BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ A day after Tropical Storm Isaias blew through New Jersey, slamming Basking Ridge and other nearby Somerset Hills communities, about a dozen roads remained closed and power outages continued in many neighborhoods through Wednesday. The township Department of Public Works was out removing many downed trees, where no power lines were involved, which were blocking streets and rights of way.
Bernards Township police reported that as of Wednesday afternoon, portions of the following roads were still closed: Madisonville Road to Harding Line; Deer Ridge Road; Childs Road; South Finley Avenue and Lake Road; Liberty Corner Road; Cross Road; Haas Road near Pond Hill Road,; Ellis Drive; Bullion Road; Lexington Road; Culberson Road between Spencer Road and South Alward Avenue; and Forest Trail.
Lyons Road had been closed on Tuesday when a large tree fell on wires and blocked much of the road near the Linden Drive intersection. However, the road was cleared by Wednesday.
Power outages still remained throughout the township on Wednesday, including in neighborhoods near some of those roads; about half of Somerset County remained without electricity as of Wednesday evening.
No injuries or major damage reported after storm
Bernards Township Police Lt. Christopher Hurst, coordinator of the township Office of Emergency Management (OEM), said on Wednesday that the storm did not cause any injuries or major damage, as far as he was aware of.
The Basking Ridge and Liberty Corner fire companies have been responding to various calls for service, Hurst said.
He also noted that when the power is out for extended periods of time, the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors will die. "It is important for residents to replace these batteries frequently and also make sure that they run portable generators outside and away from doors and windows so that carbon monoxide does not enter their home," Hurst advised.