NEW: Chafee Not Cancelling Halloween Statewide, Westerly Delays
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The governor has issued a statement today urging Rhode Islanders to trick or treat with caution, given the widespread damage in the wake of this week's devastating hurricane.
"Some fun after a difficult few days"
"Halloween offers an opportunity for Rhode Island children and families to have some fun after a difficult few days for our state," said Chafee in an official statement released today. "However, due to Hurricane Sandy, this Halloween will be different, and I urge all Rhode Islanders to exercise abundant caution, particularly after dark."
Reminding that Rhode Island is still dealing with the effects of Hurricane Sandy, including extensive damage to roadways and sidewalks, fallen trees, downed power lines, and widespread power outages, "Anyone out – whether driving or on foot – in areas with debris and without power must exercise extreme caution and vigilance," said Chafee.
Westerly postpones downtown Halloween event
Meanwhile, one of Rhode Island's towns hardest hit by Sandy has had to postpone its downtown Trick or Treat event until Wednesday, Nov. 7, according to Lisa Konicki, executive director of the Westerly-Pawcatuck Chamber of Commerce.
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