Warwick residents among the thousands cleaning up after powerful coastal storm

The storm knocked down power lines, branches, and even entire trees.

By: Tim Studebaker

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WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) –Like so many southern New Englanders, Warwick residents are cleaning up Wednesday after winds from a powerful coastal storm knocked down trees, branches, and power lines.  Mark Brugeman lives in the area, and he says he’s glad it wasn’t worse for him when huge tree branches came crashing down just outside his home.

Brugeman says, “I think the limbs came down probably about 4am.  Big cracks.  They landed, and obviously they hit the street, so as they hit the street it was enough to rock the house.”

Just around the corner, it was much worse for one homeowner who understandably didn’t want to speak with us on camera.  The damage was pretty clear: an entire tree resting on the home’s roof.

Adam Robitaille works for Alliance Restoration and says they’re very busy right now, responding to calls from homeowners.

Robitaille says, “I’d say it’s always a headache at first, but we’ve been doing it for a long time so we kind of put them at ease, kind of hold their hand through it and deal with the insurance company so they don’t have to.”

Stacy Capone lives in the neighborhood and was shocked when she saw the damage just a few houses down.  She lost power around 4am, but says thankfully it came back on about an hour and a half later.  She says it’s been much worse in the past.

Capone says, “For some reason, I don’t know if Chapmans Ave has like this black belt of storms, but we lose a lot of trees and we’ve had microbursts just taking trees down.  Crazy storms here.”

The restoration company estimates it can take 2 to 3 weeks to recover after a tree comes down on someone’s home.

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