UPDATE 8:49 p.m.: Warwick Public School classes are canceled Tuesday, with seven schools still without power, according to Mayor Scott Avedisian.
Thayer Arena’s ice rink and McDermott Pool will remain closed Tuesday, but trash collection will run Tuesday morning, Avedisian reported.
At 7:29 p.m., Warwick Police announced on Twitter that Diamond Hill Road is closed to through traffic until further notice due to a large number of utility vehicles on the road.
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WARWICK, RI — About 11,000 people remained without power Monday evening following a violently gusting storm overnight, a situation Mayor Scott Avedisian said is likely to require the continuing patience of Warwick citizens.
“It’s going to be a long, tedious process,” Avedisian said.
Electricity utility National Grid reported heavy, wet trees and branches had fallen on power lines across the state, resulted in widespread damage in several communities, including 129,000 customers Warwick was among them.
Monday morning, Warwick residents assessed the damage from fallen branches, snapped power lines and tipped-over trees. Avedisian said cleanup from the damage had gone well during the day, but efforts to restore so many residents’ electricity service would continue to be a painstaking process requiring some streets to shut down while trees are cleared and power lines are repaired.
At 4 p.m., eight Warwick public schools remained without power. By 8 p.m., the question of whether Warwick’s schools would re-open was still being assessed, with a report on the state of electric service to the school buildings due from National Grid within the hour.
If there are only a few schools without power by Tuesday, Avedisian said, the city would likely hold classes that morning as usual for the balance of the district.
Warwick Public Library on Sandy Lane was opened until 9 p.m. Monday for those who need to charge cell phones. Avedisian’s office reported the library and the Senior Center, 27 Pilgrim Parkway, will both open for normal business hours Tuesday, and the public may use the facilities again to charge their phones if necessary.
McDermott pool and the Thayer Arena ice rink were also closed Monday, and their status for the next morning was to be determined late Monday, according to Avedisian’s office.