Cleanup Starts After Sandy's Surge
Barrington was getting back to normal Tuesday morning after 'Sandy's' sideswipe of southern New England Monday, Oct. 29, but 703 customers were still without power Tuesday morning.
Cleanup from Sandy began in earnest Tuesday morning in Barrington even as things started getting back to normal.
More than 700 National Grid customers were still without power, though, late Tuesday morning. Most of those customers live in the Nayatt and Rumstick neighborhoods and along Mathewson Road, which was flooded by the Barrington River.
Hampden Meadows, often hit hard by falling tree limbs in past storms, was spared this time around, it appears.
You could hear the sound of sump pumps draining water from homes along Mathewson Road and nearby streets early Tuesday morning. Debris littered many of the front yards along that street and showed the height of the water as the high tide rolled in last night.
The Barrington River rose to Mathewson Road height again early Tuesday morning but did not top last evening’s flooding into front yards on that street. The street was flooded and closed as was and the intersection with County Road briefly last evening.
Water also poured over County Road and surrounded the "White Church" last evening at high tide. Reportedly, a Barrington police cruiser on routine storm patrol got stuck in the water briefly.
Homeowners along Bullock’s Cove in Bay Spring also started bouncing back from Sandy, which was downgraded to tropical storm status during the mid-evening Monday even as the water rose at high tide.
Several joggers ran down Mathewson Road Tuesday morning, avoiding the puddle-laden street. A handful of walkers also were out early taking in the aftermath of Sandy along the river. Barrington's fire chief also was spotted taking inventory on Mathewson Road.
Barrington schools were closed today. They are expected to reopen Wednesday after two days off. See some photos along the river this morning.