In 2013, the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission (RIHPHC) was awarded $3.2 million from the National Park Service to rehabilitate and preserve historic properties and sites impacted by Hurricane Sandy through a grant program.
Hurricane Sandy Disaster Recovery: Rhode Island’s Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Preservation: Final Report (2019) compiles information about Grant Projects, as well as Archaeological Surveys and the development of a Geographical Information System for historic preservation planning and management.
From the Introduction:
"Rhode Island’s historic properties are most densely clustered in the same coastal areas that bore the brunt of Hurricane Sandy’s damage. In Newport, entire sections of Rhode Island’s most visited tourist attraction, the historic Newport Cliff Walk, were washed away by a huge storm surge. Westerly reported the highest sustained winds (68 mph) and gusts (86 mph) anywhere in New England, and at the town’s Watch Hill Lighthouse, the seawall was largely demolished, fences crumpled, and the road ripped up and buried in boulders.
"All five of Rhode Island’s counties touch the Atlantic Ocean or Narragansett Bay, and all five received Presidential disaster declarations in the aftermath of the storm. Sandy’s effects also rippled throughout the state’s economy, in which heritage tourism and our historic resources play a huge role. To address these many needs, RIHPHC used the disaster relief grant to fund a competitive sub-grant program for the repair and rehabilitation of properties that suffered hurricane-related damage. RIHPHC awarded over $1.8 million in sub-grants to recipients including homeowners repairing damage to private property, municipalities restoring civic landmarks, and non-profit organizations restoring beloved public spaces."
If you have any questions about the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties, please contact Katherine Pomplun at (401)222-4131.