Roads Improved, Sidewalks Still Rough
The storm Friday to Saturday brought more snow to East Greenwich than the town had seen in decades.
If you've been on Main Street in the past two days, you know it's not at its best and the sidewalks ... well, for long stretchs of Main Street, they are impassable.
"Most of the time they spent trying to widen the roads and clear drains," said Town Manager Bill Sequino Monday afternoon about the Public Works crew. He said he'd initially hoped the crew could clean up Main Street Monday night. The plan now is to clear the sidewalks Tuesday night.
The DPW crew began work Friday morning and continued through the weekend, with little rest. As Sequino said, "It was a very messy storm."
During the storm, the EG Fire District had 52 calls, according to Chief Peter Henrikson, but none of them serious. There were fire alarm soundings, a gas leak, 11 service calls, 4 calls for carbon monoxide alarms, 5 accidents (none serious), and 15 EMS calls.
The Fire District averages 7 to 8 calls a day, Henrikson said. This was twice as many as usual.
"We added some staff just because the nature of the storm," he said. "We kept two guys on the pickup truck so we didn’t have to put the $400,000 fire truck on the road."
For the first time in memory, Henrikson said, "We put tire chains on the two rescues" to make sure they could gain traction.