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10:00 p.m. Update: Several Roads Closed, Tide Not as High as Expected

The latest in updates and news from Ledyard – before, during and after the storm.

 

Updated: Monday 10:00 p.m.

Several roads are closed or partially closed due to downed trees and/or wires. Route 12 is partially blocked in a couple spots, same goes for Colonel Ledyard Highway and Route 214. Route 117 is passable. The tide did not come up nearly as high (in Ledyard, anyway) as people expected.

Updated: Monday 6:25 p.m.

Residents in the Highlands should minimize flushing while the power is down at the sewage treatment plant on Town Farm Road, according to Sean McGlucken. He said the power and the back up generator both failed at the facility and sewers may start backing up. The town’s emergency services requested a generator from the state and are looking into local resources.

Updated: Monday 4 p.m.

All public works and emergency services have been called off the streets of Ledyard until further notice, according to Sean McGlucken, the director of emergency management.

“The gusts are starting to be a problem,” he said. “We’re still going to respond to emergencies but we won’t be chasing branches.”

Trees are down all over the town, closing sections of about 15 roads in the Town of Ledyard.

McGlucken said the strong sustained winds are arriving earlier than expected and that the high winds will arrive before the high tide, which is expected around midnight.

He said Ledyard is recording winds as fast as 40 mph and New London has recorded winds as high as 76 mph.

The weather reports say the winds will be blowing toward the shore and that, combined with the high tide, could cause significant flooding in river side areas.

Gov. Dannel Malloy said the combination has created “levels of concern that match the most dire circumstances.”

According to Connecticut Light and Power’s outage map, 2,575 Ledyard residences, or 39 percent, are in the dark. Jane Seidel, Ledyard’s CL&P liaison, said Ledyard is entitled to one of the 145 tree and wire crews on the road statewide.

Original Story:

Ledyard is opening its Emergency Operations Center at 8 a.m. Monday and all other  town offices and facilities, like the libraries and senior center will be closed Monday. School is cancelled on Monday and Tuesday.

Town Hall will be closed for normal business but will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for charging and for people to get water. The two fire departments open at 7 p.m. Sunday for people to get water, but people need to bring their own water containers.

Trash and recycling will be picked up Monday but pick up is cancelled on Tuesday.

If you're concerned about flooding, fill your own sand bags at the Public Works garage Monday starting at 6:30 a.m.

The Town is directing people to the regional emergency shelter at Fitch High School at 101 Groton Long Point Road in Groton if they need safe refuge or fear extended power outage. The shelter is pet-friendly and individuals should bring blankets, pillows, clothing, snacks, medications and anything else they will need for a 2-3 day stay.

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Here is the forecast as of 11:00 p.m, Sunday Oct. 28, 2012:

  • Tonight A chance of light rain, mainly after 4am. Cloudy, with a low around 52. Breezy, with a northeast wind 18 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
  • Monday Rain, mainly after 8am. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 63. Very windy, with a northeast wind 28 to 33 mph increasing to 35 to 40 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 80 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
  • Monday Night Rain, with thunderstorms also possible after 2am. Low around 58. Very windy, with a southeast wind 40 to 45 mph decreasing to 31 to 36 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 80 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
  • Tuesday Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 65. Breezy, with a southeast wind around 25 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
  • Tuesday Night Showers. Low around 48. Southeast wind 15 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
  • Wednesday A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 57. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
  • Wednesday Night A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

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