(update from Columbia Gas -- 1 p.m.)
Natural gas service to approximately 1,000 Columbia Gas of Ohio customers in the Crooksville area has been interrupted as a result of a mechanical failure at the point of delivery.
Technicians are working to turn off the valves at the meters so that natural gas can be reintroduced into the distribution delivery system. Following that, Columbia Gas crews will begin the process of restoring service to customers early- to mid-afternoon.
Columbia Gas is coordinating restoration activities with Crooksville Fire Chief, Ralph Hill. Columbia Gas crews from other locations around the state are arriving in Crooksville to assist with the restoration of service today. The Perry County Emergency Management Agency, working with the Red Cross, has established a warming shelter at the New Lexington High School on Panther Drive. Information on kennels for domestic pets affected by the outage is available from the Perry County EMA at (740) 342-1141.
Columbia Gas employees will work non-stop to restore service and relight appliances in homes and businesses. Columbia Gas employees and contractors carry photo IDs and will be happy to show them on request. Only Columbia Gas employees and contractors are capable of restoring service.
Customers that have special needs or medical concerns should contact Columbia Gas at 1-800-344-4077. If customers are planning to leave their homes and are not relocating to the warming center, Columbia Gas asks that contact or access information be left with a neighbor or on the customer’s door so that our crews can gain access to the home to reestablish service.