UPDATE: Knight Street has also been closed to thru traffic in the area of 60 Knight Street. Local businesses are open. Access to the 11 Knight Street Business Park has to be accessed via Pontiac Avenue, Cranston.
WARWICK, RI — Storm damage from Monday’s intense rain and wind knocked down trees, cut classes early and has closed Bald Hill Road to all but local traffic from East Avenue to the Pawtuxet River Bridge.
“Warwick Police announced the road closure this morning. “Bald Hill Road from East Ave to the Pawtuxet River Bridge is closed to thru traffic. Local traffic ONLY! West Warwick side of the bridge is closed to thru traffic at Providence St & River,” police announced on their Facebook Page, illustrating the information with a map of the closed area.
- Bellows Street
- Venturi Avenue
- Industrial Avenue
- Pioneer Avenue
- 1st Street
At about 8 a.m., Picozzi provided an update on flooding in the city, with a few photos near Pontiac Village.
“We do have some flooding from the Pawtuxet River. It’s mostly confined to commercial/industrial areas. These photos are from Greenwich Village Apartments (only the parking lot is affected) and the Apponaug Brewery.
Down river, Belmont Park is flooded. Shaws parking lot is very flooded along with surrounding roads. Reports are that the river’s water level has just about peaked and will begin to slowly recede.
The aging Toll Gate High School closed early Monday morning after the building’s roof was badly damaged due to heavy winds. School officials updated the public via Facebook as well:
“Dear Toll Gate Community: As you are aware, we had to dismiss students early today (Monday, 12/18/23). We wanted to take this opportunity to update you on the situation. Due to the extreme weather conditions, the rubber roof membrane was separated from the roof deck of the building. The repairs will begin tomorrow, as the weather conditions will not allow workers to begin the work today. Due to the nature of the repairs, it is expected to be extremely noisy and will interrupt learning.
As a result, there will be Distance Learning for the next two days. Tuesday, 12/19/23, will be a G day and Wednesday, 12/20/23, will be an A day. Please see specific schedules below. We would ask students to please check their Google Classrooms. Teachers will be taking attendance each period. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to monitor this issue closely. We will be sure to update you on the progress, as well as any potential impact to the end of the week.
“The weather today was really harsh but, overall, I think our facilities held up pretty well,” said School Committee chairman David Testa.
Superintendent Lynn Dambruch could not be reached for comment.
RI Energy noted on its power outage map this morning that about 8,000 Rhode Island homes remain without power, down from about 26,000 Monday. The number of homes in Warwick without power had dropped to about 200, down from about 500 Monday. The utility reminds readers to stay away from downed wires.
Reporter Joe Siegel contributed to this story.
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