Governor Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza are getting generally high marks for their response to the blizzard earlier this week. The state continues to dig out from the major winter storm.
Brown University political science professor Wendy Schiller says the state got lucky, since the light, fluffy snow caused far fewer power outages than expected. But she also credits Governor Raimondo and Mayor Elorza with taking a lot of early precautions. “They communicated what they were doing, when they were doing it, and why they were doing it,” said Schiller. “I think getting people off the roads early, making sure people got home, nobody got stuck in a snowstorm, and we avoided a lot of fatalities or injuries on the road. I think that’s the number one concern.”
Schiller says elected officials will be evaluated now on how well they do in removing the remaining snow from streets in Providence and other communities.
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