Thousands still without gas after major failure
● Warning some homes may not be reconnected until the weekend
Thousands of people spent the night in homes without gas in freezing conditions after a failure in the network.
Scottish Gas Network (SGN) is working to restore supplies to around 8,000 properties after the problem started on Sunday but said it could be several days before supplies are restored to everyone.
Fourteen schools, nurseries and education facilities in the
Falkirk area were closed on Monday due to the issue.
SGN has set up an information centre at Camelon Community Centre and said electric hot plates and heaters are available for residents with young children and vulnerable and older people.
Engineers are going door to door to turn off supplies in affected properties and had visited 3,000 homes by the end of Sunday night.
In a statement, SGN said: “Thank you for your patience so far. We appreciate it’s not easy being without your gas supply in the cold weather and we’re doing all we can to get your gas back on as quickly as possible.
“In the meantime, we’re continuing to work closely with Falkirk Council and Police Scotland, as well as other local organisations, to support the community – prioritising those who are vulnerable to make sure they’re well looked after.”
More than 250 engineers are going door-to-door to turn off gas supplies at the meter for safety reasons.
Falkirk Council said the majority of schools in the area, as well as Kinnaird Waters early learning and childcare centre, would reopen on Tuesday.
Bainsford primary school and nursery class, Larbert early learning and childcare centre, and Kinnaird primary school and Thistle Wing will remain closed.
SGN has warned some homes could be without gas supplies until the weekend in the “worst-case scenario”. SGN spokesman Denis Kerby said they were working to restore supplies as quickly as possible.
“That might be a couple of days but in terms of getting everyone back on, we’re looking at five days,” he said. “It could be up to Friday, it could even creep into the weekend - that is really the worst-case scenario.”
The company said a fault in a piece of equipment that regulates pressure in the gas network was to blame.
0 Scottish Gas Network have supplied electric hot plates and heaters to residents with young children and vulnerable and older people