Update on Storm Damage Recovery

As of 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8, power has been restored to all but 235 residents (17.4%). Eversource will be addressing all remaining outages.

Two roads remain closed – Cove Road and Sterling City Road. Sterling City Road is in the process of tree/wire removal. Cove Road has a dangerous situation with a large tree soon to fall onto wires. A crane is needed to remove the tree and may not arrive in time. Be extremely careful where the road is marked and do not attempt to drive below the tree.

The town crew will be addressing the debris that still exists along roadsides. The amount of debris we experienced will take time to remove and will be completed as quickly as possible.

If you do not have power, make sure to advise Eversource by phone or online as you may have issues with lines running from the street to your home.

Update on Storm Damage Recovery: Power Outages & Road Closures; Operational Status of Town Facilities

Tropical Storm Isaias has done considerable damage to the Connecticut power grid and caused numerous road closures.  Connecticut currently has about 600,000 residents without power.

Power Outage Impacts

  • The Town of Lyme is presently 98% without power and the best guess is this situation could last three or more days for primary electric circuits and longer for secondary circuits.
  • Town Hall is operational with internet service, but without phones.
  • The Public Library is closed until power is restored.
  • The Hamburg Fire Station and Town Garage are without phones and being powered by generator.
  • Potable water is available outside the Hamburg Fire Station, along with a charging station for residents who may need to recharge their phones. Access inside the station and to the showers previously available in better times are not open due to the COVID restrictions.

Road Closures

  • There are numerous trees and electrical wires down on many town roads.
  • All tree removal possible has been accomplished by the Town Crew. What remains to be cleared must be addressed by Eversource crews and they are hard to find.
  • Wires may still be energized, so please stay away from downed wires and do not drive over any wires on roads.
  • Roads that are impassable or with unsafe sections include:
    • Salem Road
    • Beaver Brook Road
    • Blood Street
    • Honey Hill Road
    • Sterling City Road
    • Old Hamburg Road
    • Tantumorantum Road
    • Mt. Archer and Brush Hill intersection
    • Mt. Archer and Honey Hill Lane intersection
  • 156 (a state road) is passable but with many trees/wires closing one lane. Be cautious as they are not marked adequately.
  • 148 (Ferry Road) is blocked close to Hadlyme Four Corners.

We suggest caution and patience as we wait for Eversource to reach the small towns.