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(This story has been updated to reflect postponement of school opening to Friday.)
While East Greenwich cleans up after Hurricane Irene and residents slowly regain power, school vacation has been extended yet another day.
School opening has been pushed back a second day to Friday, but as of Tuesday afternoon, several of the town's schools did not have power back, including East Greenwich High School. The School Department's Peirce Street offices were closed and its main 885-3300 number was not operative Tuesday afternoon.
Teacher and staff orientation is scheduled for Thursday, with class scheduled to begin Friday for all students with the exception of kindergartners, whose classes will begin Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Town Manager William Sequino Jr. said 2,700 local households were without power as of Tuesday afternoon, down from a total of 5,700 that lost power when high winds knocked down power lines and trees Sunday morning. Some residents have also been left without water or landline telephone service as a result of the storm.
Two pump stations remained on generator power Tuesday, he said, in the Sun Valley subdivision and on Hemlock Drive.
Town Public Works Director Joseph Duarte urged residents to leave branches and brush at curbside and not bring them to the transfer station. He said trash pickup will be delayed one day throughout town this week.
Those with spoiled food, he said, are asked to double-bag it and put it out curbside on their trash pickup day or to bring it to the transfer station on Saturday.
For additional updates from town officials, go to www.eastgreenwichri.com.