Thursday, February 14, 2013
The Department of Health is asking private well owners to boil their water as a safety precaution.
Due to the excessive snow from the winter storm and from rainfall on Monday, some private wells may be impacted. The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reminds Rhode Islanders who lost water pressure or have a flooded well head (surrounded by water), to take steps to ensure the safety of drinking water: For more information visit www.health.ri.gov/drinkingwaterquality/for/privatewellowners/ or call the Health Information Line at 401-222-5960 / RI Relay 711.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Light, fluffy snow on rooftops can act as a sponge for rain. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency offers these tips.
As rains in Tiverton and Little Compton's subside, Winter Storm Nemo could still wreak havoc in your neighborhood. While temperatures dropped overnight on Friday resulting in light, fluffy snow, fluffy snow piled high on roofs can act as a sponge, absorbing rain and adding additional stress to structures. Relatively flat roofs are particularly vulnerable. In other cases, roof ice dams have formed causing water build-up, leading to interior damage. These conditions can accelerate the snowmelt. To minimize the risk of over-stressing a building roof due to accumulated or drifting snow: Information from a release by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) was used in this report.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Share your photos of Winter Storm Nemo around Tiverton and Little Compton.
As Winter Storm Nemo adds its layers of snow to Tiverton and Little Compton, share your photos of the blizzard. Make sure you add the time of day it was taken so we can watch the storm progress!
Saturday, February 9, 2013
See how many inches have fallen in your area with the LIVE map below.
Saturday, February 9
The map above, provided by the National Weather Service, shows snowfall in the past 24 hours. It is updated every 6 hours. This is not a map showing overall snow depth: It only tracks the amount of snow that has fallen in the past day. The map is centered around the red marker, which is in the middle of Tiverton-Little Compton Patch's coverage area.
Write in the comments section if your power has been restored recently or if you are still without power.
The latest National Grid outage map at 11:30 a.m. Saturday shows about 7,000 customers without power in Tiverton and Little Compton. That numbers include more than 4,000 in Little Compton alone, according to the National Grid outage page. There are no estimates as to when the power will be restored to those homes on the outage page. So, let us know. Has your power been restored recently? Are you still without power? Let us know and tell us where you are located.
The Saturday suspension of mail delivery debate applies to today: but not because of USPS budget problems!
You may be wondering if there'll be any new mail in your mailbox today (that is, if you can even make it to your mailbox, with all this snow.) The answer is that mail service in all of New England — not only Rhode Island — has been suspended, according to the Huffington Post. The ban extends throughout all six New England states. The unusual decision was made due to safety concerns, according to Postal Service spokeswoman Christine Dugas. The decision came after over two feet of snow falling throughout much of New England made many roads impassable, she said. Dugas reminded people to clear around their mailboxes or paths to their homes by Monday, when mail delivery will resume.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
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Friday, Feb. 8: 1 p.m. — Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) monitoring winds speeds; could result in later closing of Mount Hope and Newport Pell bridges. 12:30 — Governor declares State of Emergency ahead of storm, reports NBC 10 News. 12 p.m. — RIPTA bus service is suspended at noon. The DOT recommends all drivers to stay off roads this afternoon. 10 a.m. - Snow is sticking! 4:30 a.m. - The National Weather Service (NWS) in Taunton, MA is predicting "an historic storm" with snow accumulations of 18 - 24 inches. Snowfall and accumulation will be light throughout the day on Friday, with about 1 - 2 inches expected. By evening, as the storm worsens, temperatures will drop and winds will increase. The NWS is predicting up …