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Potable Water Available in Bernardsville, Shelter Still Open

Borough providing drinking water for those residents who rely on wells.

Potable water was available on Thursday morning at the Bernardsville Library and at the Bernardsville Middle School.

Bernardsville Police Chief Kevin Valentine said that two-thirds of borough residents rely on private wells. For those without a generator, the wells require electricity to work.

Residents should bring their own containers to fill with water

A limited quantity of bottled water is available for residents by calling police at 908-766-0037, Valentine said.

However, Borough Councilman Joseph Rossi said on Wednesday that homes on some roads remained cut off by trees that cannot be cleared since the power company had not removed — or cleared — wires and other electrical equipment tangled with those trees.

Mayor Lee Honecker had said on Wednesday that plans for distributing drinking water was in the works. The library at 1 Anderson Hill Road also will be open through the week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for residents to charge up, seek WiFi and occupy children with activities, officials said.

Bernards High open as regional shelter

The mayor said that those from the area also can schedule showers or charge up electronic devices at the shelter.

The shelter is in the lower gym and is staffed with local Office of Emergency Management volunteers supported by the Red Cross, Valentine said. Residents can go to Bernards High School to sign in, he said.

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