Storm Cleanup – A Message from Your Public Works Dept.


The East Lyme Public Works Department really appreciates all of the residents that have taken us up on waiving brush fees for residents until next Saturday August 15th by bringing downed branches from the edge of the road and in their yards to the Transfer Station. At this point, the town roads are in much better shape than they were right after the storm.

Our plan is to start picking up branches/tree brush from the side of the road starting either next Tuesday or Wednesday. That will give us time to drive around on Monday and Tuesday and locate the areas that we need to go to and to map out an effective route. The intention of this cleanup is to pick up branches that came from the town right of way. Downed trees on private property are still the responsibility of the homeowner to remove and should not be dragged to the edge of the road. We are limited by manpower and only one chipper so we will collect a “reasonable amount” of branches that will be chipped at curbside and hauled away. Branch cuttings may be no larger than 4 inches in diameter to be fed into the chipper. Please do not leave large trees at the side of the road.

Additionally, Public Works will not be picking up small twigs or material in containers or bags. There will be no return trips, so branches should be piled at curbside prior to next Tuesday 8/11. We do not know how long it will take us to complete this service so if residents would rather get the brush off the front of their property sooner than later, they can bring it to the Transfer Station in their cars, pickup trucks or small trailers. We are still not waiving the brush fees for contractors. If you have a vehicle bigger than a pickup truck or small trailer and you are not sure if you will be eligible for the waived fees, please call the Department in advance at the number below. As a reminder, the Transfer Station is open Tuesday thru Saturday 7:30am to 2:30 pm.

If you have any questions or need assistance from the Department, feel free to call us at 860-691-4118 or email us at

Joe Bragaw
EL Public Works Director