual tour of the Ocean State Following Tropical Storm Irene last week, Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Sen. Jack Reed and other officials got a bird's eye view of the state from the choppers, taking members of the media along for the ride. The "unprecedented" tree damage that knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of residents for several days was not visible from the air the day after Irene blew through Rhode Island. Still, the aerial tour of Rhode Islandgives a unique perspective of the Ocean State.
Here are some things to know as the long weekend approaches.
Before the holiday barbecues, check out these five things to know: 1. Come have a cup o' joe and give us some feedback on South Kingstown Patch. Associate Regional Editor Patrick Luce with be filling in for a vacationing Carl Critz at Patch Office Hours from 10 a.m. to noon today at Bagelz, 90 Pershing Ave. in Wakefield. 2. The South County YMCA has a new leader. Kathi Crowe has been named executive director of the South County branch YMCA of Greater Providence. Crowe will be responsible for the overall management of the branch located in Peace Dale. She recently served as the branch’s interim executive director. Crowe has served as a consultant in youth development and child welfare services to private and public child welfare agencies …
Thursday, September 1, 2011
The senior complex's emergency generator failed to engage when power went out Sunday morning.
Residents of Indian Run Village in Wakefield spent the bulk of Tropical Storm Irene in the dark when the emergency generator malfunctioned. But the senior facility had power restored by late afternoon. The 115-unit affordable housing complex lost power early Sunday morning. The complex, managed by Wingate Properties in Newton, Massachusetts provides affordable housing for about 105 seniors. The facility’s auxiliary generators failed to engage when the storm caused power outages in the area early Sunday morning. Members of the Union Fire District were on scene to assist with an elevator rescue at just after 8 a.m. Sunday, when a resident was trapped due to the outage. Engine 3 and Ladder 1 responded, finding the complex in complete darkness…
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Latest update from the Town Manager's office includes locations of emergency water stations and phone numbers for Irene-related concerns.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The following is an announcement issued by the town of South Kingstown on Wednesday afternoon for those who are still without power. Residents needing water for non-drinking purposes can bring their own containers and fill them at the following locations that have a water spigot and hose. Public Services office building, 509 Comm Oliver Hazard Hwy (U.S. Route 1) - 8:30am-4:30pm Monday- Friday. Please call 789-9331 ext. 2250 for additional information. Available 24 hours: Shower Facilities are available to the public at no charge: Senior residents aged 60 or older are encouraged to visit the Senior Center 7:30am- 3:30pm weekdays; the Center will also be open this Saturday. Routine transportation is available. The general public is urged to …
The erosion from Irene was less than that of Bob.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Beaches in Narragansett, South Kingstown and Charlestown were lowered by about four feet due to the erosion of sand by Hurricane Irene, but a researcher at the University of Rhode Island said that beach erosion was considerably less than had been feared. “The volume of change did not approach the magnitude of what happened during Hurricane Bob,” said Jon Boothroyd, URI emeritus professor of geosciences, who has monitored erosion on Rhode Island beaches since 1977. “Some of the displaced sand went over the top dunes and was deposited in the beach driveways and parking lots. Some sand went offshore, but some of that will come back.” He said that municipal workers in the area are already collecting sand from some of the beach parking lots and…