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Did National Grid respond quickly and forcefully enough to the power outages that Tropical Storm Irene caused last week?

Posted 9/5/11

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spollitt

I don't know who is more to blame, Rhode Island, the state continues to patch everything including its government instead of fixing it, or National Grid who is too big to fix anything.

This was a small tropical storm with some wind & rain. Imagine if it truly had been a hurricane.

As usual in RI, the money people got their fixes 1st (Jamestown vs North Smithfield) while the workers had to take cold showers & report to their jobs for days/week afterwards.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 | Report this
Carl

Sheesh! How can we expect to pay for the contingency setup that would be necessary to move any faster than National Grid did last week. We Americans have become much too soft! Grow up - it's a tough world out there!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 | Report this
richard.jaffe@davolsquare.com

National Grid was in a no win situation. If they brought in too many crews from out of town they would have been criticized as over reacting. Think about this: If our government has been running the show we would still be without power as they debated the minutia. Great job National Grid you should run FEMA

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 | Report this
thorathome

National Grid did well making repairs. The big question is how to make our electrical system stronger and more resilient to Big Weather and other events. The biggest question is, who will pay for that upgrade? We are far too vulnerable, as this storm has shown. What will we really do about it?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 | Report this
Rachron96

My goodness, how could anyone vote "yes". Is it just a coincidence that whenever there is no competition, the results are awful. Do you know what a "monopoly" is?

Thursday, September 8, 2011 | Report this
shi02889

I'm not complaining for me, but for many seniors that get scared of staying in the dark for over seventy=two hours. I sent an email to National Grid, and ended up with my lights on that night, after them ordeal without lights for four days, and nights. I lost $75.00 worth of food, and there are many people that have lost much more. Everytime we have a storm here in Rhode Island, many people buy one, and two shopping carts full of food. They spend over $200.00 at a time for only a few days discomfort. I like to shoot a video of all the times people over buy. It's like going to the Hometime Buffett, and peoplr pileup, as if the restaurant is going to run out of food But lets get back to the issue at hand with losing the power for more than we should have' 1st the city should cut the trees under the power line, and when anyone contacts the electric company, and complains that there is a power line down, and someone can get hurt. They shouldn't take their sweet time to fix it, or wait til someone get hurt. Doesn't anyone realize it that with a town, or a city without any lights; you are inviting trouble like rape, and home invasion, or even worse.You can't always blame the weather.

Thursday, September 8, 2011 | Report this
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