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What Grade Would You Give Newport for Plowing the Streets?

Newport residents, how well did the town handle the snowstorm?

Is your street clear? Are you still buried? Is your mailbox still standing?

On Friday and Saturday, Newport experienced a snow storm it will not soon forget. Several residents took to Facebook and Twitter to talk about the plowing.

Yeserday, we asked how Newport residents what grade they would give the city for plowing the streets. Here's what a few residents had to say:

Nadine Ryno Madeline Drive not bad but slippery

Melissa Michalski I give them a 0 terrible job nothing plowed in Side streets

Morgan Capodilupo Zero out of ten, would not recommend.

Brigid OBrien since I live across from the fire station my street is good!  and they even helped me scoop a little out of my driveway!

Brian Kinsella By noon the mini plow had finished clearing all the trails by hanging rock. No complaints here.

Katie Bluemling Sheldon Thought they did a good job over near bedlow

Kim Gentry F - Have not seen one plow on my Street (Burnside ave - Newport) this whole storm! Still waiting!..... :(

As the piles of snow remain, we want to know how you grade the town's response (or state's) to yesterday's major snowstorm. Does the town get an A? B? C? F?

Tell us what you think below in the Comments section. Please mention if you live on a town or state road. 

Patricia A. Rose February 10, 2013 at 11:17 AM
FRom what I see they did the best they could.
John M February 10, 2013 at 12:11 PM
good job
Top of the Hill February 10, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Pretty good job plowing, but how does one of the poorest cities in the state not manage to have a warming shelter? Unless I'm mistaken, the nearest one is at Gaudet in Middletown. Excellent planning as usual, Newport - the happiest coastal city.
not a free loading tird February 10, 2013 at 01:26 PM
move then
Daphne February 10, 2013 at 01:39 PM
I live on Malbone Rd which usually gets done rather quickly and this storm was no exception. It's probably the only good reason for living on this road!!
Shelley Mathes February 10, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Berkeley Terrace still is not plowed......apparently a downed cable line at one end. I do not know why the city could not have plowed the other end of the street, as it is not a dead end....
pferd February 10, 2013 at 02:44 PM
cut the stupid branches and limbs of the trees that keep causing these power outage problems and maintain them. maintenance should not be performed in a storm. right now nothing is being done to keep the lines clear of branches and limbs. just look around and look at all the power lines entangled in tree branches - some of them have actually joined the tree and grown into it. it is no wonder we have to tolerate this crap everytime there is a little storm. maybe it is too expensive to bury the cable (but that is only we are such a corrupt society) but it is not too expensive to keep the lines clear. morons.
NotMyGOP February 10, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Gotta agree with the tree branch complaints. Nat grid deserves an F. There's no excuse for their not keeping the lines clear.
Daphne February 10, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Someone was cutting the tree branches along Malbone for about a week not long ago. I thought it was National Grid. However, there are two trees next to my house with big long branches hanging into the lines that didn't get done.
Toni February 10, 2013 at 05:20 PM
I am a long distance Newporter. Everyone whats to live on the island. Everyone points the finger at someone else. Count your blessings. For you to be able to comment tells me you might have electric. Do the community some good and go to those who do not have what you have. Someone does not have a hot bowl of soup or coffee. Then when you come home.,You will feel better what you have. That is how I was brought up in Newport.
Terri Burgess February 10, 2013 at 06:40 PM
not a great job on my street. Only saw the plow truck once and that was during the heaviest of snow fall....Bad rating from me....
Bounder9 February 10, 2013 at 07:08 PM
All so many people do is complain and criticize. This storm was filled with obstacles for so many in so many different ways . I'm sure every last municipal plow that could get out thre did, ditto with Natinal Grid. Maybe you're all too young to remember what winter is really like? These conditions were an inconvenience -and a VERRRY cold one for those of us without power but here we are a day later enjoying some outside exercise, a beautiful day, and hopefully a hot meal. Life's not too bad after all, is it?
John Weisley February 10, 2013 at 07:24 PM
A+ excellent job. All the major streets are clear. If you live on a side street with off street parking, you shouldn't have any expectations. If a plow went down your street it would compact the snow around your car and block you in for 2 extra days. Whenever the plow guys ran across a tree that had come donwn, they were out in three seconds with chain saws cutting it up and getting it out of the way.
LK February 10, 2013 at 07:34 PM
Not sure, have not dug out car yet, may wait until Spring, hee hee
Linda Petrone February 10, 2013 at 08:36 PM
They should have had every car parked on the street towed...These make it impossible as well as dangerous for them to do their job...Start enforcing the towing and see how fast people will do as they are asked..The police drove through town for hours announcing over their pa system to MOVE YOUR CARS OFF THE STREET....
Brian February 10, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Gaudet is the Regional shelter for the area designated by the state -- It is not just "Middletown's shelter", but the Island's shelter. Shelters require generators, bathrooms (bathing areas), cooking facilities, ADA compliance, etc, so just anywhere cannot be used. It has been found that on average about 10 people occupy a shelter, but need 15-20 people to staff it. Due to limited numbers of volunteers, as well as medical and security personnel, it was determine (by state, national, Red Cross consensus) that regional shelters were a better utilization of limited resources. The State and Red Cross will only provide support to the regional shelter, therefore, one isn't located in Newport. For your information, Newport Housing attempted to use Florence Gray Center and Donovan Manor as warming centers for this storm, but were quickly overwhelmed due to lack of adequate staffing. The "guests" were evacuated to Gaudet during the height of the storm by police and fire personnel. Newport set up a shuttle service for residents that requested transport to the shelter throughout the ordeal.
stephen wilcox February 10, 2013 at 10:27 PM
not until sunday morning sometime did a plow ride up burnside ave(with plow down) and do a half-ass job but at least a vehicle could drive up street but....the side street DAVIS CT was still not plowed as of 1pm on sunday...It is almost AMAZING how west main road was plowed down to the pavement on sunday morning and a few feet past light entering NEWPORT on broadway, the snow was high enough to go ski-ing. i saw more snow plow vehicles with their plow up then DOWN.had to walk up broadway several times to 84 yr old mothers house to take care of her thru storm. The majority of side streets off broadway were plowed and probably driveable but i guess their neighborhoods pay more TAXES (not)... BTW my score for the job would be a 0...steve w. home owner burnside ave
LK February 11, 2013 at 12:07 AM
When I said I have not dug out my car yet,, my car is parked in a private parking lot for people who live on the property where we pay rent,,, not on the Newport streets..
Erin Tiernan February 11, 2013 at 01:44 AM
As a West Narragansett Avenue resident, my street wasn't plowed very well, but there are cars parked on both sides of the street so that definitely impeded the town's efforts. Most of the major throughways were plowed pretty though.
Linda Petrone February 11, 2013 at 03:17 AM
Im wondering if in the future the public parking area might be used for those who normally park on the street during emergency situations like the blizzard???? Anyone know if thats ever been tried????
5th Warder February 11, 2013 at 12:10 PM
During Sandy, we were able to park cars for free in the public parking garage down at the Gateway Center. I left a car there for about two days, no problem. But only part of Newport gets flooded. All of Newport got dumped on with snow. That would be a lot of cars for the garage.
frank macedo February 11, 2013 at 03:41 PM
your,e an idiot what happens when half the city citizens don,t have driveways do they park 2 miles away and get a ride from you! lot a good ideas why don't you keep your'e stupidity to your self

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