Warwick, Providence asking for storm damage reports

Daboll Court & Airport Road in Warwick storm damage_197817

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Officials in two cities are asking residents to help them determine whether or not Tuesday’s storm damage qualifies for a disaster declaration.

Warwick Emergency Management officials will make forms available at several locations in the city on Sunday that residents and business owners can use to document damage that their property suffered on Tuesday.

Lesley Allen’s home in the Governor Francis section of Warwick was damaged when trees, 8 in total, fell on her property – damaging her husband’s jeep.

“That’s my husband’s baby, that’s his baby. He’s not happy about losing his Jeep,” she said.

Allen said she bought the Jeep as a wedding present for her husband 11 years ago. But she said as long as everyone is safe, that is all that matters to her at this point.

Now that her power is back on, Allen said her focus is cleaning up the rest of her yard.

Eyewitness News crews saw people all over Warwick doing the same.

Bill Burns said his home on Louisiana Aveneue lost power for the first time in the 25 years he’s lived there.

“This is the worst I’ve seen it around here,” he explained. “It looked like a tornado hit. Because there are spots where it was completely untouched and spots were trees are uprooted.”

Burns spent part of his day Saturday cleaning up his yard – but he said the cleanup is not complete.

Now, the city is asking for damage reports.

The WEMA command post will be at 662 West Shore Road from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., then at 325 Miantonomo Drive from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and finally at 1799 Warwick Avenue from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Residents can also pick up forms at the Warwick Fire Department headquarters Tuesday through Friday during normal business hours, or on the city’s website, www.warwickri.gov.

The city of Providence is also soliciting the public’s input on storm damage; forms can be picked up at City Hall, the Public Safety Complex on Washington Street, or the Providence Emergency Management Headquarters at 591 Charles Street.

The forms are also available online at PEMA’s website.

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