Hurricane Update_Friday, November 2, 2012 8:00 AM

November 2nd, 2012

Town of Lyme – Conditions as of Friday, November 2, 2012 8:00 AM

For Information:  For up to date information, please come to the information table located at the Hamburg Fire Station at 213 Hamburg Road or to the Lyme Town Hall at 480 Hamburg Road.  The Town of Lyme website, www.townlyme.org, is now being updated daily.

Power Status:  A modest amount of restoration was completed on Thursday, and we are now fully in the restoration phase of the process of restoring electricity to Lyme residences.  We have observed five line crews in town this morning, which will mean a much more aggressive effort toward full restoration.  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.  Please assume all downed wires are energized and stay clear!

AT&T Status:  The intermittent phone service which occurred since the onset of the storm was due primarily to the failure of AT&T to once again adequately prepare for a storm event.  The source of the problem has been identified and work to correct same is underway.  Local officials statewide continue to express discontent with AT&T’s apparent lack of concern for emergency communications service.  During the upcoming legislative session, you can anticipate a concerted effort on the part of municipal lobbying organizations such as the Council of Small Towns and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities to force AT&T to provide reliable service during emergency weather events.

Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools are closed today (Friday, November 2).  School will be in session Monday, November 5 AND Tuesday, November 6.  Tuesday was originally scheduled as a professional development day.  School will now be in session that day.  Power has been restored at the high school.  Residents are advised that shower facilities are available at the high school Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (November 2-4) from8:00 AM to4:00 PM.

Lyme Town Hall and Lyme Landfill:  TheLymeTown Hall has power.  Residents may obtain an absentee ballot by coming to the town hall between9:00 AM and4:00 PM.  The Lyme Landfill will be open on Saturday, November 3 for the regular operating hours9:00 AM to 4:00 PM with the exception of12:00noon to1:00 PM.  As a reminder, the normal length and diameter restrictions for trees and brush will apply (length eight feet, diameter six inches).

Lyme Library: The library will be extending its hours until8:00 PM tonight (Friday, November 2). 

Lymes’ 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, MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), toilets, recharging electronic devices, and meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are available.  No shower facilities.  This location serves as a stop for the 9 Town Transit.

Hadlyme and Hamburg Fire Stations are open today 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM for water (bring own containers), showers (bring own towels/toiletries), bottled water, MREs, and toilets.  Residents may recharge electronic devices as well.  No meals.  The hours of operation for Saturday, November 3 are 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM for both stations.  Hours for Sunday are to be determined and will be posted in our next update.  Hours will be contingent on the status of power restoration in town at that point in time.

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

Trash Pickup:  For an emergency pickup, please contact Jansky’s Rubbish Removal at 860.304.3537.

Business Update:  Jane’s store (Hamburg), Hadlyme Country Store, Laysville Hardware and Coffee’s Market Deli (Old Lyme) are all open. Businesses on Halls Road, including Big Y, have had power restored.  Many businesses in Old Saybrook are open.  All-Pro is open and now has gas.  Boston Post Road in Old Lyme has power.

Health and Wellness Day:  The Health and Wellness Day scheduled for Saturday, November 3 has been cancelled.

Trivia Bee:  The Trivia Bee scheduled for Friday, November 2 has been cancelled.  Reliable sources report that the favored team, 3D’s and an F is using the additional time to hone its trivia skills.

Hadlyme Public Hall Harvest Dinner:  The Dinner scheduled for Saturday, November 3 has been postponed until Saturday, November 10.

Collection for Lyme Residents:  Anyone interested in donating shelf staple food (no glass), clean blankets, flashlights, or batteries are encouraged to bring them to the Hamburg Fire Station which is serving as a collection site.  These items will be provided to those residents on the special needs list in Lyme who find their supplies running low.