Tuesday, August 28, 2012
A visual look back on Hurricane Irene.
There is little trace today of the hurricane that ravaged Rhode Island's coastline, uprooted trees, flooded neighborhoods and darkened the homes of hundreds of thousands across the state just year ago. On the anniversary of the day Hurricane Irene tore throught the Ocean State, Tiverton and Little Compton residents can look back on the experiences of the storm that cut power lines and damaged properties and face a new hurricane season with a little more experience and a little more preparedness. Although Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm before reaching Rhode Island soils, she swept through with enough fury to topple trees throughout Tiverton and Little Compton, jump the break walls at Sakonnet Point and keep hundreds of local homes…
Thursday, May 24, 2012
The Little Compton public beach looks completely back to normal following Hurricane Irene.
It's been several months since Hurricane Irene damaged Little Compton's South Shore Beach, and after some much needed repairs, the beautiful stretch of coastline is ready for Memorial Day weekend. According to Patrick Griffin of the Beach Commission, the parking lot, which was completely altered by the storm, has been smoothed and graded. On Wednesday, he said the ticket shack and equipment vans are in place and the port-a-jons and dumpster will be in by week's end. Griffin added that a small crew will be working Thursday going through equipment and setting up guard stands and signage. The town received $48,500 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to repair the beach, and the town used approximately $21,000 from the beach …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The Little Compton Beach Commission is using money from its Parking Lot Repair Fund to cover the remaining costs to fix South Shore Beach for opening day. FEMA covered most of the costs.
The chairman of the Little Compton Beach Commission said last week the damage to South Shore Beach from Hurricane Irene was "a bit worse" than the usual churned sand that calls for spring repairs, but they will get it done. Contractors have been out there for the last few weeks moving sand and cobble stones back into place, and large boulders that narrowed the parking area are being moved back onto the beach. Pat Griffin said the town received $48,500 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to repair the beach, and the town used approximately $21,000 from the beach parking lot repair fund to cover the remaining costs. He noted it's his understanding Little Compton had the only eligible beach in the state for FEMA funds because …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
We want to know what businesses you want to see in our area.
While some businesses in Tiverton and Little Compton have been around for "as long as you can remember," many have closed their doors due to poor economic times or simply moved to a new location. But we want to know what businesses you think would thrive in our area and what empty storefront would provide the perfect location. The property at 67 West Main Road, Little Compton, formerly housed the Country Harvest Restaurant. It's comprised of five lots. On Wednesday, owner Paul Borges said he closed it down right after The Station nightclub fire in 2003 due to the sprinkler system. In 2007, he said he tried to make it into senior community housing through Newport's Church Community House Corporation. Borges said there is a need for …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Farmers will receive funds for damages from last summer's hurricane.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
The following press release was issued from the offices of Sen. Jack Reed (D) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D). In an effort to help repair and restore infrastructure damaged by the historic floods of 2010 and Hurricane Irene, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse today announced the federal government is releasing $6.45 million in federal funds for the Rhode Island Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP). NRCS will receive $6 million for 3 sites that were severely damaged by the 2010 floods and $450,000 for two sites damaged by Hurricane Irene. Reed and Whitehouse helped include the funding in the Senate Fiscal Year 2012 Agriculture Appropriations bill. The senators have …
Friday, December 2, 2011
A National Grid leader says the company will be more active in trimming trees around electrical wires, if towns give them permission.
After a litany of speakers criticized National Grid's preparation for Tropical Storm Irene and the Halloween weekend storm Thursday night, the president of National Grid Massachusetts said her company would get more aggressive at trimming trees, if towns let them. National Grid Massachusetts President Marcy Reed said to the audience during a public hearing: "Last year new legislation passed, which allows us to present an annual tree-trimming plan to a town or city's tree warden. If the tree warden approves the plan, we can then go into the town and do our work without the need to attend weekly meetings and talk about particular areas of concern." How do you feel? Should National Grid get more aggressive at cutting back trees located near …
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
The work and bidding process to repair the damage at South Shore Beach is being handled by the Beach Commission.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved funding reimbursement for Little Compton's time spent operating during Hurricane Irene in August. The town is eligible for at least 75 percent reimbursement for certain categorized expenses. Business Manager Thomas Dunn reported Tuesday that FEMA approved approximately $13,000 in Class A funds, which includes all the debris clean-up on the roads. He added that FEMA approved approximately $11,000 in Class B funds, which goes toward the labor and overtime of the town's public safety employees. Dunn said the town received the funds. Irene devoured South Shore Beach, which is the largest task remaining for the town. Large boulders washed ashore, scattered debris and created a large trench…
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Cox Communications customers could be entitled to a refund from outages caused by Irene.
Did you lose internet service and cable during tropical storm Irene? Did your phone lines cut out during the storm? If you are a Cox Communications customer, you may be entitled to a refund for service outages from the storm. According to Amy Quinn of Cox Communications, the company will supply reimbursements for customers whose internet, cable and/or phones were down as a result of tropical storm Irene. "We will credit their account based on the number of days they were out," she said. Bristol resident Cynthia Osmanski is one of thousands of customers who lost internet and cable during the storm, so after a friend told her to call her provider, she discovered she could get credited for the lost service. "They were very nice and gave me no…
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The Tiverton Land Trust provides another update on the status of hiking trails following Tropical Storm Irene.
The Ridge Trail at Pardon Gray Preserve is now open making it possible to do a loop from the Main Road Lot, reports Wayne Browning of the Tiverton Land Trust this week. He gave an update last week on two trails that were already re-opened following Tropical Storm Irene, and said two very large toppled trees made the Ridge Trail dangerous to pass. He said an assessment of the condition of the South Trail still needs to be done, and at Basket Swamp Preserve, three large trees have come down across the lone trail and it will likely be sometime later this week before that trail can be completely cleared.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency toured Little Compton last Friday to get an early sense for necessary reimbursement costs incurred by Hurricane Irene.
Since President Barack Obama declared Rhode Island a disaster area following Hurricane Irene, storm management expenses for Rhode Island cities and towns will be eligible for a percentage of government reimbursement. Little Compton Business Manager Thomas Dunn reported that town officials met with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) last Friday, Sept. 2, and learned, after receiving some early cost estimates, that the town may be eligible for at least 75 percent reimbursement for certain categorized expenses. How those costs are categorized by FEMA remains unknown. According to a press release from FEMA, federal funds are available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-…