Winter Storm Expected

Monday, March 12th, 2018

The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection wants local residents to know that a new winter storm is coming. The National Weather Service has issued Winter Storm Warnings for the entire state, beginning at midnight tonight. Here is the forecast they shared:

TONIGHT: Light snow developing from south to north between 2:00 – 4:00 AM.  The snow is forecast to become moderate between 3:00 – 5:00 AM.  Low temperatures are forecast to be near 30 F with north winds gusting to 25 MPH inland and 35 MPH along the coast at times by daybreak.

TUESDAY MORNING: Moderate snow is expected in Western CT, moderate to occasionally heavy snow is expected in Central CT and heavy snow is expected in Eastern CT during the morning rush hour.  The impact on the morning rush hour is expected to range from minor in western CT, moderate in central CT and moderate to major in eastern CT.   Roads in eastern CT are likely to have several inches of snow cover.  Roads in the Hartford / New Haven areas will likely have a snow cover and slush combination.  Roads in western CT are forecast to have a lighter coating snow and slush.  The snow is forecast to continue thru the morning (lighter in Western CT and heavier in Eastern CT).  Temperatures are forecast to rise into the low 30’s with North winds gusting to 35 MPH inland and 45 MPH along the coast at times.

TUESDAY AFTERNOON: The snow intensity is forecast to lighten up by early afternoon and end from southwest to northeast between 3:00 – 7:00 PM. The impact on the afternoon rush hour is expected to range from minor in western and central CT to moderate in eastern CT.   Roads in eastern CT are likely to have several inches of remaining snow on the shoulders, ramps and secondary roads.  Roads in the Hartford / New Haven areas will likely have been plowed and have a few inches of a snow and slush combination.  Roads in western CT are forecast to have been plowed and have a light coating of snow and slush on the shoulders and ramps.

Road Closures Update 07

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

The latest information on road closures and street openings.  Click on the image below to enlarge it:

Lyme Updated Road and Utility Status 03.11.18 at 20.37

Message on Storm Recovery

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

A MESSAGE FROM FIRST SELECTMAN STEVEN MATTSON

Lyme has been hit with two Nor’easters in the last two weeks and sustained a lot of damage. Thanks to the efforts of the town crew and the Emergency Management team, we have weathered these storms and are well on the way to recovery. A few conditions still require additional attention and we ask that all bear with the power company and the town as these remaining conditions are corrected.

The latest storm caused 83% of the town to lose power and more than 12 of our roads were closed to traffic. Our four-man town crew worked tirelessly to clear the roads where power lines were not involved – and succeeded in clearing all of these areas within two days. Thanks to them for another superior job in cleaning up our town and making our roads safe to travel.

Road blockages that involve downed power wires cannot be addressed by our town crew and require the attention of the power company. Thanks to the efforts of our Emergency Management team, these areas were made safe and our Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was manned and coordinated with Eversource throughout the emergency.

Continued communications allowed for the town to recover relatively quickly, even though it is understandably never quick enough for those who have lost power or the ability to travel. The EOC made available showers, water and a place to charge cell phones and other devices at the Hamburg station throughout the storm recovery. Our thanks to all of the EMD personnel, the Fire Company and the Ambulance service for their responses in this emergency, and for always being there when the town needs them the most.

Our appreciation also goes out to the staff at Town Hall who provided residents with the timeliest information possible, as well as a place to voice their concerns.

Our gratitude goes out, too, to the regional centers that provided services during both storms; the senior center and the Public Library for providing warming stations; the other towns who opened shelters and welcomed Lyme residents who needed them; and to all the people in our town who looked out for their neighbors.

The one sad item to note from this experience is the large number of cars that do not heed the road warning signs that have been put out to keep them safe. Many residents ignored road barriers and drove into dangerous conditions; others dismantled barriers so they could get through and left the barriers down, endangering other residents who came after them. Actions like these not only endanger the parties involved or those who come after, but also risk the lives and safety of the first responders who must attempt rescues of drivers who get into trouble.

Again, our thanks to everyone who helps in these storms, and let’s hope the next winter storm they’re presently forecasting misses us – and Mother Nature provides us with a long period without another emergency.

Road Closures Update 06

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

The latest information on road closures and street openings.  Click on the image below to enlarge it:

Lyme Road & Utility Status 03.11.18 at 11.17

Road Closures Update 05

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

The latest information on road closures.  Click on the image below to enlarge it:

Lyme Updated Road and Utility Status 03.10.18 at 13.30

Community Respite Center Availability (Saturday)

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

The LYME EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CENTER (located at the back of the Hamburg Fire Station) will be open today as a community respite center, upon request. Residents who would like to use the respite center should contact John Evans at 860-625-0237 to gain access. Residents are welcome to come to the center to stay warm, charge cell phones or take a shower. (Bring your own towels if you plan to shower.) Park in the back of the fire station and enter the lower door in the back. There will be a sign, and a sign-in sheet.

The LYME PUBLIC LIBRARY is open today from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. – as an additional community respite center, another place to stay warm or charge phones.

Road Closures Update 04

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Here is the latest information available on storm-related road closures … (Click on the image to enlarge it) …

Lyme Updated Road and Utility Status 03.09.18 at 17.57

Transfer Station Open on Saturday

Friday, March 9th, 2018

The Lyme Transfer Station will be open tomorrow (Saturday) during regular business hours (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) – in case residents have brush to dispose of as a result of their winter storm cleanup. Please remember: NO STUMPS OR LOGS OVER 8 INCHES IN DIAMETER, OR OVER 8 FEET IN LENGTH CAN BE ACCEPTED.

Public Safety Reminder

Friday, March 9th, 2018

An important message and safety reminder from Eversource and the Lyme Emergency Operations Center:

While frustration with power outages and road closures is understandable, PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE ROAD BARRIERS AND DRIVE THROUGH STORM-DAMAGED AREAS as this can endanger yourself, the public and the utility crews working hard to restore power.

Power Outage Update

Friday, March 9th, 2018

The Lyme Emergency Operations Center was informed by Eversource this morning that, SOMETIME LATER TODAY, the utility company expects to be able to provide estimated times of restoration – called ETRs – for the Lyme residents who still remain without power.

If you have already registered to receive outage alerts from Eversource, you’ll be notified automatically of your ETR by whatever method you selected when you signed up – phone, text or email.

If you haven’t registered to receive outage alerts, you will be able to call Eversource at 800-286-2000 and request an update. If you haven’t registered to receive outage alerts yet, it’s not too late. Click here to register with Eversource.