Recovery status

September 3rd, 2011

Town of Lyme​​Conditions as of Sunday, September 4, 2011 8:00 AM
 
For information:​​Call Lyme Town Hall 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM M-F ​860.434.7733
​​​Town Hall and Lyme Public Library have resumed normal hours (see extended library hours listed below)
​​​Stop at the Information Table at the Hamburg Fire Station 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM daily
 
POWER IS BEING RESTORED INTERMITTENTLY.  ASSUME ALL DOWNED WIRES ARE ENERGIZED AND STAY CLEAR!
CL&P:  Downed lines:  call 911.  Outages:  1-800-286-2000 (restoration estimates should be available by calling this number).  ​IMPORTANT:  If you are not restored when others around you are, call 1-800-286-2000 to report your outage.
 
Restoration Update:  As all of you know, restoration efforts are ongoing.  We would like to update you in a more comprehensive fashion, however Saturday we had no informational contact with CL&P to definitively inform us as to how many crews were in town and where they were working.  Hopefully, when our CL&P liaison returns today, we will be able to access that information so that we may pass it on to you.  If your power has been restored, consider yourself fortunate.  The CL&P webpage indicates that only 50% of our residents have power as of 5:00 PM Saturday.  This will continue to be a protracted, frustrating endeavor.  The town is doing the best that it can given the informational difficulties that we have encountered to date to provide you with the most current status reports we can.  Given our frustration level, town officials would hope that our residents will continue to exhibit the patience and spirit of cooperation that has made restoration efforts to date a positive exercise versus the alternative.
 
We have no information relative to AT&T and Comcast restoration.  If you are experiencing loss of service, report it.  For issues with AT&T call 611 or go to att.com if you are able.  For issues with Comcast, call 1-800-266-2278.  The Board of Selectmen suggests that even if you have reported your difficulties one time, if you can stand the process delays, you should call them repeatedly as that appears to be the only way that we can register our discontent with their total inability to provide even marginal service to their subscribers.  Neither company to this point has had the courtesy to contact town officials at the emergency operations center to inform us so that we in turn can inform you as to what their restoration plan and timeframe is.
 
Regular Lyme Landfill hours have resumed.  The normal length and diameter restrictions for brush apply (length eight feet, diameter 6 inches).  The landfill will not be open on Monday September 5 due to the Labor Day holiday.  It will reopen on Thursday, September 8 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM with the exception of noon to 1:00 PM.
 
The Lyme Library will be open on Sunday, September 4 from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM and on Monday, September 5 from
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  Internet time on their computers is limited to one hour per person to be fair to all.  WiFi is available for those who bring their own laptops.  Free coffee is available.
 
Lymes’ Senior Center on Town Woods Road is serving as a respite center.  It is open 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM for water (bring your own containers), toilets, WiFi, recharging of cell phones/laptops, and hot meals.  No shower facilities.
 
Lyme’s Hamburg Fire Station, 213 Hamburg Road, is open 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM for water (bring own containers), bottled water, MREs (meals ready to eat), showers (bring own towels/toiletries), and toilets.  Residents may recharge cell phones and laptops as well.  The Hadlyme station may also be available, as staffing allows, as a comfort station with the same services available.
 
Ice is available at Old Lyme Seafood on Route 156 (just past Hallmarks) during regular store hours (10:00 AM – 6:00 PM).  You may receive two bags of ice per person per day free of charge.
 
Helpful hint:  Tired of using batteries to light your house at night?  Use the solar lights that line your sidewalk and driveway.  Leave them out all day to charge, and then bring them into the house for the evening to light your night.
 
Local businesses that are open:
Jane’s, Hadlyme Country Store, Ashlawn Farm – all have power
Coffee’s Market deli 6:30 AM – 7:00 PM; gas 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM; Laysville Hardware – 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
All Pro Gas Station – 6:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Illianos Restaurant – 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Big Y Market & Rite Aid Pharmacy, Old Lyme – fully operational – power restored
Stop & Shop – East Lyme and Old Saybrook – never lost power
Walmart – Old Saybrook
Rogers Lake Package Store – ice
Laundromat: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  It is located off Exit 3 in Essex.  They have change if you don’t.
 
Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools:  School is currently scheduled to resume Tuesday, September 6.
 
Jansky’s Rubbish Removal is operating on their regular schedule.  Should you require an emergency pickup, call 860-304-3537.