Rhode Island Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-1894)

Incident period: March 12, 2010 to April 12, 2010
Major Disaster Declaration declared on March 29, 2010

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

August 19, 2010
News Release
WARWICK, R.I. -- The town of New Shoreham (Block Island) escaped with little impact from the March 2010 floods, but the damage and debris left behind on the mainland served as a reminder to officials on the significance of preparing for the worst. With a hazard mitigation plan set to expire in May 2011, New Shoreham officials tapped the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (REIMA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for hazard mitigation planning assistance.
July 29, 2010
News Release
WARWICK, R.I. -- The town of Bristol has reached a major milestone. It is the first jurisdiction to submit, have approved and formally adopt a hazard mitigation plan during Rhode Island’s presidentially-declared disaster (DR-1894). The adoption follows an extensive technical assistance and outreach process coordinated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) in response to the spring 2010 floods.
July 22, 2010
News Release
WARWICK, R.I. -- Newly elected Rhode Island Disaster Long Term Recovery Group (RIDLTRG) Chairman Paul Salera said today he is hopeful the organization will be able to complete the job of helping flood survivors who cannot recover on their own within 12-18 months.
July 22, 2010
News Release
WARWICK, R.I. -- Town officials in Johnston, R.I., hit the ground running in an effort to develop a hazard mitigation plan that will make the town more disaster-resilient. Mitigation planners from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) met with Johnston’s fire, planning and public works department officials and residents at a public meeting, held July 13, 2010, to discuss the town’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. All cities and towns in Rhode Island are required under federal law to make comprehensive updates to their plan every five years.
July 22, 2010
News Release
WARWICK, R.I. -- The University of Rhode Island was getting ready for commencement when the severe storms of March and April hit. For Anne Gregson, who handles risk management and insurance for the university, flooding was the last thing URI needed.  “This is usually a very busy time of year for us,” she said. “The March rainstorms added to the work that needed to be done to prepare our campus.”
July 21, 2010
News Release
WARWICK, R.I. -- Firefighters and staff at the Hope Valley-Wyoming Fire Department relocated their eight fire vehicles, flipped the switch on a 750-gallon portable pump and stacked sandbags three feet high to protect the fire station from the severe March 2010 floodwaters. While the sandbags blocked the floodwaters from filling the building, they did not stop torrential flows from Brushy Brook and Wood River from eroding 1,200 square feet of the station’s parking lot.

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