Restoring Rhode Island's power

1:56 PM, Oct 31, 2012   |    comments
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WARWICK, Rhode Island (WJAR) - Line crews from National Grid crews hit the roads Tuesday to begin restoring power that was knocked out by Hurricane Sandy to thousands of homes and business in Rhode Island.

"We got roughly 21,000 customers back Monday night. We've got about 115,000 out, but those numbers are dropping as we speak," said Tim Horan, president of National Grid for the Rhode Island region.

Trees snapped halfway up or rested on roofs. 

Power lines were sprawled out across roads. 

Westerly and the South Coast took the brunt of Sandy.

"Very hard, and it seems like some sections got hit harder than others. This section we're standing in here, there has to be 80 to 90 trees down," Westerly resident Frederick Degrooth said.

Getting around Westerly isn't easy, especially in Watch Hill. 

The National Guard and town trucks blocked off roads.

"Got dark pretty quick. So, then we went out, got the candles lit, everything done like that. Went over to check on my grandparents. They had a bunch of trees down in their yard, too. No power," Westerly resident Michael O'Connell said.

National Grid said 450 line workers were out on the roads and that more than 300 tree crews are helping turn the lights back on.

"We're looking to get as many folks back as we can. We ask people to be patient but we do have the forces out there. We are working around the clock to get people back in power," Horan said.

Dozens of utility workers from out-of-state and Canada were brought in.

Transformers, telephone poles and supplies were stockpiled at the Warwick campus of the Community College of Rhode Island.


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