Rhode Island cleans up after Isaias

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — Rhode Islanders were busy Wednesday morning assessing the damage left behind from Tropical Storm Isaias and cleaning up.

Lots of downed trees remain on streets and sidewalks across the state, as forestry crews have been ties up with other calls.

“Last night we were up until midnight taking trees off of houses,” said Mike Mongeon, owner of North Smithfield Tree Services.

When ABC6 caught up with Mongeon, he was in Woonsocket helping take a tree off a man’s pick-up truck.

“That’s my baby, I don’t want to lose that,” said Charles Ramsay, the truck’s owner.

Ramsay tells us the tree in his backyard snapped around 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, landing on top of his Toyota Tacoma and knocking the gutter off his garage.

“I heard a big boom come down and my wife said, ‘you better go look in the back yard,’” explained Ramsay. “I came out and said, ‘oh no!’”

Forestry crews say it’ll be a busy few weeks ahead and estimate it could take up to a month to clear all the debris.

Mongeon says even after the initial debris is cleared, there’s still work to do.

“Not only is it the damage you see on the ground,” Mongeon explained. “But there are lots of tops of these trees that are broken and still hanging in the trees that need to come down safely.”

Meanwhile National Grid says they have over 200 forestry and line crews working across the state to restore power.

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