Digging Out With Power Returning
Power was mostly off in Barrington early Sunday afternoon after the Blizzard of '13; decision on schools will wait until late Sunday; Atria Bay Spring Village to serve as shelter.
With large swaths of Barrington still without power Sunday morning, town officials and Atria Bay Spring Village have reached an agreement to move the emergency shelter to West Barrington from Primrose Hill School.
"Atria has agreed to provide shelter, food and beds for anyone who still does not have heat and power," said Town Manager Peter DeAngelis Jr.
DeAngelis, Police Chief John LaCross and Emergency Management Director Victor Texeira met with Atria officials early Sunday morning to work out the details.
"It's the first time we've done this," said DeAngelis. "Atria has really stepped up."
Approximately 50 Barrington residents spent the night at Primrose Hill School, he said. A few stragglers remained Sunday morning.
Power was returning to Barrington Sunday morning in what seemed to be a spotty manner. Stores on the north side of the Barrington Shopping Plaza, for instance, had electricity. Stores on the south side did not.
A couple of CVS/pharmacy workers were spotted shoveling snow into a large trash bag and then carrying it into the dark store. Meanwhile, across the plaza, customers seeking a hot coffee or latte for breakfast were bustling in and out of the Starbucks.
North on County Road, the BP gas station was filled with cars being filled with gasoline. The Shell station across the street was open as well, but out of gasoline. A delivery was expected Sunday after the station ran out late Friday.
Dunkin' Donuts also seemed to be doing quite a bit of business. But not far away, Maple Avenue appeared to be quiet except for out and about motorists.
The Rumstick neighborhood was alive with kids playing, walkers, joggers, dogs being walked and several National Grid repair trucks. But no power anywhere.
West Barrington seemed out of power completely. So did Hampden Meadows and the Primrose Hill neighborhoods and north Barrington near Riverside. But there were some individual houses that had outside lights on. Who knows? Probably generators.
The town manager said National Grid has informed him that power is expected to be returned to all or most of Barrington by midnight tonight. A decision on opening the schools won't be made until later Sunday when there is a better estimate from National Grid about power returning.
DPW crews were clearing the lots of snow just in case.