Clean up underway following severe storm damage

RHODE ISLAND (WLNE) – Damage from Monday’s storm can be seen across Rhode Island.

Strong winds downed trees and power lines from Westerly all the way to Burrillville and beyond.

Thousands lost power. Crews are working around the clock to restore power as fast as they can.

“Police have been very busy chasing trees that have come down,” said Glen Biddiscombe, Director of Emergency Management in Burrillville.

Approximately 420 field personnel from National Grid have been deployed in Rhode Island to respond to emergency 911 calls, assess the damage, clear trees, and make repairs to electrical infrastructure.

“As these winds continue into this evening, it does make any restoration work difficult to begin,” said Ted Kresse, a spokesperson for National Grid.

As of 8:00 p.m. Monday, approximately 20,060 National Grid customers in Rhode Island were without power.

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