The Rhode Island coastline was hardest hit with high winds and power outages. That’s why Gov. Gina Raimondo decided to check-in with the town managers of South Kingstown and Narragansett, as Rhode Island Public Radio’s Ambar Espinoza reports.
Gov. Gina Raimondo met with South Kingstown town manager Stephen Alfred and Narragansett town manager Pamela Nolan at a bagel shop in Wakefield. First, she wanted to know how they and their families held up in the storm. And then she got down to business, asking what worked, what didn’t work, and what could be better next time.
“We worked very hard—the governor’s office—to communicate with all the town administrators and they told us today that that was extremely important. It was better than in past storms and they encouraged me to do that again, maybe do it even more.”
The town managers reported back the travel ban was extremely helpful to get the roads plowed safely. They were also pleased National Grid trimmed trees in advance of the storm.
Governor Will Seek Federal Aid
Raimondo said she plans to apply for federal aid by the end of this week to help pay for the cost of this week’s storm.
“In order to do that effectively, you have to account for all the resources that you used,” she said. “In fact, that’s what we’re doing today, tomorrow, putting it all together.”
Raimondo said the entire Rhode Island delegation has agreed to help her secure federal funding. She said she can’t promise they’ll be successful, but they’re trying. Raimondo expects to know the total cost of the storm soon.
Governor: Take Care Of Yourself
The governor asked the town managers to encourage their residents to be careful as they dig themselves out of the snow. Two people in Providence and East Providence died shoveling snow this week, Raimondo informed them. She said they weren’t healthy enough to shovel. Raimondo said her heart goes out to their families.
“Rhode Islanders, don’t shovel if you’re not up to it,” said Raimondo. “No one should get hurt, or God forbid, die from shoveling.”
The governor is encouraging people to call the Red Cross or the nonprofit Serve Rhode Island. She said they’ll send volunteers to help shovel.
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