The City of East Providence is working with State partners in preparation for the arrival of the effects of Hurricane Sandy. The City’s Emergency Operations Center will be operating starting early Monday morning for as long as necessary to coordinate activities to ensure the safety of our citizens during the storm. Residents are advised on the following items regarding Sandy:
- Wind speeds of 30-50 mph with gusts to as high as 70 mph are expected during the height of the storm on Monday afternoon and evening. Damage to trees and power lines is expected as are widespread power outages, which could in some cases last for several days to a week.
- Moderate to major coastal flooding is forecast for upper Narragansett Bay. A storm surge of up to 3.5 feet is expected at morning high tide a little after 8 a.m. The Monday evening high tide 8:36 p.m. will be the highest, with that tide expected to run 6 to 7 feet higher than normal.
- The Tuesday morning high tide at around 9 a.m. will be up to 3 feet higher than normal. It is expected that some homes that are low to tidewater will be flooded, particularly during the evening high tide, and that some evacuations may be necessary.
- There is also concern for some erosion of the bluff along the west shoreline of Riverside. This is forecast to be the worst episode of coastal flooding for East Providence since at least Hurricane Bob in 1991.
- Rain will be heavy at times with localized street flooding, but notable flooding of rivers and streams is not expected at this time.
- The American Red Cross will operate a shelter at the Primrose Hill School in Barrington. This is located at 60 Middle Highway. The shelter was scheduled to be opened at 7 p.m. Sunday evening.
- The City will also operate a local shelter at East Providence High School, which will be available starting Monday at 7 a.m.
- Sand bags and sand are available at the Central Garage at 60 Commercial Way. This is a self-service facility.
- Residents are notified to use 911 as the primary number for all emergencies.
- East Providence Schools are closed on Monday.
- The usual Monday trash pick-up in Rumford will take place, earlier than usual to allow residents to retrieve their containers as early as possible in the day.
Information for the City is very frequently updated on the City’s website, www.eastprovidenceri.net.