Clean-up continues in Barrington, 5,500 customers without power
A warming center at Primrose Hill School remained open Sunday morning as the clean-up from Nor'easter Nemo continued in Barrington.
About two dozen people were utilizing the facility as of 10 a.m., down from a high of 52 overnight. Those taking advantage of the center came from across town including a number of individuals from a County Road group home.
The town first offered the public safety complex as a warming center before opening up Primrose Hill School Saturday afternoon as the entire town suffered without electricity.
Students from St. Andrew's School still made use of the public safety complex, however, traveling across Federal Road to charge their cell phones.
Town Manager Peter DeAngelis wasn't sure how much longer the warming center would be open. He said power was still "spotty" around town.
About 5,500 of National Grid's total 6,800 Barrington customers were without power as of 10:30 a.m. Sunday. National Grid's website provided of an estimate of 11:45 p.m. on Monday for restoration.
Mr. DeAngelis urged residents to keep off local roads even on Sunday, more than a day after snow had stopped falling. He said plows still have to work to, especially with a forecast of rain heading this way on Monday.
Mr. DeAngelis also praised DPW and public safety officials for their work battling the storm.
Fire Chief Gerald Bessette said he wished more people had heeded a warning the stay home during the storm. The chief said a combination of vehicles and pedestrians made it difficult for fire apparatus to get around town.
In one instance, Chief Bessette said, traffic parked near Rhode Island Country Club for sledding prevented firefighters from getting to a report of smoke within a structure on Washington Road. The incident ended up being OK, but the chief said firefighters didn't know that as they attempted to answer the call.
"I wish they'd of stayed home," Chief Bessette said.
Residents, meanwhile, continued to dig out from the storm. Middle Highway neighbors John Sexton and Mike Resonina were on their third round of shoveling, finishing up what had been knocked over by the plows.
Both were still without power or heat. They said the temperature inside was hovering in the 50s though both had gas stoves and gas fireplaces that made the living room a popular place.
"It's nice to have smaller rooms," Mr. Resonina said.
Both men were in good spirits as they cleaned up, even Mr. Sexton as he lifted miniature boulders of frozen snow.
"I love the winter," he said.
"That's why we live in New England."