The following information has been released from the City of Newport;

RELIGHTING PROCESS HAS BEGUN

National Grid has informed the City that crews have been authorized to begin the re-light process, which will restore natural gas service to homes affected by the ongoing gas outage.

Residents are urged not to attempt to turn their meters or gas appliances on by themselves. Attempting to do so is extremely dangerous and may hinder the restoration process. National Grid and their mutual-aid technicians must handle all meter turn-ons and appliance re-lights. National Grid will contact impacted customers with an automated call to inform them the re-lights have begun in their neighborhoods. . In order to help facilitate the process, all affected customers are encouraged to update their account information with the most up to date contact information, either by logging into your National Grid account, or calling 1-800-870-1664.

Currently, a force of more than 600 service technicians will blanket all 19 impacted zones at once, however please note that this process is expected to last throughout the day and overnight. National Grid is encouraging customers to be available at their homes and businesses today and tomorrow to help expedite their restoration. . Residents in their homes overnight are also asked to leave their porch light on if they’re open to allowing National Grid access to the premises overnight.

Additionally, please be aware that National Grid crews must wear identifying tags and will generally not ask for customer account information.

If you detect the smell gas, please dial 9-1-1. Thank you for your patience during these past days, and we will continue to provide updates over the course of the outage over our social media channels and the City’s website.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.