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Atwells Avenue, midday Sunday, February 10, 2013.

Latest updates we have on storm recovery, please share any updates you have in the comments:

First, this from RIEMA, ugh!

With temperatures well below freezing tonight, snow and ice that melted today is refreezing on sidewalks and roadways, use extreme caution on roads and sidewalks overnight and during the morning commute.

City of Providence

Also, Providence Snow Hotline: 680-8080
Further updates from the City:

PROVIDENCE CONDUCTING CITYWIDE INVENTORY OF STREETS TO COMPLETE NEMO CLEANUP PROVIDENCE PUBLIC SCHOOLS CLOSED TOMORROW, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence officials are conducting a block-by-block inventory of every street in the City to determine which secondary roads remain impassable and deploy resources as needed in the wake of Winter Storm Nemo.

More than 90 percent of Providence’s more than 1,800 roads have been plowed. Less than 200 secondary roads still have not been plowed or need further clearing. In many cases, these are dead ends and narrow side streets with a car that remained parked on the street after the parking ban went into effect.

Because of the great amount of snow, clearing side streets has required the deployment of the city’s full inventory of front loaders and other large equipment; plows have not been sufficient to clear narrow residential roads.

The City is also contracting with private vendors that have large equipment. Privately contracted front loaders available to Providence have been limited by the high demand for such equipment across the state.

PROVIDENCE SCHOOLS CANCELED TOMORROW

Providence Public Schools will remain closed tomorrow, Monday, February 11 to allow for continued Nemo cleanup. District offices will remain open and all 12-month employees should report for work.

POWER OUTAGES

National Grid reports that the number of households without power in Providence has been reduced to 200 from more than 9,000 yesterday.

PARKING BAN

A citywide parking ban remains in effect. Vehicles parked on the street will impede plows and emergency vehicles, delaying snow cleanup and posing a public safety risk. Vehicles in violation of the parking ban may be towed.

SNOW ON ROOFTOPS POSES SAFETY RISK

With freezing rain forecast for tomorrow, residents are asked to closely monitor snow accumulation on business and residential buildings. Heavy snow can add stress to structures. Flat, commercial roofs are most vulnerable to stress, but slanted structures may also be susceptible. Residents should take reasonable precautions to monitor their homes and businesses and safely remove snow from roofs as necessary.

TRASH COLLECTION DELAYED

There will be no trash or recycling pickup on Monday in the City of Providence due to Winter Storm Nemo. Residents whose usual garbage collection day is Monday will have their trash and recycling picked up on Tuesday. All trash and recycling pickups for the rest of the week will also be one day later.

If possible, residents are asked to leave trash and recycling bins at the end of their driveways for collection. Trash and recycling cans should not be left in roadways.

OTHER CLOSURES IN THE CITY

The Roger Williams Park Zoo, Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, Botanical Center and Bank of America Skating Center will be closed tomorrow.

Schools

Update: No school in Providence tomorrow.

The City has not yet made a final decision on delays or cancellations.

Trash/Recycling

Garbage and Recycling Pickup Delayed One Day in Providence Due to Winter Storm – Residents should leave trash and recycling bins at the end of their driveways

PROVIDENCE, RI – There will be no trash or recycling pickup on Monday in the City of Providence due to Winter Storm Nemo. Residents whose usual garbage collection day is Monday will have their trash and recycling picked up on Tuesday. All trash and recycling pickups for the rest of the week will also be one day later:

  • Monday pickup will be on Tuesday
  • Tuesday pickup will be on Wednesday
  • Wednesday pickup will be on Thursday
  • Thursday pickup will be on Friday
  • Friday pickup will be on Saturday

If possible, residents are asked to leave trash and recycling bins at the end of their driveways for collection. Trash and recycling cans should not be left in roadways.


City of Pawtucket

Latest from Pawtucket’s Facebook page:


SUNDAY, FEB. 10, 2013 PAWTUCKET STORM UPDATE:

Schools to be closed Monday, Feb. 11 • Citywide parking ban will be lifted as of 8 a.m., Monday, Feb. 11 • Trash & recycling pickup postponed one day (resume Tuesday, 2/12 through Sat., 2/16) • Most side streets should be passable by 6 p.m. Sunday

PAWTUCKET – Pursuant to a conference call today between Mayor Donald R. Grebien and city emergency and public safety officials with School Supt. Deborah Cylke, the superintendent said she will issue a school closing notice for Monday, Feb. 11 and review Monday whether any further closing may be needed.

Mayor Grebien announced that the citywide parking ban will be lifted as of 8 a.m. Monday but asked that residents use good judgment and common sense when it comes to parking cars on streets that have been narrowed by the massive pileup of snow from the blizzard.

“Our crews have been going around the clock since before the start of this huge storm and done an outstanding job in extremely trying conditions,” Grebien said. “We realize the cleanup has not been as fast as everyone would like but we will continue making headway until the job is done. This is a storm of historic proportions, and we ask for the public’s continued patience as we continue the cleanup.”

Grebien said the city has methodically followed its plan to focus first on main roads, the Hospital area and major hills, and areas with power outages. As of early Sunday afternoon, only 84 National Grid customers in Pawtucket remained without power, according to the utility.

Grebien noted several breakdowns of city equipment and contractor vehicles had slowed the cleanup effort but the release by Governor Chafee of equipment that was dedicated to the state’s road-clearing efforts has provided a needed boost to the city cleanup fleet.

Public Works Director Lance Hill said trash and recycling pickup will be postponed one day, with normal Monday pickup on Tuesday and a similar one-day delay throughout the week, with normal Friday pickup on Saturday. Hill said two-thirds of city streets are now in passable condition and virtually every street should become passable by approximately 6 p.m. Sunday.

Hill said crews will again be working overnight and throughout Monday and beyond, as necessary. He noted the city had brought on several commercial front-end loaders from private companies to help move the huge piles of snow. Loaders will also be dispatched to work on school and city parking lots on Monday.

Fire Chief William Sisson asked that the public assist his department by clearing snow, where possible, around their nearby fire hydrants in case of emergency.

Any Pawtucket resident needing assistance should call the Police Department at 401-727-9100 or the Department of Public Works at401-728-0500, ext. 284. For emergencies, call 911.


Other Schools

Cranston, New Bedford, Attelboro… closed Monday • Full list at WPRI.


Power

  • National Grid Power Outage Map. Report outages in Rhode Island to 800-465-1212.
  • Nstar Outage Map. – Report outages 800-592-2000.

Transportation

Update: RIPTA service will resume tomorrow. However, they have at least 20 route which will be detoured. Details here, expect delays on all routes. Plan ahead for extra travel time.

Shops/Restaurants

We started a crowded-sourced what’s open list on Facebook. Check it out and add your own updates.

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