High tide comes and goes during Hurricane Sandy in East Providence

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EAST PROVIDENCE — Though not feeling the same severe effects of Hurricane Sandy as other coastal areas around the area and state, East Providence did deal with some significant water-level increases as the nightly high tide rolled in just after 8 o'clock Monday evening, Oct. 29.

East Providence Police blocked off the lowest lying area of Memorial Parkway, which meanders around the eastern edge of Narragansett Bay.

The EPPD also blocked off access to another vulnerable area of the city, Sabin's Point in Riverside, though that didn't stop several hearty and adventurous souls from wanting to get a glimpse of the bay from the water's edge. An officer stationed at the entrance of the Sabin's Point Park went so far as to threatened passers-by with tickets if they entered the area after its posted closing time of 7 p.m.

Further down the coastline at Riverside's Narragansett Terrace, police patrolled the area, which appeared to be relatively free of problems. It looked as though most residents stayed in their homes despite suggestions from local officials to evacuate the area.

With at least one more blast of high winds in the forecast for the overnight hours, the city's main streets fortunately remained relatively free of much debris. Traffic was down significantly. About every fourth or fifth vehicle spotted was either a fire, police or city official out observing and keeping track of conditions.

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