Prudence Island residents may be able to finally turn on lights and power up electric chainsaws, as well as breathe a sigh of relief, after today.
National Grid plans hopes to restore electricity to about 450 Prudence Island residents today. Prudence Island has been without electricity since the height of Hurricane Sandy on Monday afternoon.
"They are still without electricity," said John King, Portsmouth's emergency management director, on Thursday afternoon.
According to King, two National Grid trucks with crew will travel on the Prudence Island Ferry at 6 a.m. Friday. The crews will then travel throughout the island to restore power.
Due to the loss of electricity, the Prudence Island Fire Department has been in operations 24-hours per day since the storm. The fire department is typically only manned part-time.
Hurricane Sandy knocked out power for 50,000 customers throughout Rhode Island. A few scattered locations in Portsmouth are still without power, King said.
To report an outage or downed power lines, residents are reminded to contact National Grid at 800-465-1212.