Though it's still unclear when Shrewsbury's children will be heading back to school, the borough is opening it up its school tomorrow, Sunday, to serve as a 'warming station' to residents still impacted by widespread power outages.
According to Jersey Central Power and Light, 62 percent of its customers are still without power. In Shrewsbury, JCP&L estimates that approximately 1,700 residents are still without power, a decrease from Friday's totals which were over 2,000 without power. It's unclear when power is expected to be restored borough-wide, though the power company said it believes most of the area will be restored by Wednesday, Nov. 7.
In the mean time, residents feeling a chill should stop by the Shrewsbury Boro School on Obre Place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The school isn't being used as a shelter, so there won't be cots to sleep on or warm food made available to eat, Mayor Donald Burden said, but residents can warm up and charge their electronic devices while they're at it.
When children can expect to resume their studies is unknown. Shrewsbury and Red Bank School Districts are looking to Red Bank Regional High School to dictate when schools will reopen. It's likely students will head back to school when and if power is restored this week.