POST-STORM UPDATE SATURDAY 11/3/12 9:00 a.m.
The Old Lyme Emergency Operations Center reminds residents that the town is still under Emergency Orders. Call the EOC with any questions: 860-598-0120.
Open burning is banned until further notice by order of the Fire Marshal.
Daylight savings time ends this Sunday at 2 a.m. Remember to set your clocks back one hour.
Region 18 schools will reopen Monday.
The PGNOL Library is open and the WiFi is operational.
Residents seeking federal assistance must register with FEMA. To register by phone, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The line is open from 7 am to 10 pm seven days a week. The TTY line for people with speech or hearing disabilities is 1-800-462-7585. To register online, visit www.disasterassistance.gov.
Today: Partly cloudy, breezy. High of 46.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, breezy. Mid 30s.
Tides: High 2:28 am Low 8:01 am High 2:42 pm Low 8:56 pm
Sunrise: 7:21 am Sunset: 5:43 pm
The last obstructions on Buttonball Rd., Browns Lane and Bailey Rd. have been cleared. All roads are now open with no obstructions. Please call the EOC Call Center – 860-598-0120 – if you observe obstructions in roadways’ wires or trees.
Twice daily checks with Special Needs residents are conducted by the EMS. The EOC call center – 860-598-0120 – is open 7 am to 9 pm daily. If you call after hours, leave a message and your call will be returned when the Center reopens. Due to a decrease in the number of calls, the Center now has only one phone line, so if you call during regular hours and are sent to voicemail, please wait a minute or two and try again.
In the event of a Life Safety emergency, please call 911.
Old Lyme is currently at 20% outage. The last 24 hours culminated in the full repair of the major arteries from the Flanders substation. This allowed for significant power restoration in the Mile Creek, Buttonball, Whippoorwill, Rowland and Shore Rd. areas. CL&P dedicated approximately 30 workers to Old Lyme on Friday in order to accomplish this extremely challenging work.
As power restoration efforts continue, the EOC reminds all residents to take safety precautions in anticipation of electrical circuits being re-energized. Please check the controls of electrical and gas fired devices such as stoves, gas appliances, irons and other devices that may have been operating or in use prior to the power outage. When power is returned, these devices can become energized creating the risk of fire or explosion.
During this phase of bringing Old Lyme “back on line”, residents still without power are asked to call CL&P to report your outage:
CL&P reporting line 800-286-2000
In addition, if other residents in your neighborhood have electric service and you do not, please contact the EOC Call Center – 860-598-0120 – so we may track your progress.
AT&T continues to work on Lyme St. to repair damage to the fiber optic line that supplies internet to its customers. This line, though buried six feet below ground, was essentially melted by the power line that fell on top of the road.
To ensure the safety of the beach community, the EOC has established restoration protocols for flood affected areas. Field evaluations of residences in those areas are currently underway. Evaluations include:
Visual inspection of the overall condition of the structure
Electrical service connection
Condition of any propane tanks on site
Evaluation of the well and septic system
Demarcation of flood water intrusion into the structure
If the structure fails inspection on any of these criteria points, CL&P will isolate it and will not re-energize the electrical service. This allows a make-safe condition for re-energizing the remaining portion of the electrical grid.
DEBRIS MANAGEMENT (UPDATED NOV. 3)
The OL Transfer Station will be open for extended hours Saturday:
7:30 am to 5:00 pm.
FROM MONDAY NOV. 5 THRU SATURDAY NOV. 17:
The Transfer Station will be open Monday through Saturday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Transfer Station is closed on Sundays.
OLD LYME RESIDENTS WHO HAVE REGISTERED WITH THE TOWN HALL MAY DROP OFF DEBRIS AT NO CHARGE.
Residents must register for themselves or a designated contractor in the Selectman’s Office at the Town Hall before bringing debris to the Transfer Station for free drop off. Each drop off load requires a ticket.
The OL Selectman’s Office will be open for extended hours to expedite free Transfer Station drop offs for Old Lyme residents:
M-F: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
SAT: 8 am to Noon
Call the OL Town Hall for more details at 860-434-1605 Ext. 212.
Debris left curbside cannot be picked up.
Storm debris must be brought to the Transfer Station.
Leaves are not considered Storm Debris.
The Transfer Station is now equipped with a dedicated container for spoiled food. Residents may drop off spoiled food at no charge.
The following are NOT accepted at the Transfer Station.
NO hazardous waste
NO biological waste