Coventry neighborhood temporarily cut off by fallen tree

A tree brought down power lines on Bramble Bush Road in Coventry, effectively cutting off a neighborhood, Thursday, March 8, 2018. (WJAR)

Residents of northern Rhode Island woke up to a winter wonderland Thursday, but they were taking it in stride.

"No, the groundhog was right. I think we're going to see a little bit more before April comes," said Josh Fontaine of Pascoag.

Back-to-back nor'easters in Southern New England packed a punch, leaving some without electricity for days and leaving a lot of worry for people Thursday.

"Last night when the lights flickered on and off, yes I was. But it turned out to be OK. It was just a flicker. I think it lasted maybe a minute," Fontaine said.

Fontaine shoveled out his his car before work and was happy to have power. His neighbor up the street said they give that credit to the Pascoag Utility District.

"Usually if we do lose power, it's not for long. They get us right back up," Michael Kogut said.

It was a different story on Bramble Bush Road in Coventry. A giant tree fell, bringing down wires and blocking neighbors in.

"It's all blocked off. If something ever happened, we could never get out. I'm being picked up now. My daughter's coming to take me to work," said Jim Shultz.

Suzanne Shultz called the tree into National Grid at about 4 a.m.

"How long is going to take them to clean this tree up and fix the wires?" she wondered.

The tree was cleared and the power was restored before noon.

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