Important Message from Town Manager Maryanne Crawford

Fri, 01/28/2022 - 9:30am
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The Town of New Shoreham is under a winter storm warning, along with much of southeastern New England. Wind gusts of 40 to 50 miles per hour are anticipated, with significant snow fall, and astronomical high tides that can impact roads, particularly east-facing.

The town is taking the necessary steps to prepare. High tides in the next 24 to 36 hours could be problematic. Depending on the storm’s exact direction and distance offshore, we anticipate strong winds with the potential for power outages and snow accumulations likely between 12 to 18 inches. We recommend all residents begin making their own personal preparations, and please take some time to check on any elderly neighbors who may need assistance.

  • Some may experience power outages, make sure you have flashlights ready, cell phones charged and available. Those on wells may want to partially fill a sink or pans with water in advance for flushing toilets, etc.
  • Some roads may become temporarily impassable due to blizzard-like conditions. Please stay inside during the storm.
  • All emergency services will be available, please call 911 only in case of an emergency.

History has shown us that the team at Interstate Navigation will be doing their best to keep the ferries running safely. Please understand that a storm of this magnitude invariably results in canceled ferries for a period of time, sometimes for more than a day. The best place to find information about cancellations and any adjustments to the ferry schedule is Interstate Navigation’s website: www.blockislandferry.com.