Police field widespread calls for service, power outages during Friday’s storm

Police field widespread calls for service, power outages during Friday’s storm

A tree fell on Sebille Road in Smithfield and crushed the front of a UPS truck last Friday. The driver escaped unscathed. (Breeze photo by Brad Poirier)

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Local police officers responded to more than 40 calls for service during the height of last Friday’s rain and wind storm, said Chief of Police David Tikoian.

The town sustained widespread power outages, particularly along Mineral Spring Avenue, rendering traffic signals inoperable from Centredale all the way up to Douglas Avenue, he said.

Tikoian said during the storm that all hands were on deck as the town dealt with dozens of downed trees impacting roads and power lines. One fallen tree caused High Service Avenue to be shut down coming from Smith Street, meaning the only access to Our Lady of Fatima Hospital was from Mineral Spring Avenue.

Police fielded the following calls:

• Four calls for trees on wires, one each on Ivan Street, Smithfield Road, High Service Avenue and Robert Drive.

• Five calls for trees down, one each on Bellevue Avenue, Towanda Drive, Sunset Avenue, Swan Street and Pensaukee Avenue. (There were many other trees down on streets that did not prompt a call to police.)

• Eleven calls for wires down, including wires on Gillen, Maplecrest, Monogahela and Waterman Avenues, Smithfield Road, Countryside Drive, Emanuel Street, Summit Avenue, Mineral Spring Avenue, Meadow Road and Fruit Hill Avenue.

• Two calls for telephone poles down, one on Angell Road and one on Obed Avenue.

• Six calls for accidents, and police made two arrests as a result. Three accidents happened on Mineral Spring Avenue, two on Smithfield Road, and one on Charles Street. One of the Mineral Spring Avenue accidents resulted in a DUI arrest and another resulted in an arrest on a Superior Court bench warrant.

• Nine calls for residential and business alarms, including incidents on Carriage Way, Smithfield Road, Orchard Lane, Mineral Spring Avenue, Nelson Street, Social Street, John F. Kennedy Circle, Wellesley Avenue and Mineral Spring Avenue.

• And three calls for miscellaneous police service.

According to a post by town officials last Friday afternoon, several areas of town were without power. Emergency personnel were working hard to remove or secure the hazards, it stated, and National Grid had a number of crews in town.

As of Monday evening, the National Grid website was showing fewer than 100 customers still without power in North Providence.

A tree blocks the roadway along Westview Avenue last Saturday following a wind and rain storm that knocked out power to much of the area. (Breeze photo by Kevin Ahern)
Downed trees did damage to three poles and ripped off streetlights along Salem Street during last week’s storm.
Town communications director Ralph Nahigian fixes the wires along Smithfield Road last Saturday after a tree and pole came down there.