East Providence EMA issues update on Hurricane Sandy


EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence Emergency Management Agency, in a press release Monday afternoon, Oct. 29, issued an update on city services and responses during the Hurricane Sandy severe weather event.

The City of East Providence is working with State partners on the response to 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. The Monday evening high tide 8:36 p.m. will be the highest, with that tide expected to run 6 feet higher the normal high tide. The Tuesday morning high tide at around 9:00 am 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 is operating a shelter at the Primrose Hill School in Barrington. This is located at 60 Middle Highway. This is the evacuation option of first choice. The City will operate a short-term local shelter at the East Providence Senior Center, which will be available after 3 p.m.
  • Sand bags and sand remain 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.
  • Trash Collection: Due to pending severe weather conditions from Hurricane Sandy, the Department of Public Works has decided that beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 30, all regular rubbish, recycling and yard waste collections will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week.  Regular Tuesday collections will be on Wednesday, Wednesday will be collected on Thursday, Thursday collection will be Friday & regular Friday collection will be Saturday.  Residents are asked to have all containers at the curb prior to 6:00am day of the collection. For further information please contact the Public Works/Recycling Office at 435.7701or 435.7710 or the City’s Public Works Web page for updated information,  www.eastprovidenceri.net/content/666/738/754/default.aspx
  • Information for the City is very frequently updated on the City’s website, www.eastprovidenceri.net.



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