Power outages are widespread throughout East Providence and many traffic signals are not operating.
Nineteen local streets are blocked at some location, with entangled trees and wires requiring National Grid assistance, according to Deputy Emergency Managment Director Wayne Barnes. He asked that drivers please exercise caution and courtesy at intersections without signals.
The city, with the assistance of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Red Cross, continues to operate an emergency shelter at the East Providence Senior Center, 610 Waterman Ave.
Barnes also released a press release late this afternoon with the following information:
- About 8,600 East Providence customers, or about 39 percent of the city, is without power. It will be a number of days before the city's power is entirely restored. Residents still without power are urged to call 1-800-332-3223. To report wires down, call 1-800-465-1212.
- The city's Parks Division is diligently working on clearing storm debris. The priority for Parks crews is to clear roadways from downed trees/limbs, which they began doing late Sunday. They will then move on to residential sidewalk tree issues. There are several homes where city trees have landed on roof tops or snapped and propped against the homes.
- Larisa Park sustained quite a bit of tree damage both on the Carousel side and on the Bay side. Use of all athletic fields is suspended until Wednesday so that Parks can attend to tree damage and potential public hazards in those areas.
- The city’s website, www.eastprovidenceri.net, has information regarding city operations. Residents with additional questions not answered on the website can call the Police and Fire Dispatch Center at 401-435-7600.