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RI Leaders Gather to Assess Damage from Blizzard 2013

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by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis


So far, no major problems after Rhode Island continues to recover from the Blizzard of 2013. The snow is deep and drifting in many locations, and widespread power outages are the big problem now. State leaders gathered today at the Emergency Management Agency to assess the situation. The day after the worst of the blizzard, and things are looking better, but it's still a long road ahead.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee, (I-RI), said, "I have to thank Rhode Islanders for staying off the roads. That is really helping to get the roads cleared. And for those without power and want to get to a shelter, we're getting those roads cleared as quickly as possible so you can get to some place warm."

While the snowfall is pretty much done, the after effects mean packed snow and icy roads, especially on side streets. Then there are other problems.

Michael Lewis, director of the RI Dept. of Transportation, said, "There is still wind. We'll have drifting, and it could be dangerous through today and tonight".

Col. Steve O'Donnell, Commander of the Rhode Island State Police said, "Still stay of the roads. Highway ramps are still treacherous and if one car brakes down, everything will back up including DOT trucks."

The roads aside, the biggest issue going forward is getting power restored to tens of thousands of people who are still in the dark, and in many cases are feeling the cold.

Gen. Kevin McBride, the leader of the RI National Guard said, "I think patience is the big thing right now. We are partnered with National Grid. We're partnered with them. We're in the communities trying to do everything we can to get that power back as quickly as possible, and provide every support element we can, both to the local communities, National Grid and the local police."

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "Even with the worst of the storm over, officials worry about people getting a false sense of security. Often times the clean up and the aftermath can be just as dangerous as the storm itself. In Cranston, Mark Curtis, ABC6 News."



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