PROVIDENCE – For those residents who lost homes to flooding or storm surge the process may take longer, but Rhode Islanders are already working to move back to normalcy less a week after Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast.
National Grid restored gas and electric power to all of the more than 122,000 Ocean State residents who were in the dark in the storm’s aftermath.
Storm surges and heavy winds hit Rhode Islanders hard, especially in the southern portion of the state. Pieces of homes were torn off and blown about neighborhoods and roads were covered with nearly a food of sand in some areas.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, President Barack Obama granted Rhode Island’s request for a federal disaster declaration in the hard-hit Washington, Bristol and Newport counties, where inspectors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency estimate there was at least $5.5 million in damage to public buildings and infrastructure.
“This declaration is part of a process that supports the recovery,” said Sen. Jack Reed in prepared remarks. “This process won’t happen overnight and this remains a difficult budgetary environment, but I will do everything I can to ensure Rhode Island receives the federal assistance we need.”
There are two types of federal assistance: public assistance, which is generally used to help local governments and nonprofits, and individual assistance, which is generally used to help homeowners with serious unmet needs.
On Sunday, Nov. 4, Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee amended his request for disaster declaration to specifically mention individual assistance.