Sandy status October 31

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Town of Lyme
Conditions as of Wernesday, October 31, 2012 8:00 am

For information: As of this writing, there are no communications to the Emergency Operations Center located at the Hamburg Fire Station. For information, please come to the information table located at the Hamburg Fire Station at 213 Hamburg Road. As soon as communications are restored, we will update the wen site.

Road Conditions: With the exception of Mitchell Hill Road, all town roads are open to traffic end to end. Mitchell Hill is the first priority Wednesday morning once we have a tree and electric crew on site.

Power Status: We are currently in the Clear and Make Safe phase of the process of restoring power to the town. Exact power restoration estimates are not yet available. We are being told to expect a restoration time frame similar to what we experienced following Tropical Stoem Irene in August of last year. Please be sure to report any downed lines by calling 911 and any outages by calling CL&P at 1-800-286-2000 if you are able to do so. Even if you have not seen them, CL&P crews have been a constant presence in Lyme since it was safe to work following the hurricane. We have also had a CL&P liason officer at the Emergency Operations Center since noon on Monday. Please assume all downed wires are energized and stay clear!

Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools are closed today.

Lyme Town Hall and Lyme Landfill: As of this writing, the Lyme Town Hall will remain closed today. Residents may register to vote or obtain an absentee ballot by coming to the Hamburg Fire Station between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. In person voter registration has been extended to Thursday, November 1. Please check at the information table at the Hamburg Fire Station prior to traveling to the landfill. The hours of operation are to be determined. As a reminder, the normal length and diameter restrictions for trees and brush will apply (length eight feet, diameter six inches).

Lyme’s Senior Center on Town Woods Road is available daily from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm as a respite center. Water (bring your own containers), bottled water, toilets, recharging electronic devices, WiFi, and meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are available. No shower facilities.

Hadlyme and Hamburg Fire Stations are open 6:00 am to 8:00 pm for water (bring your own containers), showers (bring own towels/toiletries), bottled water, and toilets. Residents may recharge electronic devices as well. No meals.

Ice: Ice is available in the parking area between the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School and Center School.

Trash Pickup: Tuesday trash pickups, as well as normal Thursday pickups, will be done on Thursday, November 1. For an emergency pickup, please contact Jansky’s Rubbish Removal at 860.304.3537.

Business Update – Stores that are open:
Jane’s store (Hamburg), Laysville Hardware and Coffee’s Market Deli (Old Lyme). Commerce on Halls Road, including Big Y, has had power restored. Many businesses in Old Saybrook are open. As of this writing, the stairs of the Hadlyme Country Store is unknown. All-Pro is open for business but does not have gas. Boston Post Road in Old Lyme has power.

Hurricane Update – Monday, October 29, 2012 – 10:30 AM

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Hurricane Update – Monday, October 29, 2012 – 10:30 AM:  The Town Hall and Landfill will be closing at 12:00 noon.  The deadline for in person voter registration has been extended to Thursday, November 1 at 8:00 PM.   BEFORE THE STORM:  If you require overnight shelter, you must go to the East Lyme Middle School located on Society Road, East Lyme.  This location is ADA compliant, pet friendly, and has a generator.  AFTER THE STORM:  The Lymes’ Senior Center will serve as a Respite Center.  Food and water will be available.  The Hadlyme and Hamburg Fire Stations will have showers and water available.  Both fire houses may also be used to recharge electronic devices.  Limited access highways (such as I-95, I-395, Route 9, Route 11, etc.) will CLOSE at 1:00 PM TODAY.  Should you require assistance dial 911 for emergencies and 211 for information.


Saturday, October 27th, 2012

As of Saturday morning, storm Sandy has been upgraded to hurricane status once again. Exactly where it will make landfall is still undetermined. Projections show it hitting as far south as southern New Jersey and as far north as Manhatten. Regardless of its ultimate path, Lyme can expect to experience strong winds, possibly of tropical storm force along with heavy rainfall over a period of several days.

Residents should take some basic precautionary steps now in order to be properly prepared when Sandy arrives probably some time Monday night or early Tuesday morning. An emergency supply kit should include:

1. A three day supply of water-at least one gallon per person per day

2. Food for at least three days-Canned/sealed or packaged foods and juices which do not require refrigeration or cooking-Foods for infants and the elderly

3. Non-electric can opener-cooking tools and fuel-paper plates and plastic utensils

4. Paper towels and toilet paper

5. Battery powered radio-flashlights and cell phone with extra batteries

6. Blankets/sleeping bags and pillows for each member of the family and a change of clothing

7. Baby supplies

8. First aid kit and prescription medications

9. Pet supplies-Food, pet carrier, leash and ID collar

10. Make sure all vehicles are fully fueled-Have an extra set of car keys credit cards and cash

Now is the time to make sure any generators are properly installed and have an adaquate fuel supply. Secure all yard furniture flower pots and tools to keep them from becoming airborne. make sure your LPG tanks are closed and properly secured. High water can tear tanks away from their bases and create floating hazards for rescue staff.

Lyme Emergency Management officials presently plan to open the town’s Emergency Operations Center sometime Monday night. The EOC number is 860-434-8693. If the need arises, both the Hamburg and Hadlyme fire stations will be open to provide services and information to residents needing assistance.

The town’s list of residents with special needs is being reviewed and they will be contacted at some point prior to the storm to make sure they will be safe and secure in their homes.


Friday, October 26th, 2012

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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012



All Mail-in Voter Registrations must be postmarked by October 23.

 The last day for in-person regular voter registration is October 30.  Applicants must appear in person at the Town Hall located at 480 Hamburg Road.  The Town Clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  The Registrars Office will be open 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM on October 30.   



Absentee ballots are available from Town Clerk and must be returned to the Town Clerk no later than8:00 PM on Election Day.

Requests for an absentee ballot may be made in person at the Town Clerk’s office or you may download an application from the Secretary of the State’s website at www.sots.ct/gov


The Electors of the Town of Lyme are hereby warned to meet at their respective polling place in said town on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, for the following purpose:

 To cast their votes for Presidential and Vice-Presidential electors, United States Senator, Representative in Congress, State Senator, State Representative, Registrar of Voters.

Notice is hereby given that the location of the polling place is as follows:

 Location of Polling Place

 Hamburg Fire Station

213 Hamburg Road

Lyme, CT 06371

Voting tabulators will be used.  The polls will be opened at six o’clock in the morning (6:00 AM) and will remain open until eight o’clock in the evening (8:00 PM).



Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Applications for FUEL ASSISTANCE will be taken on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16 at the LYMES’ SENIOR CENTER from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM.  For more information, call Kathy Tisdale at 860.434.1920.


Monday, October 1st, 2012

The Town of Lyme’s Registrars have published three more dates for voters to sign up to participate in the upcoming November 6, 2012 elections. They are as follows:

Saturday, October 20, 2012 between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM at the Lyme Town Hall, 480 Hamburg Road, Lyme, CT

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 8:00 PM at the Lyme Town Hall, 480 Hamburg Road, Lyme, CT. This is the last day for in person regular voter registration.

Monday, November 5, 2012 between the hours of 9:00 AM and Noon at the Lyme Town Hall, 480 Hamburg Road, Lyme, CT. This is a limited registration session held on the last day before the election to admit those seeking to vote in the election whose qualification as to age, citizenship, or residence was attained since October 23, 2012.