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Westerly residents, businesses prepare for impending storm

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By: Melissa Toupin

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There's no rest for the weary in hard hit Westerly. The coastline community suffered a major blow from Hurricane Sandy back in October. Then last month it felt the effects of the blizzard. Now Misquamicut residents and businesses are again preparing for the worst.

"Just when you think you're all set—it's all over with, and here it comes again," said Atlantic Ave. resident Doreen Reilly. "It's very frustrating and upsetting."

Reilly rents her home which sits right on the water. She toughed it out fro the first two storms, but the threat of more snow and the potential for flooding has her on edge.

"I packed my car this time, and I'm making sure that I'm out of here before the water comes," said Reilly.

At Paddy's Beach Restaurant the impending winter storm has them battening down the hatches.

"We just buttoned everything up," said owner Paul Doyle. "So we've got tarps over everything, and that should take care of it… hopefully."

But try as they might there's one thing those who depend on the beach can't protect. The sand. Beach erosion remains a big concern along the coastline. Residents are left wondering if the latest storm will undo all of the efforts taken to restore their beach.

Each storm is a major setback in Misquamicuts' race to be open by the start of tourist season in May.

"Combined we probably lost probably 2 working weeks," said Doyle. "We're defiantly under the gun."

Businesses in the sea-side summer retreat are still vowing to meet their deadline…no matter what Mother Nature throws at them.

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