Saturday, March 23, 2013
Per Chafee and Obama, local towns and cities will get relief from FEMA for some snow-related costs.
Saturday, March 23
Release courtesy RIEMA. Governor Lincoln Chafee announced Friday that President Obama has approved Rhode Island’s request for a disaster declaration and for public assistance for all five counties in relation to the blizzard. In addition, snow removal was approved for Kent, Providence, and Washington counties. This designation for public assistance means that eligible municipalities, state agencies and non-profits can apply for assistance in repairing storm-damaged buildings or infrastructure or for projects to mitigate effects for future damage from similar storms. The designation for snow removal means that eligible municipalities can apply for assistance to offset the costs of snow removal. Public assistance is requested by a …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Some notes and information as people finish cleaning up from Nemo (and prepare for a new storm on Saturday maybe).
5 a.m. – Here are your storm-related updates for Tuesday! Unless we receive new storm-related information, this will probably be our only update of the day. Thanks for following along with us the past few days, folks! PREVIOUS STORM COVERAGE
Monday, February 11, 2013
Those sleds will get one more day of use for SK and Prout students, as their schools have cancelled classes for Tuesday.
5:30 p.m. – The University of Rhode Island just released the following statement via its Facebook account: DELAYED START: The University plans to hold classes, beginning at 9:30 am on Tuesday, February 12. Crews will continue to work on clearing sidewalks and parking lots throughout the evening. We recognize that campus conditions may not be ideal. Allow extra time to get to class or work on schedule, be cautious, and wear appropriate shoes. Carpool if possible to help reduce the number of vehicles on campus, and be prepared to use the shuttle system to travel from outer parking lots. The parking ban remains in effect overnight. 4:55 p.m. – Also just across the wire: The Prout School has cancelled classes for Tuesday. 4:40 p.m. – Thanks to…
No, for real, this should be our last day of urgent storm coverage!
6 a.m. – Hey folks, as the dek for this story implies, I really hope this is the last day of storm coverage that I’ll have to do. Right at the top of this, I’d like to thank many of you for your kind words about our coverage – They’re definitely appreciated, and in return, I thank you for the uploads to our photo gallery! However, before I turn completely into Sally Field, let’s get on to the news stuff. As usual, for a full list of cancellations and delays in other towns, click here for the RI Broadcasters Network list. That’s all for now! I will update this story as needed throughout the day. PREVIOUS STORM COVERAGE
Somerset resident Bill Greene was watching TV in his bedroom when a tree snapped, and fell through his roof.
Bill Greene of Somerset was in bed watching TV at around 9 p.m. last night when he heard a loud snap and suddenly a large tree fell on the bedroom roof, crashing through.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Join us for our last day (hopefully!) of urgent storm coverage.
7:55 p.m. – Here is our last planned major update, unless I magically get power back in my apartment before Monday… Thanks for following along, folks! And keep adding your photos to our gallery. 5:20 p.m. – Some later afternoon / early evening updates for y’all, based on information I’ve gotten since this morning. That’s all for now! I will probably update at least one more time before the end of the night, depending on where I go from here. (I’m currently leeching power from the Cool Beans Café in Narragansett. It’s a nice, cozy place to update from, as opposed to my powerless apartment. /commercial plug) 6:28 a.m. – Hopefully, this is the last one of these articles that I’ll have to do! On to the notices and what not… National Grid is …
The South Kingstown School District and the University of Rhode Island have cancelled classes for Monday, thanks to Nemo.
4:51 p.m. – Sure enough, my timing is impeccable – Less that five minutes after I posted, Narragansett has also cancelled school. The other districts – Chariho, Westerly, East Greenwich – are still up in the air. 4:45 p.m. – As of Sunday afternoon, classes have been cancelled for Monday for the South Kingstown School District, the University of Rhode Island and the Prout School. For the full list, check out the web site of the RIBA Cancellation System here. The Bradley School is also closed, along with Bishop Hendrickn, La Salle, Monsignor Clarke and several other local colleges – Johnson and Wales, and the Roger Williams Bristol campus. Narragansett, East Greenwich, Chariho and Westerly have not yet made a decision on cancelling Monday …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
It’s cold and dark, and if you’re reading this, then you probably don’t live in Washington County.
10:35 p.m. – One last update for tonight: Unless something big happens, this will be the end of our updates for Saturday. Check back in with us Sunday at 6 a.m., and until then, keep uploading these awesome snow pictures! (I would especially enjoy seeing more snowmen.) 6 p.m. – Here is a late afternoon update for everyone, after I finally found a working outlet at the Ryan Center, and based on my observations while driving. 6 a.m. – Overnight, the number of outages in Washington County has swollen from about 26,000 to 47,112, according to National Grid’s online outage map, and thanks to the storm no restoration estimate is available. Statewide, about 187,176 customers are without power. The worst hit seems to be Bristol County, with only …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Thanks to vicious winds and snowdrifts, there is no power restoration estimate for 26,000 National Grid customers in Washington County.
According to National Grid’s online outage map, about 26,744 customers are without power in Washington County, and 41,101 customers statewide are affected. The hardest hit areas are Charlestown and Narragansett, where more than 80 percent of customers are without power. About a third of the homes in South Kingstown are without power. Initially, restoration times ranging from 8:30 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday were given for Washington County. However, because of the high winds and snowdrifts from the blizzard, crews are unable to work right now, and all estimated restoration times have been put on hold.