Food & Water for Somerset Hills Area; Power Co. in Bernardsville

Town still without power as of shortly before 1 p.m., but mayor says work is being done.

Bernardsville Mayor Lee Honecker said shortly before 1 p.m. on Sunday that he estimated at least 30 power company trucks were seen working in the borough, and access had been created for borough homes blocked by wires and trees.

At that time, Honecker said that all of the borough remained without power. But he said that JCP&L workers had been seen at the Bernardsville power station.

"We are grateful they're here now," Honecker said of the power company. The mayor asked that residents not interfere with workers who are doing their job.

He said that workers also had been removing wires and electrical equipment from streets, including at a subdivision blocked by "It's my understanding that access was provided."

Borough officials, including the mayor, had reported to Patch over the last few days

Honecker said that on a statewide conference call at about 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jersey Central Power & Light President Donald Lynch said he was aware of the situation. Contractors reportedly were in the borough on Sunday.

JCP&L spokesman Ron Morano said earlier on Saturday afternoon that the power company was talking to the borough about restoring and repairing the damage caused by Sandy.

But Morano added that Hurricane Sandy had been responsible for more damage than ever before in JCP&L's turf.

Honecker said he would send out a public service announcement to residents on Sunday afternoon.

Bernardsville police website again posting updates

The Bernardsville police website again was back online and posting updates on Sunday afternoon.

As of about 3 p.m., the website said that emergency food and water still was being distributed in Bernardsville for Somerset Hills area residents.

The Somerset County Office of Emergency Management and FEMA were distributing both at the Bernardsville Public Library at 1 Anderson Hill Road and at 25 Olcott Avenue, in Bernardsville.

Bernardsville certified emergency personnel will be distributing the supplies between 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday at both locations while supplies last.

Potable water available for filling your own containers continues to be available at the library and at the Bernardsville Middle School on Seney Drive, the website said.

Shubhangi November 04, 2012 at 09:13 PM
In Basking Ridge, we have not been even able to get Public Library and YMCA open. Neither we are receiving a great deal of updates from the township.Merely posting updates on website is not sufficient as most of the residants do not have power let alone internet. In Long Hilll township the library has been kept open for normal and at times for extended hours for people to charge their phones and access internet. Long Hill township crew (Dy. Mayor, Polioce Chief, rep from education, garbage collection and polling stations) is providing face to face updates to Long Hill residents twice daily in municiple building. I have also seen the Long Hill township management continuously pressuring JCP&L management to get power back. Police chief is coordinating with Gas station owners and informing residents when, where and how can they get the gas. It is quite frustrating to see a slow progress being made by JCP&L in Basking Ridge especially on the King George road and township not even taking a note of this. It looks like there is a lot to learn from adjuscent townships.
K Kelly November 04, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Just made a circuit of the neighborhood bounded by Mt Airy Rd and Pill Hill Rd and it looks like there are power repair trucks at almost all if the major line or pole damage sites. They haven't started working yet, but just being here is a step in the right direction.
Spring Ridge Resident November 04, 2012 at 09:33 PM
The traffic nightmare that the blockage of King George Road is causing, should be enough for the municipal police, etc, to raise hell. Without access to 78, except from Mt. Airy Road, coupled with the long gas line for the Exxon station, waiting to try and access 78 W/E is like sitting on that gas line. The police chief should be all over JCPL!
BERNARDSVILLE RESIDENT November 04, 2012 at 09:55 PM
JB November 04, 2012 at 11:49 PM
I just heard that power was restored to some homes on Madisonville Road. Does anyone know if there is power around Bernards Ave or Prospect St.? I"m out of town waiting for power to resume and don't really trust JCP&L to call me.


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