Old Lyme's Shoreline Residents Urged to Evacuate by 6 p.m. Sunday

The statewide plan for which residents may need to evacuate will be announced following a conference at 10 a.m. Sunday. East Lyme will make a decision at that point but as of now, Old Lyme is urging residents in low-lying areas to evacuate by 6 p.m. Sun


Old Lyme Emergency Management Office is strongly urging residents in the beach communities and low-lying areas to seek shelter in other locations no later than 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The notice to evacuate is voluntary, not mandatory at this point. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy will be holding a conference at 10 a.m. on October 28 to discuss which areas should be evacuated, and whether those should be handled on a voluntary or mandatory basis.

East Lyme Emergency Management Director Richard Morris said East Lyme will made a decision regarding evacuations following that conference. However, he notes, if the storm surge is as high as predicted—with current estimates putting tidal surges at anywhere from 5 to 10 foot or 7 to 15 foot through up to four tide cycles—the entire shoreline, including Four Mile River and the Niantic River will be affected.

"You could potentially have water on Main Street," said Morris.

With storm surges occuring during higher than usual tides due to the full moon, combined with strong winds of 30 to 50 mph and heavy continuous rainfall, "sustained flooding on the coast, in low-lying areas and along rivers and streams is a near certainty," Old Lyme Emergency Operations Director David Roberge wrote in a press release announcing the voluntary evacuations at 9 p.m. 

Old Lyme Emergency Operations Center (EOC) recommends that people who plan to evacuate:

  • Secure valuables
  • Turn off the main electrical breaker to your home
  • Turn the propane tank off and make sure the tank is secure
  • Take all important documents with you

The Old Lyme EOC (Emergency Operations Center) will be open Sunday morning and stay in continuous operation throughout the storm and its aftermath. The town of Old Lyme has declared a Localized Emergency, and all town emergency departments, including fire, police, EMS, special services, etc., are implementing emergency response protocol. 

Residents with questions or need assistance in seeking alternate shelter are urged to contact the EOC Call Center at 860-598-0120.

Old Lyme Emergency Operations Center will issue storm updates, including the emergency shelter location, regularly as information becomes available. The regional emergency shelter for people and pets who need overnight accomodation is East Lyme Middle School, which at this point is scheduled to open at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Patch will have an update on that, and on the plans for evacuation, following the press conference tomorrow morning. 



Gloria October 28, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Just got an email on this article, for Breaking News -- Once again, it gets me SICK being a resident of LYME and all I ever hear is OLD LYME, OLD LYME.... no matter what the situation or issue is. Where is someone from Lyme to advise us, as there always seems to be word for Old Lyme? Truly, I'm so tired of it. How about OLD LYME and LYME working together??? Is there some kind of "issue" between the towns that isn't spoken about?? We are so close, location-wise, and should work together. It's a shame...
Gloria October 28, 2012 at 05:12 AM
p.s. I understand that Lyme is NOT directly on the shoreline, as some Old Lyme homes are (pertaining to this article). I still wish that the towns would get together... maybe I am just using this hurricane/this article as a reason to say something!
Jayne Keedle October 28, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Hi Gloria, there is more information about Lyme in East Lyme, Old Lyme, and Lyme prepare for Hurricane Sandy. The two towns are working together because they essentially share the same emergency management director. The evacuation is really more for those living directly in flood zones on the coast. The Lymes' Senior Center is a daytime shelter for both towns and East Lyme Middle School is the overnight shelter for everyone.
Gloria October 28, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Hi, Jayne. Thank you for the info. I read the other article and saw the info from Lyme included there. I guess I am the only person in Lyme to feel this way, that there's this discrepancy between Lyme and OL!! I just wish that more Lyme info would be given to you to report on... not just your being given OL info... I know it's not your fault! You report what you are given! Thanks and stay safe.


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