WARWICK, RI – By late Friday night, the National Grid reported about 121 people state wide were still without electricity, and only a handful of people – about a dozen – of those were in Warwick, and cleanup efforts turned mainly to the trees felled by Sunday’s storm.
Mayor Scott Avedisian’s office distributed the following announcement concerning those cleanup efforts:
As the City continues its cleanup efforts following last weekend’s storm, residents are advised that the hours at the compost facility at the Public Works complex on Sandy Lane will continue to be extended until further notice for those who wish to dispose of storm-related yard debris there.
Extended hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The facility will also be opened from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.
Crews have been going throughout the City this week to collect storm debris and regular yard waste from curbside, and are expected to return to areas where National Grid crews have recently cleared downed power lines from fallen trees and roadways.
Next week, DPW yard waste crews will continue to pick up regular yard waste – leaves, small branches, etc. – on the bi-weekly schedule. At this time, a full complement of equipment – chippers, front loaders, etc. – will also be following these crews to collect any larger storm-related debris curbside, sweeping through the City route by route.
Usually, residents are asked to cut wood, branches, etc. to no longer than 4 feet and bundle them to ensure they are picked up. While this process makes it much easier for crews doing pickup, for as long as storm cleanup continues, any yard debris that is left curbside will be collected, either by regular yard waste crews or storm cleanup crews, whether it is bundled or not.