Tag Archives | Storms

Repost: Seeking a solution (to flooding and beach closures)

After the 2010 floods, I wrote about the public desire for some sort of solution to prevent future flooding. Spoiler, we can’t prevent future floods, but we can change what we’re doing to mitigate the impact of flooding.

We haven’t had a giant flood since, but related to the flooding problem is stormwater runoff polluting the bay. Bob Plain writes today on RIFuture about how Warwick has been heavily impacted by beach closures related to pollution caused by runoff.

Also today, Save The Bay is holding a press conference about the high number of beach closings this year. The AP’s Erika Niedowski tweets from the press conference:

That is to say, I believe, that the Providence Combined Sewer Overflow Project is working, but our paved and other impervious surfaces are still causing us harm.

In 2010 it was massive flooding which was supposed to be our wake-up call about the damage our built environment was doing to us. We did not learn many lessons it would seem from those floods, as a year later a smiling Cranston Mayor Fung celebrated the opening of a new Stop & Shop on the banks of the Pawtuxet.

Will we learn any lessons from our 2013 beach closures wake-up call?


News & Notes

The Atlantic Cities: Why Mayors Should Run the Department of Transportation

The transportation issues of the 21st century will be less about building new highways and more about building new transit, about offering more multi-modal options to bike and walk. Transportation policy going forward won’t just be about moving people as far and as fast as possible, but about leveraging transportation in service of economic opportunity and livable communities.

So here is one modest thought about who understands all of this as Obama searches for LaHood’s successor: mayors. There have been three former mayors at the helm of the DOT in the department’s 46-year history, most recently former San Jose Mayor Norman Mineta. As the agency further modernizes its mission, who better to take us there than someone who comes from a city?

I’m not sure I could even understand a world where L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was not our next Transportation Secretary.

The New York Times: America’s Mid-20th-Century Infrastructure

Europeans visiting the Northeastern United States – and many parts of the East Coast — can show their children what Europe’s infrastructure looked like during the 1960s.

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Strong storms overnight in Providence area

Tree down on top of bus stop at Dominica Manor on Federal Hill
Tree down on top of bus stop at Dominica Manor on Federal Hill. Photo by Jim Beller

Radar image during the overnight storm

Radar image during the overnight storm

Hands up, who was in their basement at 2:30 this morning?

Heaven’s to Betsy that was scary. I was up closing the windows because of the rain and all of a sudden I thought I was Dorothy on my way to Oz. I’m told it was straightline winds that caused us all to wake up in the middle of the night and panic, but looking out my window on Federal Hill, it sure looked like some of the video from Springfield last week.

I haven’t heard of any injuries, but we did have some damage last week. Send your photos of storm damage, or your cats panicing last night or what have you to us at, or share them in our Flickr Group.

Be careful this morning of dammafe around the city, downed trees and wires etc. Another hot one today and more strong storms possible tonight.

We’re still under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning and an Air Quailty Alert.

The city has a press release about last night’s storm:

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