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Nearly 5,000 North Kingstown Homes to Receive Evacuation Notice

Town Manager Michael Embury has issued an evacuation notice for parts of North Kingstown.

Town Manager Michael Embury has issued evacuation orders for all low-lying properties east of Route 1 in North Kingstown, all the way down to Route 138. An evacuation order is also being issued for all properties located downstream from dams in town. A broadcast will go out through the CodeRed system Saturday afternoon notifying residents of the order.

The notice is not mandatory and will impact upwards of 5,000 North Kingstown homes.

"We're being very precautionary," said North Kingstown EMA Director David Murray. "We can't pick and choose every houe with this notification. Some people need to use common sense."

The announcement follows this afternoon's state of emergency declaration by Governor Lincoln Chafee. Projections of the storm have it tracking in a more northeasterly direction that anticipated. According to reports from the Rhode Island EMA, we will sit Category 1 (possibly Category 2) winds here in Rhode Island with five to 10 inches of rain.

Forecasters are predicting a four- to seven-foot storm surge on the coast and up to 10 feet in the upper bay, exacerbated by the moon tide we'll be seeing this weekend.

"It's been a long time since we've been hit with anything of this magnitude," said Murray. "In the past we've had storms that fly past us and we kind of chuckle it off. I don't think we want to chuckle this one off."

, the town's Red Cross shelter, will open at 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Though the forecast for the area has grown worse over the past few hours, Embury says North Kingstown is still ready for Irene.

"We're concerned for the fact that we know there are a lot of bad things that can happen," said Embury. "But we're preparted for it. Everyone has the drill down. Everyone understands what their responsibilities are. We're ready."

Jen Fitzgerald August 26, 2011 at 10:12 PM
a map of the area showing the areas you described would be helpful.
jeff August 26, 2011 at 10:34 PM
Don't know if this is it, but looks like it: http://www.riema.ri.gov/preparedness/evacuation/Hevac_NKingstown.pdf
Samantha Turner (Editor) August 26, 2011 at 10:39 PM
Hey Jen, There's no map of the evacuation areas at this time. I can tell you that everyone in those areas will receive a call tomorrow via the CodeRed system. Basically anyone east of Route 1 (from the top of the town line down to Route 138) will receive notification. (I'm not sure about the properties near the dams, however.) As the article says, the evacuations are not mandatory but recommended. If you're in an area prone to flooding or live in a low-lying area, use your better judgment. Stay safe!
Samantha Turner (Editor) August 26, 2011 at 10:42 PM
The map Jeff has in the comment below gives you an idea of the area of the evacuation notifications. The same map's also available for viewing on the 'Cane Blog on the NK Patch homepage.
NKGOP Watch August 27, 2011 at 04:50 AM
Mandatory was explained on the radio as a strong suggestion, not in fact "mandatory". One official said that no one would be arrested (and apparently couldnt). However Dave Murray has it right "you've got to use common sense". If the water rises around you for example, with possibly live lines down electrifying the water, what are you gonna do? And there are a hundred other things that can happen to make you wish you left that low-lying area for the day!
Leigh Anne Boyd August 27, 2011 at 12:17 PM
What do I do about the parking ban if I plan to evacuate on Sunday? I don't have a driveway to park in on Saturday? Any specific news about the parking ban?
JR August 27, 2011 at 01:33 PM
Does anyone know where there is a pet-friendly evacuation shelter in N.K?
Samantha Turner (Editor) August 27, 2011 at 01:53 PM
Unfortunately, WMS is not a pet-friendly shelter. Boss Arena (URI) has a shelter site for animals, however.
Ginny August 27, 2011 at 03:03 PM
Where can North Kingstown residents get sand bags..does the town supply them?
Ginny August 27, 2011 at 03:11 PM
Sister just got call to evacuate...lives Pine River Drive area ...is this because of Allen's Harbor?
Samantha Turner (Editor) August 27, 2011 at 03:22 PM
Everyone east of Route 1 (yes, all of Route 1) is getting an evacuation notice. It's not mandatory, but if your area is prone to flooding then you should use your better judgment.
Ginny August 27, 2011 at 03:42 PM
Town is giving away 15 sand bags per residence.
Samantha Turner (Editor) August 27, 2011 at 03:43 PM
Per the town manager: empty bags are available at the Department of Public Works. You have to fill them up on your own.
DaffodillGirl August 27, 2011 at 04:06 PM
Got a call to evacuate, we are on Potowomut Pond, down behind the Breakfast Nook and our dam has not been repaired since the last flooding, so hence the call!
DC August 27, 2011 at 05:05 PM
Actually evacuation is east of Route 1 in the north section of town and east of 1A in the south according to the town website: "A MANDATORY EVACUATION order is in effect for NORTH KINGSTOWN for low lying properties, to be completed by 10:00AM o SOUTH END – those properties east of Route1A o NORTH END – those coastal neighborhoods east of Route 1 "
trudy1 August 27, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Jean, I don't think so. If you can afford it, try for a hotel room. There are some pet friendly hotels nearby, like the Marriott TownePlace one that is new in Quonset. I would never leave my pet in one of the big emergency shelters, the possibility of the animal getting lost scares me witness.
Midlife Momma August 27, 2011 at 07:58 PM
Our call mentioned East of 1A being evacuated in the southern end of town.. I am assuming that this means from Wickford Village south on 1A-- those to the East of that....bottom line is everyone who stays in their home should expect to be there without power for a while and maybe not being able to get out for a day or so......
trudy1 August 29, 2011 at 12:24 PM
The town was very slow in opening the gate across the access road from Camp Av. to Circuit Drive. This is the only emergency exit from several communities if Camp Av. gets blocked by a tree of car accident, as has happened in the past. It should be opened at least a day before the projected storm arrival or even earlier. It would be open all the time if Quonset hadn't sold that long used, semi-public road to BelAir. The Naval Air Station kept it open except the day of the air show every year. Now I am sure its closure hurts the retail businesses in Quonset because you have to go all around Robin Hood's barn to get to them instead of going straight through.
Samantha Turner (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Folks, Please read the articles before jumping to conclusions. I have received a few emails from folks regarding this article, believing that they needed to be evacuated. Please note this article is from 2011 during Hurricane Irene. Thanks!

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