EAST PROVIDENCE — Twenty-four hours after one of the biggest single winter storms in recent history struck, the East Providence Police Department notes normalcy is returning to the streets and neighborhoods of the city.
Major Christopher Parella confirmed power has been restored to much of East Providence, which saw as many as 17,000 of its 22,000 paying customers without electricity through the bulk of Friday night and into Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9.
Major Parella said a number of traffic signals were out for much of Saturday and did present police officers with some challenges, but “nothing exceptional.”
“There were some back-ups this evening because of the signals out,” Major Parella added.
As the storm ended at about noon Saturday, traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian, increased, which did hamper efforts by the Public Works Department to clear streets, but all procedures have been going reasonably well, according to the major.
Most residents adhered to instructions issued by state officials, urging them to refrain from driving through most of the day. A ban on driving was lifted at 4 p.m. Saturday.
“There were very few accidents, believe it or not, for the circumstances,” Major Parella said. “All in all, things went pretty well.”
The EPPD did experience some vehicle breakdowns, the major continued, but officers were able to work around all of those issues.
“The credit goes to the front-line officers, detectives, sergeants and lieutenants and out dispatchers for their outstanding work and diligence during the whole storm,” Major Parella added.