Columbia Gas crews, with assistance from mutual aid crews from 26 different companies, continue their efforts to restore service to thousands of customers in the greater Lawrence area. A total of 400 technicians are working on the restoration effort today. The number is down from yesterday due to the heavy rain and storms in the area. Safety remains top of mind, especially as crews work in wet conditions with flash flood warnings in effect.
We have been able to restore natural gas service to 5,000 (86 percent) of the 5,800 customers outside the area directly affected by the incident, who may have been disconnected by emergency personnel, utility workers, plumbers or themselves.
An additional 2,200 customers outside the area directly affected by the incident have been identified as being safe to re-light.
All told, more than 8,000 customers are eligible for safe restoration.
If you are not home when we come to restore service, we will leave a notice on your door. Please follow the instructions to schedule a re-light appointment.
Plans are underway for the longer-term restoration effort for the 8,600 customers in the impacted area.
DO NOT attempt to turn on your gas service on your own.
If a customer smells an odor of natural gas, they should leave the area immediately, move to a safe location and call 911 and our emergency number at 1-800-525-8222. As a reminder:
- Don’t turn off gas to your house or to any appliances.
- Don’t try to find the leak yourself or operate pipeline valves.
- Don’t light a match or candle, or operate anything that could cause a spark, including home phones or cell phones, lights, appliances, flashlights, power tools, etc.
- Don’t open the windows and doors in an attempt to ventilate.