Friday, February 8, 2013
More plow contractors needed to help, residents warned off roads even after storm stops.
As the winter storm builds steam, Woonsocket officials report the city is dealing with the gathering blizzard conditions well. Woonsocket's DPW road crew - 42 people - is managing the few inches that have fallen so far ably, said Highway Director Rick Lambert. "We are well prepared right now," Lambert said, "As long as the equipment holds together I think we've got this, no problem." The only issue beyond equipment Lambert forsees is manpower. With 42 people manning double coverage in 20 sections across the city, some members of the crew may get too tired to keep it up by the time this storm is over, Lambert said. "If I had more contractors, I'd put them on," Lambert added. He said contractors can call him at 401-767-8883 to sign up. …
Heaviest snowfall will occur between 5 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday.
Woonsocket Fire Chief Gary Lataille, the city's EMA director, reports the approaching winter storm is expected to arrive in the Woonsocket area about 9 a.m. today and last through Saturday. A blizzard watch from the National Weather Service has been upgraded to a blizzard warning for the area. Accumulation of about 1-2 inches is expected by noontime. Snowfall will intensify to 1-2 inches per hour from 2 until 5 p.m. The heaviest snow fall will occur from 5 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday. On Saturday, 2-3 inches per hour is expected, and snow fall will continue until 12 p.m. Saturday. Total accumulations are expected to range from 18”-24”. Blizzard conditions are expected during the heaviest snow fall, due to winds that will range from…
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Water, lavatory available at Social Street site.
If you're in need of some help staying warm during the next few days, Woonsocket's Emergency Management Agency has some relief in store at the Senior Center. The city's EMA has arranged for a warming center at the 84 Social St. location. The warming center will be open today, Thursday and Friday from 1 - 4 p.m. There will be a lavatory and water fountain available, but no other amenities, according to a release sent by Woonsocket Fire Chief Gary Lataille. The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) reminds all Rhode Islanders of the following tips to stay safe during extreme cold:
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
WFD Chief Gary Lataille warns people to avoid downed wires.
Strong wind from Hurricane Sandy last night, (now downgraded to a tropical storm) has caused sporadic power outages, leaving 500 accounts in Woonsocket without power. The Woonsocket Emergency Management Agency reports National Grid is currently working to restore all accounts in the city. Keep checking the utility company's online power outage map for current power outage conditions. The current number of power outages is a marked improvement from last night's 3,483 customers without power. Charlotte McCormack, spokesperson for National Grid, said crews were taken in yesterday after winds reached speeds greater than 30 mph. She said last night that crews would begin repairing downed lines in force this morning. Any customer without …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Officials: City's biggest concern from storm will be winds, power outages. Shelter will open today at 5 p.m.
The Woonsocket Emergency Management Agency is opening an emergency shelter at Cumberland High School at 5 p.m. today, and warns the biggest threat from Hurricane Sandy will be high winds and power outages. The storm's track is expected to put landfall in southern New Jersey on Monday, according to a release from the city EMA this afternoon. Rain is expected to start Sunday night and continue through Tuesday. Rainfall is expected to be showery with some tropical downpours. Rainfall in Woonsocket should be on the low range of 2”-4”. The Army Corps of Engineers will be fully staffed on Monday and will be monitoring the Blackstone River. The Army Corps will operate the pumping stations and River Falls Flood Control as needed. The storm is …