More than 3,500 Tiverton and Little Compton households and businesses still without power should have electricity by the end of Monday, according to the latest news from National Grid.
National Grid is increasing its crews of line workers and tree crews in Rhode Island in a continuing effort toward full restoration of electric service to the 187,000 customers who lost power during Nemo Blizzard. At the height of the storm, more than 209,000 customers in total across Massachusetts and Rhode Island lost power.
According to a National Grid news release, as of 4 p.m. on Sunday the company had restored service to 167,000 of those customers. Little Compton, however, is one of the most heavily affected areas and 2,102 customers - 82 percent of the town - remain in the dark. In Tiverton, 1,424 customers - 17 percent - are still without power on Sunday night. Follow National Grid's power restoration efforts here.
"We do expect to have all customers restored by end of tomorrow, however customers will be restored during the time in between," said David Graves, a National Grid spokesperson. "Transmission lines went out of service and there is widespread tree damage and widespread wires down that need to be restored before we restore service."
The overwhelming majority of customers will, however, have their power restored by late Sunday night. Those customers in the most heavily damaged areas or locations where heavy snowfall and downed trees and power wires are slowing recovery will have their service turned back on during the day on Monday. The company is targeting late Monday night to have power restored to everyone.
“We deeply appreciate the tremendous patience and support shown by our Rhode Island customers,” said Timothy F. Horan, president of National Grid in Rhode Island. “During the day on Sunday and continuing into Monday we will have 400 line and tree crews in the state working to complete the restoration process.”
Because of continuing snowfall and the number of streets that were impassable, National Grid could not begin its full restoration effort until 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Do you have power where you live? When was your neighborhood's electricity restored? Tell us in the comment section below.