Gas ser­vice mostly re­stored after Septem­ber ex­plo­sions

Pawtucket Times - - OBITUARIES/REGION -

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The util­ity com­pany that caused the Septem­ber nat­u­ral gas pipe­line ex­plo­sions in Mas­sachusetts says work to fully re­store gas ser­vice is mostly com­plete.

Columbia Gas said Fri­day that 96 per­cent of af­fected cus­tomers in Lawrence, North An­dover and An­dover have had ser­vice re­stored.

The com­pany says most of the homes and busi­nesses still need­ing ser­vice re­stored are ones that chose to com­plete the work them­selves rather than use the com­pany’s con­trac­tors.

Columbia Gas says it’s been re­new­ing ef­forts to help these cus­tomers. It also says some 900 peo­ple re­main in tem­po­rary hous­ing. The Sept. 13 ex­plo­sions and fires in the Mer­ri­mack Val­ley killed one teen, in­jured about two dozen oth­ers, dam­aged more than 100 struc­tures and left thou­sands with­out heat or hot wa­ter for weeks.

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