As Sandy nears, waters rise in Bristol

Water from the Kickemuit River rises toward homes on Everett Avenue during Monday morning’s high tide.

With the effects of Hurricane Sandy kicking up strong winds, properties in low lying areas of Bristol have received evacuation notices and the waters of the Kickemuit River are getting dangerously close to some homes in the area.

Shortly before 9 a.m., the emergency shelter at Franklin Court was empty, with volunteers there ready to provide relief to those who need a place away from the storm.

The full force of the storm is not expected to reach this area until late this afternoon and this evening.

Bristol town hall and schools are closed for the day, and the meeting of the Joint Finance Committee scheduled for this evening has been postponed.

Check back for updates as the storm progresses. If you have information or photos to share, please go to the Bristol Phoenix Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bristol-Phoenix/211142615588384 or reach us by e-mail: bristol@eastbaynewspapers.com

Sip n’ Dip remained closed on Monday morning, instead taking precaution in its high prone flood zone on Hope Street.

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  1. David E. Barboza said:

    Latest from conference call at 12:30 PM with RI State Emergency Management Agency.
    Through the National Weather Service they could not stress how serious a threat we are facing with Hurricane Sandy.
    The highest winds will be occurring between 2:00 PM and 10:00 PM this evening.
    Significant impact will be felt in coastal areas. An astronomical high tide in combination with strong winds occurring at 8:20 PM will result in a storm surge.
    People are advised to seek shelter if they are in flood prone areas, or if not, please stay indoors until the emergency declaration is lifted.
    In Bristol, for emergencies continue to call 911.
    For information or assistance with non-medical/fire issues please call the Emergency Operation Center at 253-6912,
    Stay safe.

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