Hightstown Borough Under Water

Residents advised to boil the water before use.

Update: Residents may now use the water as long as it is boiled first, according to Hightstown Borough Council President Lawrence Quattrone.


Hightstown Borough is in a state of emergency and under a water advisory, according to Fire Chief Larry Van Kirk.

Peddie Lake crested overnight and there is water in the streets by Borough Hall, through the police station and firehouse, from Stockton Street to Bank Street, Van Kirk said. There was around two feet of water inside the firehouse in downtown Hightstown around 6 a.m. Sunday.

Residents should not use the water, even after boiling it, and should use bottled water or other beverages, Van Kirk said. The Public Works Department is trying to get the water plant operating, but it is unknown how long it could take due to heavy rains for the next few hours.

Van Kirk said residents should be aware that there will be at least another three to three-and-a-half hours of rain, and the storm is not over.

“Unless you have to be evacuated…stay in your house, wait till it subsides,” Van Kirk said.

A shelter has been set up at Hightstown High School for those who need it, Hightstown Borough Council President Lawrence Quattrone said. However, Quattrone said if you have an emergency and need to leave your home, call 9-1-1 and someone will be sent to help you evacuate. He advises people not to leave their homes unless they are receiving help by emergency crews.

“The smartest thing they [residents] can do is stay in their homes,” Quattrone said.

Mona Carol August 28, 2011 at 10:46 AM
Can someone tell me if Broad Street is flooded?
Mike August 28, 2011 at 12:23 PM
Broad Street is not fooded.
Andrew M. Galbraith Ryer August 28, 2011 at 12:47 PM
Can someone tell me if the Hightstown Library is flooded?
Mike August 28, 2011 at 12:50 PM
As of last night the water did not react up to the ground floor. Seems to me that many probems could have been avoided if Peddie Lake had been drained in the day before the storm hit though.
Andrew M. Galbraith Ryer August 28, 2011 at 01:01 PM
FYI, the borough website says to boil water before using it. http://www.hightstownborough.com/attention-residents/hurricane-irene-flooding-and-water-advisory
Andrew M. Galbraith Ryer August 28, 2011 at 01:02 PM
Thanks for the info Mike.
Christina Marie August 28, 2011 at 02:30 PM
Rebecca August 28, 2011 at 03:20 PM
I've been a Hightstonian my entire life.... never ever have I seen this before! Hope everyone is safe... and looking forward to taking a refreshing shower once the water plant is up and running. AND, thank you to our volunteer fire department, police department (who I saw out in the storm for HOURS on Stockton Street last night), and our emergency response system that informed us of the water danger at 2:30am! We're all counting on you to get us through this.
Htown Resident August 28, 2011 at 05:25 PM
Does anyone know why Peddie Lake wasn't drained in advance of the storm, since everyone has known for several days that it was coming?
Amneily August 28, 2011 at 11:30 PM
Does anyone know what the conditions are like in the Stonegate development?
Vic Monaco August 29, 2011 at 01:41 AM
Patch editor may want to know there's foul language during 4th vid. And if you keep it posted, you may as well slug it "Barney Fife Saves a Life" Good luck to all there, and hopefully the guy in the red t shirt doesn't run for council.
Ashley Peskoe (Editor) August 29, 2011 at 02:43 AM
Thanks for pointing it out.
Mike August 29, 2011 at 07:23 AM
Does anyone know why Peddie Lake wasn't drained in advance of the storm, especially considering that all of the Borough municipal assets affected are in the flood plain below the lake? Also,the Borough recently voted to spend several million in upgrades the sewer plant- were those upgrades affected?
Terry August 29, 2011 at 09:19 AM
Don't know if Hightstown Library is flooded, but it is closed today, as are all Mercer County libraries.
Andrew M. Galbraith Ryer August 29, 2011 at 02:51 PM
Hightstown Library was not flooded.
whatever41 August 31, 2011 at 03:51 PM
Unfortunately Vic, there are several of these slugs around town. Too bad they didn't go over the dam along with the store owners living. It's hard to comprehend where they see humor in a disaster. I still can't bring myself to go downtown. These pics will stay with us forever, another ground zero. Thanks for caring.


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