[Thank you commenter. The RIDOT web site confirms that Route 95 in both directions is now open.]
Okay, the weather is going to help out a little here and Warwick officials are reporting that 80% of sewer service has been restored. The Governor just gave a news conference (Thursday noon) stating that maybe, just maybe, Route 95 can be brought back online before this evening’s rush hour. This might be a good time to mention how useful local news gathering outlets are in times like this. Today’s Providence Journal had great coverage by Tom Mooney et al., with fantastic photos by Sandor Bodo and Mary Murphy. I checked in with Channel 10 and ABC6 quite a bit over the last couple of days and they were getting the job done as well with camera crews and reporters out and about. Bloggers just won’t do that.
However, for those lucky enough not to be losing homes and businesses, rushing rivers can make pretty compelling viewing. One of the best places to stare at water may be the Slater Mill from Main Street in Pawtucket. Words can’t describe the volume and speed of the river crashing through the bridge here. It’s just mesmerizing. More pix after jump.
below: the blackstone river under main street in pawtucket
below: looking south from main street bridge in pawtucket