Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Donors can visit Pavilion Plaza on Diamond Hill Road from noon to 7 p.m. today.
Thanks to The Blizzard of 2013's traffic bans and power outages, the Rhode Island Blood Center missed about 600 blood donations, and they need your help to avoid running out. The organization is asking donors, particularly platelet donors, to consider donating blood as early as possible this week, helping to avoid a blood shortage. “We lost two days to the blizzard and a quarter of our state was without power, causing lost blood drives and donation days,” said Frank Prosnitz, the Rhode Island Blood Center’s communications manager. “Not all power has been restored, jeopardizing some blood drives and certainly diverting donors’ attention to their own immediate needs." But those factors haven't diminished the daily demand for up to 280 …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Fire Chief asks for extra caution as DPW continues road-clearing efforts.
The city's streets don't have two feet of snow on them any more, but many aren't down to pavement yet and some are still tough to travel on. Residents aren't happy with the roads' condition. "Terrible," said Dave Richards on the aptly named Winter Street Monday morning, as traffic passed on a road still covered with a few inches of snow, which had hardened into a series of seasonal potholes across the area's streets. Richards said the roads are down to the tar at the Bellingham town line. "Terrible," offered another Winter Street resident shoveling his driveway, who declined to give his name. "Woonsocket roads are unsafe due to bad plowing. This city should hire another company. These roads are putting people’s lives at risk. …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Light, fluffy snow on rooftops can act as a sponge for rain, which is in the forecast for Monday.
With rain in Woonsocket's forecast for Monday, the Blizzard of '13 may not be finished wreaking havoc in Rhode Island. While temperatures dropped overnight on Friday resulting in light, fluffy snow, officials warn that fluffy snow piled high on roofs can act as a sponge, absorbing rain and adding additional stress to structures. Relatively flat roofs are particularly vulnerable, MEMA says. In other cases, roof ice dams have formed causing water build-up, leading to interior damage. These conditions can accelerate the snowmelt. To minimize the risk of over-stressing a building roof due to accumulated or drifting snow: Information from a release by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) was used in this report.
Stay up to date with the latest on this weekend's winter storm.
RIEMA: Lend a helping hand as RI digs out from Blizzard of 2013.
As Rhode Island begins to dig out from the more than two feet of snow from the Winter Storm, the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) recommends that Rhode Islanders lend a helping hand to friends, family, or neighbors that may need assistance. Rhode Islanders can help friends, family, and neighbors do the following: For regularly updated information on closures and parking bans, visit www.riema.ri.gov and click on the Latest Closing and Delays tab.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Cumberland High School Shelter Open, 108 National Grid Customers without power.
UPDATE 3:42 p.m.: Based on the positive progress made clearing RI roadways, Governor Lincoln D. Chafee has decided to lift the travel ban on RI roadways at 4 p.m. today. Chief Gary Lataille's plea to residents to remain indoors and allow road crews to continue to clear city streets unhampered remains in effect. 2 p.m.: Chances are, if you're reading this, Governor Lincoln Chafee's travel ban applies to you. One of the exceptions that applies to folks who aren't emergency services personnel, healthcare workers or utility crews would be people making their way to emergency shelters, such as the one across the town line at Cumberland High School. The shelter is now opened, said Woonsocket EMA Chief Gary Lataille, for the roughly 108 …
Do you need help shoveling after the storm? Or, are you offering shoveling services? Let's try and help out your Woonsocket neighbors during the blizzard.
Will you need shoveling out after the storm? Are you a student looking to make some money shoveling today or tomorrow? Let's get a list started of people offering shoveling/plow services. I've already heard from a few on Woonsocket Patch's Facebook page. Here's a few individuals offering shoveling services: Rebecca Ann Hall: If you're in the Diamonnd Hill area of St. Leon Winthrop, Elm Street area then message Joseph Felix Godin Jr he will help you out! Joseph Roberts my son and i will do some. Call 256-8645. If you know someone who needs shoveling or wants to offer shoveling, have them post in the comment section below!
Half of the city's plow fleet, private and public, is out of commission.
UPDATE: 2:10 p.m.: Fire Chief Lataille reports the DPW is still working around the clock to clear roads and remains in immediate need of private snow plow contractors that have a six-wheel dump truck or larger. With half the DPW fleet off the roads due to equipment failure, Lataille estimates snow removal will take 48 hours to complete. Any interested party should call DPW at 401-767-8883 or 401-767-9286. 8 a.m.: Fire Chief Gary Lataille says half the city's public and privately hired plows are out of action, putting Woonsocket in immediate need of local contractors to help dig out from under two feet of snow. Equipment failure is to blame for taking the trucks off the roads, Lataille said. Lataille said last night while monitoring the …
Woonsocket Patch caught some local people getting ready to spend a long weekend indoors - what are your plans?
A few hours before Gov. Lincoln Chafee declared a state of emergency for RI, Woonsocket residents were clearing up some last minute errands and getting ready to spend a the next few days inside. Woonsocket Patch caught up with a few of them: John Sherman; Jaidalee, 1 and 1/2, her mom, Hayley and friend Ieshia Artis and Elaine Guy and her daughter, Amiyah, 4. So, what are your plans? Tell us in the comments, or upload some photos and show us!
Thanks to the blizzard, Woonsocket is expecting up to 30 inches of snow this weekend. See how many inches have fallen in your area with the LIVE map below.
The map above, provided by the National Weather Service, shows snowfall in the past 24 hours. It is updated every 6 hours. This is not a map showing overall snow depth: It only tracks the amount of snow that has fallen in the past day. The map is centered around the red marker, which is in the middle of Woonsocket Patch's coverage area. The heaviest snow fall was expected occur between 5 p.m. last night and 6 a.m. today. Today, 2-3 inches per hour is expected, and snow fall will continue until 12 p.m. Fire Cheif Gary Lataille said total accumulations could reach as high as 30 inches.