2017-02-16 / Front Page

NO DAMAGE OR POWER OUTAGES FROM SNOWFALL


RIGHT: Beth Hatch and her 5-year-old daughter Maren went sledding down Shoreby Hill Friday afternoon. RIGHT: Beth Hatch and her 5-year-old daughter Maren went sledding down Shoreby Hill Friday afternoon. Snow, sleet, rain and wind bombarded the island sporadically during the course of four days — including 10 inches last Thursday — but the storms departed without causing any power outages or major accidents.

“We are fortunate in Jamestown to have such a talented and dedicated group of employees who can be relied upon to make our community safe,” Town Administrator Andy Nota said.

According to Town Engineer Mike Gray, 10 drivers for the highway department arrived at work early last Thursday and plowed until 2 a.m. Friday. Making the situation more difficult, he said, was that the snow was preceded by rain, creating a sheet of ice on the streets.

“That caused nasty conditions,” he said.

Plows were back on the streets Friday into Saturday morning sanding the roads, and trucks made a final push Sunday following another inch of snow.


BELOW: The Seigh sisters, Ariana, 12, and Cierea, 6, built a snowman Saturday afternoon in their front yard on Intrepid Lane. BELOW: The Seigh sisters, Ariana, 12, and Cierea, 6, built a snowman Saturday afternoon in their front yard on Intrepid Lane. Schools were closed last Thursday and Friday, while a parking ban kept cars off the road most of those days. A second ban was issued Sunday night until noon Monday.

The only issue, Nota said, was a slumping telephone pole along Mackerel Cove. National Grid, however, installed a support beam before any power was lost. Following an inspection Monday, Nota said most of the poles along that stretch need to be replaced.



BOTTOM RIGHT: Nate Powers, 11, enjoys the day off from school Friday aboard his snow tube. 
Photos byAndrea von Hohenleiten BOTTOM RIGHT: Nate Powers, 11, enjoys the day off from school Friday aboard his snow tube. Photos byAndrea von Hohenleiten

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