Crews continue to clear macroburst debris through stormy weather

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CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — It’s been one week since a brief, but powerful storm tore through areas of Southern New England, leaving behind a trail of damage.

Despite the rainy weather Tuesday, crews were back out in full force cleaning up downed trees, limbs and other debris caused by last Tuesday’s macroburst.

The Pinpoint Weather Team says there’s the potential for additional showers and thunderstorms through midnight, with the possibility of gusty winds and street flooding.

People who live in the areas hit hardest by the storm hope Tuesday’s weather doesn’t cause any further problems. One Cranston resident told Eyewitness News he cleaned up his yard as much as he could after last week’s storm, but there were big branches still stuck in trees, danging above his property.

“This storm this afternoon is kind of scary because my garage, my pool, everything could be a victim of the limbs falling down,” said Jose Gonzalez, who lives in the Garden Hills neighborhood.

City crews and tree services were back out Tuesday trying to clear all of the debris, but that work comes at a cost.

“Right now the insurance company is telling me they won’t pay for it, and the tree services are charging triple what they normally do because this is considered emergency rates, so I’m hoping I can just wait it out a little and have them come when it’s not so much of an emergency,” Gonzalez added.

Eyewitness News also checked in with National Grid, who said they’ve been working to remove those so-called “hangers” – branches and limbs still stuck up in trees – since last week’s storm.

“There is some wind coming through, some rain so we have crews on the property,” said National Grid President Tim Horan. “We have 10 tree crews, 26 more available and 40 line crews out there to address any issues that may arise.”

The City of Cranston is asking business owners and residents who were impacted by last week’s storm to provide any damage information to the city’s Emergency Management Agency, as they try to determine if it will qualify for federal disaster aid.

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