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JCP&L: About 4,500 Basking Ridge Customers Powerless Sunday PM

Riverwalk YMCA open for showers, charging up and heat until 6 p.m. Trees still blocking some roads, including large tree partially blocking Allen Road.

While Jersey Central Power and Light has crews in the area working neighborhood by neighborhood, Mayor John Malay issued at release saying that 4,900 township homes remained without power as of 9 a.m. on Sunday morning.

According to JCP&L's outage map, the number of customers without power in Basking Ridge was at 4,472 as of shortly after 3:30 p.m., with another 121 without power in the Liberty Corner section of Bernards Township.

The at 32 S. Maple Ave. has power and will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. for people to charge devices, Malay had said in the morning. The Riverwalk facility at the Riverwalk Mall already is open to all for showers, a warm spot and for powering devices, he said. The YMCA will be open until 6 p.m. on Sunday, according to the facility.

A 4 p.m. update from the mayor said that free water and ice will be distributed to JCP&L customers from Kings supermarket in Bernardsville.

Ridge Oak Senior Housing had power restored at 10:15 am., Malay said in the release, posted on the Bernards Township Facebook page at 11 a.m. Malay said the facility for older residents had a generator to provide heat and hot water, but no electricity had been available.

Many roads remain closed, as of late this morning, although Sgt. Mike Shimsky, coordinator of the township Office of Emergency Management said earlier that some in the Martinsville Road and Bernard Drive area.

However, Malay's 11 a.m. report said a number of roads remained closed at that time, including Mount Airy Road at Valley Road, where trees and wires were down. A traffic light was out at South Finley Avenue at the Stone House Road intersection, where stop signs were damaged.

"Many roads are open but have protruding limbs into the right of way. Our crews are at work clearing snow and removing debris," the mayor's message said. A tree is is reported down and blocking Childs Road near the Bernardsville side of town, he said.

Some stores and restaurants open, Riverwalk YMCA to be open for showers, device charging and heat

The Riverwalk shopping center has power and stores are opening. Lyons Mall reports the same, including Stop & Shop. The Bernardsville Kings is open, while Shop Rite supermarket was not, according to Malay's message.

The Dunkin Donuts in The Hills remained open through the storm. On Sunday morning, it was crowded with people talking about whether or not they had power, and how long it had taken to restore.

Malay said N.J, Transit train service is suspended on Gladstone Line, while some bus service is available but subject to delays.

As of shortly before noon, Malay said a planned "bond-fire" to celebrate the end of municipal debt is still on for 6:30 p.m. outside the town hall, which still has power.

Linda Sadlouskos (Editor) October 30, 2011 at 04:35 PM
Bernards Township Library to be open 1-4 pm on Sunday so residents can power devices and find a little bit of warmth.
Kathleen Holley October 30, 2011 at 07:09 PM
Will there be school tomorrow in Bernards Township??????

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