Charlestown’s Town Council got ahead of Tuesday’s storm by declaring a state of emergency

Charlestown’s Town Council got ahead of Tuesday’s storm by declaring a state of emergency

CHARLESTOWN — Talk of Tuesday’s impending snowstorm, predicted to dump as much as a foot or more on the region, led the Charlestown Town Council on Monday night to declare a state of emergency.

“It’s for if the governor declares an emergency, or if there are any available federal or state funds, that would allow Charlestown to access it,” Town Administrator Mark S. Stankiewicz said.

In addition, the town declaration gives the public works and police and emergency responders permission to expend funds as necessary during the storm to maintain public safety, he said.

“It’s predicted to be a pretty nasty storm,” Stankiewicz said.

Kevin Gallup, the town’s emergency management director, said the storm is projected to be as bad or worse than the two previous ones in the past 11 days.

“The first two beat me up,” he said.

National Grid will use Ninigret Park as a county-wide staging area for spare utility poles and transformers, Gallup said. That’s in addition to staging areas at the Community College of Rhode Island campuses in Warwick and Lincoln.

The staging areas are for use when supplies run out at National Grid depots at Providence and North Kingstown, Gallup said. The utility’s next closest depot is in Melrose, Mass., he said.

“We offered up Ninigret Park a few years ago for the county,” Gallup said. “So if they’re changing poles here, in Hopkinton or Richmond, they only have to come back to here instead of going to North Kingstown, Providence or Melrose. So that has worked out well.”

The storm was projected to dump between 12 and 18 inches of snow, mostly the “light, fluffy” variety, Gallup said.

“But that could change,” he said.


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