A culvert near The Station Pub & Grub had burst to create a deep washout in Thursday's flash flood in Bernardsville, but the restaurant was serving and all was back to normal on Friday. By Linda Sadlouskos
Little evidence other than a deep washout in front of The Station Pub & Grub restaurant remained Friday after a brief but dramatic flash flood raged through downtown Bernardsville following Thursday's heavy downpours.
The floodwaters rose at about 10:40 a.m. and had completely receded within an hour or so, said Bernardsville Police Lt. Demmings Hoadley.
The floodwaters engulfed the Bernardsville Train Station on Mine Brook Road, nearly across the street from The Station Pub & Grub at 45 Mine Brook Road, and also poured into Nervine Pond further south along Route 202.
The parking lot for the police department and borough hall also was underwater, and the maker of YouTube video who captured the flooding described Douglass Avenue as "a river."
Hoadley said the sidewalk had washed away in front of the restaurant.
A fence and culvert under Mine Brook Road (Route 202) between the restaurant and Prestige Auto Repair had burst forth under the force of the floodwaters, and the area was barricaded.
However, the restaurant was open as usual on Friday and diners were being served on the patio.
The owner of the Bernardsville Depot Deli at the train station said that by Friday, all was back to normal.
Trains running as usual at Bernardsville Train Station
Also, by mid-day, trains were running on a normal schedule eastbound from the Bernardsville station, according to a New Jersey Transit worker at the scene.
However, further to the west, NJ Transit was continuing to work on a portion of the rail line washed out between Bernardsville and Far Hills, and further out near the Peapack station in Peapack-Gladstone.