Wind gust tears off portion of Rumford post office roof in East Providence

The roof of the Rumford U.S. Post Office is damaged by winds from Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 29. The roof of the Rumford U.S. Post Office is damaged by winds from Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 29.

The roof of the Rumford U.S. Post Office is damaged by winds from Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 29.

EAST PROVIDENCE  — A wind gust from the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy in the area late afternoon, Oct. 29, tore off a portion of the U.S. Post Office location in the Rumford section of the city.

It appeared as though parts of the roof were completely blown off from the near-constant pounding of wind and rain for the better part of Monday afternoon.

Winds in the area were their most intense from about 3 to 5 p.m. when the roof actually gave way. Forecasters said the gusts reached nearly 60 miles per hour and were consistently blowing around 40 for much of that time.

A large Post Office box truck was parked in front of the building, likely to retrieve important parcels and other documents. Post Office officials were reviewing the scene.

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