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Many NK Homes Still in the Dark

Almost 1,800 North Kingstown National Grid customers are without power two days after Hurricane Sandy.

Many North Kingstown residents may be spending Halloween in the dark this year. According to figures from National Grid, almost 1,800 North Kingstown customers are still without power two days after Hurricane Sandy swept through the area.

At the height of the outages, more than 7,000 North Kingstowners were without power due to Sandy's damaging winds. As of noon on Wednesday, more than 50,000 Rhode Islanders are still without power.

The hardest hit communities were South Kingstown, Narragansett and Westerly. According to National Grid, more than 10,000 customers are without power in SK with another 7,750 in Narragansett. (Click here for photos of the effects of Sandy in both towns.)

In North Kingstown, firefighters and rescue crews were kept busy during the storm. According to Town Manager Michael Embury, emergency calls included:

  • a structure fire at 79 Main Street, resulting from tidal water in the basement,
  • kitchen fire at Crossroads off Devils Foot Road,
  • 5 Wickford basements that needed to be pumped out
  • 8 evacuations of homes on Pleasant Street in Wickford,
  • 2 evacuations from people on Washington Street

A tidal surge also flooded the basement of the Town Annex Building in Wickford. A septic tank and two large dumpsters were also found floating during the surge. 

Two public works employees also had a close call during the storm. According to Embury, the two exited their truck moments before a tree fell on it, crushing the cab.

Govstench November 01, 2012 at 02:15 AM
By 10pm - North Kingstown only had 1,754 homes without electricity, per NGrid. The mistake, if you want to call it one, was the company did not have enough assets working in the Washington County area where the major damage took place. When you have Foster/Glocester coming back faster than all the towns in Washington County, there was a problem with distribution of assets.
bonnie smith November 01, 2012 at 02:50 AM
How very sad that Wickford Village, behind the police barracks, were part of the extended outage!! With their sewage conditions??? How despicable is that?!?
Politics Sheriff of NK November 01, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Many Foster area residences have well water. No power, no water. Wickford, and basically all of NK as far as I know, is on town water. I support getting well users online first.
Midlife Momma November 01, 2012 at 09:03 AM
Juniper Hill, right across from the police and fire stations, lost power for 7 days after Irene. They are on day 3 w/o power after Sandy... lessons should have been learned so that the same area does not have to endure the prolonged power outage again....please get these people some power!!!
Sharon Tetreault November 01, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Shore drive in NK, also without power since EARLY Afternoon on Monday. And yes there are streets with wells, We are one of them. Same as The last storm, still waiting.
martha machnik November 01, 2012 at 01:48 PM
If you are still without power, you are welcome to come into the Y for a shower and a phone charge.
Midlife Momma November 02, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Lights are on up on juniper hill!! Thanks !!!

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