2006-02-16 / Front Page

Islanders take Blizzard of ’06 in stride

Islanders take Blizzard of ’06 in stride

These enterprising young men (above) took advantage of the snowstorm to make some money clearing the white stuff for neighbors. From left are Tom Monro, Will Deffley and John Rafanelli. Below, a young sledder takes to the hill at Shoreby Hill. Top photo by Andrea vonHohenleiten Bottom photo by Vic Richardson These enterprising young men (above) took advantage of the snowstorm to make some money clearing the white stuff for neighbors. From left are Tom Monro, Will Deffley and John Rafanelli. Below, a young sledder takes to the hill at Shoreby Hill. Top photo by Andrea vonHohenleiten Bottom photo by Vic Richardson Most Jamestowners took the governor’s advice on Sunday and stayed home during what is now being called the “Blizzard of ’06.”

The white stuff started falling late Saturday night. By mid-morning Sunday, Gov. Don Carcieri had declared a statewide emergency and asked that everyone stay at home. Heavy snow and high winds combined to create whiteout conditions throughout the day.

Town Administrator Bruce Keiser said that Jamestown’s public works crews spent about 20 hours clearing the island roads. “Everyone was pleased that the storm occurred on a Sunday. The traffic was light,” he said.

The only problem the snowplowing crews encountered, he said, is that once the roads had been cleared the blowing snow caused them to drift over and the roads had to be plowed again.

Keisor said the crews started about midnight on Saturday and worked until 10 p.m. Sunday.

Keiser said it was hard to determine how much snow Jamestown received. Best guesses from the public works crews was “8 to 10 inches,” he said.

Police Chief Tom Tighe said there were few problems reported during the snowstorm. There was an island-wide parking ban, he said.

“Everything seemed to go pretty well,” Tighe said. He noted that some people still ventured out even though the governor had asked that everyone stay at home.

Keith Godina, dispatcher at the Jamestown Fire Department, said all was quiet during the snowstorm Sunday. There was only one traffic accident with minor injuries that the department responded to, he added.

Trish O’Brien, supervisor at McQuade’s Marketplace, said Saturday was a busy day for the grocery store as islanders prepared for the storm.

“From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. it was very busy,” she said. “It was a bit of fun. Everybody was nice and people were visiting and talking to each other as they stood in line to check out.”

Scott Sherman said Saturday was also busy at Jamestown Hardware. “It was almost a record day,” he said. “People were buying everything.”

Sunday was very quiet at the store, he said. “I think we only sold one shovel and one bag of ice.”

Sherman said he was surprised, though, at the number of people who were out walking in the storm. “I was amazed,” he added.

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