West Warwick, RI – "I still have nightmares," she said. "And actually every time I step foot in the school, it actually has affected me."
The damage is considerable. A layer of black sludge covers the floors, which will probably have to be replaced. Earlier this week, teachers wearing masks and plastic bags over their shoes picked through the wreckage to see what they could salvage. One teacher says she lost everything in her first grade classroom.
Providence, RI – One of the joys of living in Rhode Island is that we're surrounded by remarkably creative artists and their often provocative words, images, and sounds. As Lynnie Gobeille tells us, sometimes we can find the fruits of artists' labor in some very unlikely spots in the Ocean State.
Cranston, RI – "We've been here since 1960, and we never had a puddle in our driveway," Schoeninger says.
Now, though, Schoeninger is wrestling with sadness and anger while trying to oversee the cleanup from the flood. His is just one of a string of industrial businesses along Worthington Road in Cranston.
"The inside of my building filled up with six feet of water," he says breaking down. "I lost everything. My business is done."
Providence, RI – Federal officials declared the entire Ocean State a disaster area following last week's flooding. That should provide aid for thousands of Rhode Islanders who now face the daunting task of rebuilding. WRNI's Elisabeth Harrison reports.
Providence, RI – Our state's bonded debt has ballooned from about $1.3 billion in 2002, Governor Lincoln Almond's last year in office, to roughly $2 billion in the fiscal year that begins this July.
Nobody at the State House or in the state's business community ever talks about this burden on our state's taxpayers. It is so much easier to blame employee pensions and health care benefits for bankrupting the state.
Providence, RI – Three days of steady rain caused the Blackstone River to swell dramatically - sending waves of water crashing down Valley Falls in the town of Cumberland, just north of Providence. About a dozen people watched in awe.
Among them, Laurie Lefebvre of Cumberland, who was stunned by the sight.
"This might impress some of these young guys out here that don't underestimate mother nature," she said. "Mother of all mothers."