2012 News Countdown: Superstorm Sandy devastates part of RI shoreline

Jan 1, 2013

Waves crash over Narragansett sea wall.
Credit Kristin Gourlay


It was a busy year in the Ocean State, and Rhode Island Public Radio’s counting down the top
ten news stories of 2012. At number three is the damage brought by Superstorm Sandy.  

By the time Sandy hit Rhode Island, it was no longer a hurricane, but that didn’t stop the
storm from raking across the state, taking chunks out of the southern coastline. Westerly and
nearby Charlestown took the brunt of the hit. At Misquamicut Beach, businesses and homes were
severely damaged, with flooding widespread. The storm pushed several feet of sand into nearby
The storm also brought widespread power outages. The governor and both of the state’s US
Senators powered their homes with generators those few days after the Sandy hit.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency put a price tag on Sandy’s damage to the Ocean State
at $14 million. Residents have until January 14 to register for FEMA assistance.

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