2,000 Portsmouth Residents Wake Up Without Power
Hurricane Sandy left Portsmouth residents in the dark and with flooded yards.
At least 2,000 Portsmouth residents awoke Tuesday morning after the storm to a lack of electricity in their homes.
According to Portsmouth's Emergency Management Agency, 2,000 residents were still without power as of 4 a.m. However, the National Grid Outage Central Map showed no outages.
Residents are reminded to call National Grid at 800-465-1212 to report an outage.
National Grid trucks could be seen on area roads around town busily working to restore power. A utility pole was also reportedly leaning on a live wire on East Main Road and Sandy Point Avenue.
Only a few residents could be seen in yards assessing the damage. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (DOT) is warning residents to be careful this morning as the cleanup begins.
Park Avenue closed to traffic
The DOT was also reportedly pumping out water from Island Park on Tuesday morning.
Park Avenue remained closed to traffic as of 9:45 a.m. The hurricane surge caused water to breach the seawall on Monday night during the high tide. The road was closed around 7:30 a.m. to traffic.
The amount of damage to homes in Island Park is unknown at this time. Several residents in both Island Park and Common Fence Point reported flooding in low-lying areas on Monday.
Portsmouth firefighters respond to storm calls
The Portsmouth Fire Department responded to 37 emergency calls with the majority of those calls being storm-related.
The calls reported medical emergencies, smoking power lines and branches down, according to Capt. Michael O'Brien, spokesman for the fire department.
"[There was] very low damage. It was mostly the power lines," said O'Brien. "We had some flooding last night in Common Fence Point."
O'Brien said he doesn't believe there were any homes severely damaged in Island Park.
"I'm certain some had water in the basement, but I haven't heard of any structural damage to homes," he said. "The water came up to Anthony Road, water was high there."
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