PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Islanders are being encouraged to use caution when digging out from the snow left behind by the winter storm.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee (CHAY'-fee) says anyone with heart problems or other health issues should avoid strenuous shoveling. He encouraged people to help their neighbors and check on any elderly relatives or acquaintances.
State health director Michael Fine says people also need to remember to stay hydrated when shoveling snow. He says that shovelers should stop if they feel a shortness of breath or weakness. He also encouraged people to dress warmly and stay dry when outside.
The storm left as much as two feet of snow throughout much of Rhode Island.