Obama Officials to Tour Beach Rebuilding Efforts in Westerly

Jul 8, 2013

Members of President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy taskforce will be in Rhode Island Monday touring coastal areas hit by last year’s storm.  Westerly officials will make their case for more financial help.

Atlantic Avenue in Westerly is still in need of repair, after being destroyed by superstorm Sandy last year.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

The south coast took a beating, with 150 homes and 30 businesses damaged just in Westerly. Town Manager Steven Hartford says funding is needed to rebuild, elevate and drain Atlantic Avenue, which was severely flooded during Sandy. He said Rhode Island may not have grabbed headlines during the storm, but it needs help too.

“We know that there’s going to be billions of dollars available for storm damaged areas. We know that most of that’s probably going to go to New Jersey and New York, but we’re hoping that some of that will trickle down Rhode Island," said Hartford.

Hartford said Westerly could use about $7 million dollars for the Atlantic Avenue project and to dredge Winnapaug Pond.

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