East Providence News

3/30/2010 - Update on City Flood Operations - new information as of May 26

Update on Flood Operations in East Providence

5/26/10 -
In Rhode Island, there are just a couple of days remaining to apply for disaster assistance. To apply, call the FEMA Help Line at 800-621-3362. The filing deadline for applications for Physical Damage to homes, personal property and businesses is May 28, 2010. For more information, please click here.

5/7/2010 -
In Rhode Island, there are just three weeks remaining to apply for disaster assistance. To apply, call the FEMA Help Line at 800-621-3362. The filing deadline for applications for Physical Damage to homes, personal property and businesses is May 28, 2010. Click here for further details.

4/26/2010 -
FEMA Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency announce that the FEMA Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will be in East Providence through Friday, April 30. The DRC will be located at Pierce Memorial Field and will be staffed each day from 8am to 6pm.

FEMA and SBA representatives will be available to assist residents with any issues related to the flood disaster and FEMA assistance, and can provide status reports on FEMA applications for individuals. This is an excellent opportunity for those affected by the flooding to bring their questions and concerns directly to FEMA staff.

4/22/2010 -
The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency and FEMA announce that the FEMA Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will be in East Providence from Saturday April 24 through Monday, April 26. This facility will be staffed each day as follows:

Saturday April 24 10am-7pm
Sunday April 25: 12pm-6pm
Monday April 26: 8am-6pm

FEMA representatives will be available to assist residents with any issues related to the flood disaster and FEMA assistance, and can provide status reports on FEMA applications for individuals. This is an excellent opportunity for residents to have their questions and concerns heard by FEMA staff.

4/6/2010 -
FEMA has been performing property damage assessments for over the last few days. This process will continue until all who have registered with the agency have been visited. So far, over $4 million has been earmarked for individual assistance across the state. All of Rhode Island is now covered by the Federal Disaster Declaration. Several Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC’s) are being assembled to provide assistance and information to residents. It is suggested that residents who need assistance apply through FEMA first, before visiting a DRC. One of these centers is expected to open in the East Bay this week.

The City is working on getting Red Cross Clean-Up Kits to aid residents in the cleaning of flooded spaces and mitigating the hazard from mold.

The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency at http://www.riema.ri.gov/ has much information regarding the flood operation and is updated continually. Other resources include the state’s official flood recovery website: http://floodrecovery.ri.gov . An excellent source of information on the clean-up of mold can be found on the EPA’s website.

4/2/2010 -

Governor Carcieri and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation Announce Flood Funding for Small Businesses

Governor Carcieri and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) today announce the terms and conditions for the RIEDC Small Business Loan Fund's (SBLF) Emergency Flood Fund.

The SBLF Board has approved $500,000 in funding to be allocated to small businesses in need of flood recovery assistance. Existing manufacturers, retailers and selected service companies are eligible to apply for a minimum of $10,000 and maximum of $100,000. Businesses that have questions or would like to apply for assistance can call 401-278-9129.

Click here for more information

Emergency Assistance for RI Manufacturers

RIMES will provide up to 10 hours of engineering services at no charge for clients directly impacted by the flood. This assistance is intended to help clients that need to move equipment within an existing facility, find alternative storage, and seek out partnership opportunities to help fulfill current orders and/or relocate. Please contact RIMES to find out more information.

Flood Response Efforts
April 2, 2010 (9am, 11am, and 1pm)
The RI Dept. of Labor & Training and the RI Economic Development Corporation will present three emergency response workshops at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce offices today.
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RIMES contact information: 270-8896 or visit www.rimes.org

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4/1/2010 - Reed Secures Tax Extension for Rhode Islanders Affected by Floods

Washington, DC -- At the urging of U.S. Senator Jack Reed, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today announced it will temporarily extend the federal income tax filing deadline to May 11, 2010 for Rhode Islanders affected by this week's flooding.

4/1/2010 - The Radisson Hotel in Providence is offering a $54 a night rate to flood victims. The hotel can be reached at 401 272 5577.

4/1/2010 - President Obama declares emergency for RI

Click here for the Federal aid programs for RI Emergency Disaster

Click to apply for assistance online with FEMA

If you have been affected by the recent flooding incidents, please review this important document -  After a Flood

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3/31/2010 - Rainfall of between 7.5 and 9 inches in East Providence this week, and 19 inches over the last 5 weeks, caused widespread river flooding, poor drainage flooding along streets, and thousands of incidents of basement flooding. City Emergency Management Teams remain activated for the situation. Major roadways still closed include Waterman Taunton Avenue between Pawtucket Avenue and the Seekonk line, and Pawtucket Avenue near the Tenmile River Bridge by Agawam Playground. The playground itself remains flooded. The eastern end of Waterman Avenue near the Seekonk Line is now open.

Floodwaters will just very slowly secede through the end of the week.

Residents who need assistance regarding information on damage assessments and evacuation options are encouraged to dial 211 , which is the United Way. Keep trying, as their lines are very busy. The United Way is taking information from residents for the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency and FEMA and can help get you started on the process of recovery.

East Providence residents who need their basements pumped out can call the Fire Department’s Emergency Number at 431-1111.

The East Providence Emergency Shelter remains opens at the East Providence Senior Center located at 610 Waterman Avenue.

The School Department reports the City's public schools are in session as usual with no closures expected. The City Recycling Division notes that trash pick-up also continues as usual.

The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) is updating their web page continually regarding the situation statewide, including a link to RIDOT updates on road closures across the state.

Click here for the RIEMA web site

Click here for the RI DOT web site which list street closings throughout the State of RI

Click here for pictures of local flooding

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3/30/2010 - City Emergency Management teams are activated for the current major flooding situation and are strongly recommending evacuation of the low portion of the neighborhood north of Waterman Avenue, between Rockway Avenue and the Seekonk line. This includes Marsh, Abbot, State, Humphrey and surrounding streets. Rising water is causing flooding at numerous properties and threatening electrical infrastructure in this area. The rise in water levels here is expected to continue heading into tonight, affecting additional properties, as rain continues to fall. Rain will taper off by evening but the leveling off of high water in flooding events lags for a number of hours. High water can be expected at least through midweek.

Floodwaters from the Tenmile River will affect Pawtucket Avenue where it crosses the river, affecting properties near the river, through Wednesday. Flooding of poor drainage areas is common city-wide with numerous road closures.

All residents are urged to closely monitor this situation, and to exercise extreme caution if you need to drive in the area. Many roads have high water due both to river flooding and poor drainage resulting from over 15 inches of rainfall over the last 5 weeks.

The City has set up an Emergency Shelter at the East Providence Senior Center, 610 Waterman Avenue (corner of Pawtucket Ave.). The Providence Marriott Downtown on Orms Street has offered a special evacuation rate of $89. Contact the hotel at 272-2400 (direct line to this hotel) and mention code EVT for this option.