Wednesday, January 11, 2012
A Department of Transportation (DOT) loader became stuck along the Sakonnet River Wednesday afternoon.
An attempt to prevent flooding along Park Avenue turned into a sticky situation for the Department of Transportation (DOT) Wednesday afternoon. A DOT loader was digging a trench when the vehicle became stuck on the beach, said DOT spokesman Bryan Lucier. "One of the vehicles got stuck in the wet sand," Lucier said. "It was pulled out within an hour. There was no damage to the vehicle." No injuries were reported. The vehicle was removed from the sand around 3:15 p.m. The DOT has been digging trenches in the beach along the Sakonnet River recently to prevent flooding along Park Avenue. DOT workers decided to dig today to prepare for heavy rains predicted for the area Thursday.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Local blogger John McDaid captured photos Tuesday of Park Avenue flooding, one day after Department of Transportation representatives visited the area to assess the situation.
For the third time this school year, flooding in Island Park interrupted the commute to school for several Portsmouth students. Heavy rains overnight caused Park Avenue to flood Tuesday morning, forcing school buses to make detours and many residents using the Cove "Escape" Bridge to exit Island Park. Island Park resident John McDaid, who operates the blog Hard Deadlines, captured the flooding in the photos seen above. In an e-mail sent to the DOT, town and school department officials Tuesday, McDaid writes, "Whatever the cause, I would appreciate it if the RIDOT could work to resolve this issue affecting the safety of Island Park residents and our children." McDaid says the flooding problem dates back at least two years. The flooding …
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Local blogger and Island Park resident John McDaid requests the Portsmouth Town Council investigate flooding along Park Avenue.
For the second time this school year in Island Park, children have been required to "wade through ankle-deep water to board buses," says local blogger John McDaid. "This morning (Sept. 8), for the second time this week, heavy rains flooded Park Ave. in Island Park, forcing schoolchildren to wade through ankle-deep water to board buses. On Tuesday, the streets were so impassable, I had to use the 'Escape' Bridge to drive my son to school," he wrote in an e-mail distributed to both town and school officials Thursday morning. McDaid, the operator of Hard Deadlines, is now seeking an investigation into the matter by the Portsmouth Town Council. Officials of the Portsmouth School District have also been notified. "Whatever the cause, I would…
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
It was a difficult time for Sherry Gibson, but she credits her Island Park neighbors with getting her through Hurricane Irene.
Sherry Gibson certainly didn’t want or expect her sailboat, Wind Swept, to end up stranded on Island Park beach during Hurricane Irene on Sunday. But that's exactly what happened. The sailboat came loose from its mooring during Hurricane Irene and struck a waterfront house along Park Avenue. The waterfront home lost one of its stilts as a result of the hit. Gibson described having to sit all night Sunday at the sea wall with a candle burning in her car because “scavengers" were driving down to steal items off her boat, she said. But thankfully, the sailboat owner says residents of the area reached out to help, some offering sandwiches, snacks, coffee, beverages and anything else she might need. “There have been some really nice people who…
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Waves crashed over the concrete wall along Park Avenue just before high tide on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Police have shut down the road to traffic.
Waves crashed over the sea wall along Park Avenue during high tide on Sunday around 8:30 a.m. Several onlookers gathered on the edge of Park Avenue to watch the spectacle as a few vehicles braved driving through the water. Police shut down Park Avenue in Island Park to traffic at 9 a.m. Featured above is a video showing the monsterous waves crash along Park Avenue. The water is expected to flood the roadway. Island Park, as well as Common Fence Point, trailer parks and any low-lying areas, was ordered to be evacuated Friday. According to local blogger John McDaid, only a few Island Park residents had evacuated by Saturday night. Only three residents reported to the shelter on Saturday as of 5 p.m. A parking ban is also now in effect …
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Residents in Island Park were busy before the rains early Saturday morning preparing for Hurricane Irene.
Several coastal residents in Island Park were seen boarding up homes and preparing to evacuate before Hurricane Irene arrives. Residents along Fountain Avenue, off Park Avenue, were boarding up homes and leaving a message for Irene. The message can be seen in the video above. The majority of homes along Park Avenue remained without boards by 11 a.m. Saturday. The town of Portsmouth has ordered a mandatory evacuation starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday for Island Park, Common Fence Point and trailer parks. The Portsmouth Middle School will open as an emergency shelter at 4 p.m. today.
The Portsmouth Middle School will open as an emergency shelter on Saturday at 4 p.m. for residents.
Island Park and Common Fence Point residents are being asked to evacuate from their homes on Saturday afternoon before Hurricane Irene arrives. The town of Portsmouth has issued a mandatory evacuation for Island Park, Common Fence Point and all trailer parks, including Sunny Acres, effective on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Portsmouth Middle School will open as an emergency shelter on Saturday at 4 p.m. Residents are being urged to leave their homes and seek shelter with friends or family members first. If unable to seek shelter, residents should then head to the Portsmouth Middle School. The middle school can temporarily house 500 people, according to Portsmouth Fire Chief Jeffrey P. Lynch. Another section of the school may be opened to …
Thursday, July 21, 2011
A warm summer night brings diners, dogs and "hogs" to Island Park.
Portsmouth has many miles of coastline and beautiful beaches to while away a summer evening, but none as quaint as Island Park where residents walk their dogs, ladies picnic on benches and locals and visitors alike take advantage of waterside dining overlooking the Sakonnet River. Featured above are photos of a summer evening spent in Island Park. Do you have photos of this Portsmouth neighborhood? Add them to the photo gallery above!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The Town Council held a workshop on "dotted-line properties" Tuesday night at Town Hall.
How many dotted-line lots are in Portsmouth Park, Island Park and even on Prudence Island? The Town Council wants to know. The council held a workshop to discuss "dotted-line properties" Tuesday night at Town Hall. After two hours of discussion, the council voted 5-1 with Paul Kesson opposed to conduct a census and find out exactly how many dotted-line properties exist in Portsmouth. The town's Planning Department and tax assessor will gather the information. Dotted-line lots have come to the forefront of a wastewater management debate as the council works to map out the best plan to help fight a notice of violation issued last fall by the Department of Environmental Management (DEM). “We’re here to discuss the dotted-line lots in the …
Friday, March 11, 2011
Pio Lombardo of Lombardo Associates discussed the possibility of a trench system being built in Portsmouth at Thursday's Town Council meeting.
About 60 to 70 residential properties in Island Park are located on property lots too small to house a traditional on-site septic system, said engineer Pio Lombardo Thursday. However, a "trench system" could be one possibility to solving this issue. Lombardo spoke before the Town Council to provide an update on the wastewater management project currently underway. Lombardo, of the engineering firm Lombardo Associates, has been hired by the town to aid in the implementation of the Wastewater Management District Ordinance, which requires residents to have their septic system inspected, either by the town or privately, and if it fails, to have the system replaced. On Thursday, Lombardo stated the the firm was "on schedule." He also stated …