Residents react to damage from Henri in harder-hit towns; Westerly, Hopkinton
The eye of the Henri passed through Westerly on Sunday around noon.
HOPKINTON, R.I. (WLNE)- Many residents today in Rhode Island waking up to no power, downed trees or electric lines, or a combination of all- after Henri swept through the Ocean State on Sunday.
The eye of the tropical storm hitting Westerly around noon surging water onto nearby roads causing significant flooding. Atlantic Ave- with Westerly Town Beach on it- seeing up to 2 feet of flooding on Sunday.
Overnight, the flooded roads reducing to larger puddles on the roads prompting the go-ahead for town officials to reopen the state beaches.
“We did pretty good. The storm wasn’t quite as bad as we were told. We’re just doing a little bit of cleanup and get the beach back open for people,” Frank Galley with Westerly DPW says.
One neighborhood in Hopkinton completely without power still, with no estimate of when it could come back on.
“We have a generator running, it’s running just our fridge because I was concerned about losing the food, I have breast milk inside which I would hate to lose. But the biggest issue is not having running water with the baby,” says Leah Reynolds with her one-year-old baby.