BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Library, on Vogt Drive, is expected to reopen Thursday after it had to close because of flooding following Monday's torrential rains.

Water spread throughout the adult area of the library.according to Brian Auger, library administrator

"Water literally shot up through the floor clean-out access point with several inches of rain water spreading rapidly across the adult area of the branch," he said. "Quick thinking staff and helpful customers moved computers, unplugged power strips and moved furniture away from the racing tide."

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"The remediation experts are applying fungicide and antibacterial treatments to the carpets as they dry and will be inspecting the electrical boxes," he added.

The library is expected to reopen Thursday at 1 p.m.

"We apologize for the inconvenience of the closure, and want to thank our community for their ongoing patients, understanding and support," Edward Hoag, branch manager in Bridgewater, said. "We want to ensure that we're maintaining a safe environment before reopening. We're confident that we'll meet all necessary health and safety standards to open at 1 p.m. Thursday."