One year later, the effects of Superstorm Sandy are still being felt in South County, throughout Rhode Island and along the East Coast.
Sandy struck Oct. 29, 2012, wreaking havoc amounting to $65 billion in damages in just the United States.
When Sandy hit Rhode Island it caused widespread devastation and affected approximately 300,000 residents, or 28 percent of the state’s population.
Mandatory local evacuations were ordered in eight communities. Approximately 122,000 homes and businesses lost electricity as a result of the storm, and an estimated 40,000 remained without power for two or more days. The highest concentration of storm damage was located in Rhode Island’s southern coastal communities, primarily caused by storm surge and high winds.
Rebuilding continues throughout the country and while progress has been made and grants have been allocated, there is still work to be done.
Jon Schock, public services director for South Kingstown, said the town “had a relatively easy clean-up compared to what happened in Misquamicut.”
There was some over wash of beach materials, mainly on Matunuck Beach Road, and the town had to repair the water main that runs along the barrier beach between Matunuck and East Matunuck. The town also lost about 500 feet of Charlestown Beach Road in the storm, which has since been repaired.
Schock said the town is in the process of relocating the Matunuck water main.
Pick up today's Narragansett Times for more on the ongoing Sandy recovery