Man still stuck inside home 19 days after blizzard

Mike Graham walks on a snow-covered street, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, in Marlborough, Mass. New England and portions of New York state awoke Monday to a fresh blanket of snow as a storm threatening to bring up to 1 to 2 feet to some areas churned across the Northeast, making for a slippery, tedious commute to start the workweek. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Serve Rhode Island is once again looking for volunteers to help people shovel out from the upcoming weekend storm.

It’s become a dire situation for some, as Serve Rhode Island has received a phone call from a man who has been stuck in his house for 19 days since the blizzard.

“He said ‘I’m out of food. I’m out of milk. I’m out of bread. I can’t get out, I’m 84 years old. He said I’ve got asthma,’ he’s not able to shovel,” Bernie Beaudreau of Serve Rhode Island explained. “He just recently called us, so I think there are a number of elderly who have held off asking for help for whatever reason and now we’re starting to hear about them after they really run out of their own resources and their own ideas.”

According to Beaudreau, a total of 148 Serve Rhode Island volunteers have completed 522 shoveling jobs around the state since January 28. He said a lot of the volunteers are understandably tired and a relief team is needed.

“We need some new volunteers to get through the rest of our list; which is about 80 that we haven’t gotten to. Plus, another probably 400 come after the storm, depending on how severe the storm is.”

The organization said they unfortunately cannot meet everyone’s needs.

“Those without neighbors, family or resources for paid services, and those with medical conditions demanding their quick clearance of snow are our first priority,” Beaudreau said.

There are currently 78 residents still seeking assistance from this week’s snow storm.

For more information on how you can help, visit Sign up is easy and only takes about five minutes. Beaudreau said volunteers will be up and running after a quick background check. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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