Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Eight East Providence workers given commendations by the City Council for going "above and beyond their duty" during the Blizzard of 2013.
Five East Providence firefighters and three public works department employees were recognized Tuesday night, Feb. 19, at the City Council meeting for going "above and beyond their duty" during the Blizzard of 2013. Chris DeCecco, James Miller and Carl Torres of the DPW and Lt. Brian Poland and firefighters William Poland, Joseph DaSilva, George Carvalho and Mathew Goodreau received commendations for their actions during the storm. In particular, DeCecco, Miller and Torres were cited for helping to locate a lost child. The firefighters battled two fires while working more than 36 hours straight through several shifts. City Manager Peter Graczykowski said of all the workers: “They gave up a lot of that weekend. On behalf of the City …
Monday, February 11, 2013
National Weather Service indicates that about 17 inches of snow was dumped on the town.
So, the Blizzard of '13 dumped about 18 inches of snow on East Providence, according to the National Weather Service. There have been biggers snowfalls and smaller snowfalls in the city. But maybe not a snowfall with the high winds -- 50 to 60 mph gusts -- and lightning and heaviness of the snow of the Blizzard of 2013. And maybe not a snowstorm that wiped out power to about 78 percent of the city, according to National Grid. How would you rate the severity of this storm? Do you remember a blizzard that knocked out power to that many homes? How did you cope with the blizzard? Use the comment box below.
The National Grid Outage Map indicates that only about 17 customers are still without power today; schools are closed.
Power has been restored to just about all of East Providence. The National Grid Outage Map indicates that only about a dozen and a half East Providence customers were still without electricity at 8 am this morning, Feb. 11. The outages are scattered all over the city. National Grid said yesterday that power should be restored to everyone no later than the end of today. Meanwhile, all of the schools in East Providence -- the public schools, Providence Country Day, and Gordon -- are closed again today. They are expected to be reopened Tuesday. All government buildings, the public libraries and the senior center are open as well as thecity continues to dig out from the Blizzard of '13, which dumped about 17 inches of snow on East Providence …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Power was being restored Saturday evening after the Blizzard of 2013 knocked out electricity for about three-quarters of the city; a 'warming center' opened at East Providence High School.
About two dozen people were taking advantage of the "warming center" opened at East Providence High School Saturday afternoon, Feb. 9, in the aftermath of the Blizzard of 2013 -- even as most of the power in the city was being restored. About 3,050 customers, mostly in Riverside, still did not have power about 8:30 pm. More than 17,000 customes were without power at around mid-day on Saturday when the city started digging out from under a 18-20 inch snowfall. "We came as soon as it opened," said a woman who seemed to be leading the playing of a board game. The group was spread out on blankets spread out on the floor near a bleacher in the gymnasium. Cots were expected to be brought in later in the day, according to one of the patrol …