Post offices remain closed, some still don't have power in East Providence

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EAST PROVIDENCE — The Rumford and Riverside United States Post Office branches remain closed and a handful of residents in the city are still without power some four days after Hurricane Sandy blew through East Providence.

Though the city suffered little damage in comparison to its neighbors in the East Bay and especially in the southern section of the state, a couple of notable exceptions took place locally.

Severe gusts tore off a portion of the flat, tar paper roof of the Rumford Post Office building late Monday afternoon, Oct. 29. It has been closed ever since.

The Riverside office suffered no structural damage, but according to East Providence Emergency Management Agency Deputy Wayne Barnes, a power surge caused a failure to its electrical system.

Mr. Barnes said Friday, Nov. 2, USPS officials believe both facilities are close to being repaired and could reopen within the next few days.

Of more importance to a few residents of the city, National Grid, Mr. Barnes added, is also close to restoring power to six customers who have been without it since Sandy came through Monday.

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