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Gas Services Disrupted Amid Cold Temperatures in Crooksville Area

PERRY COUNTY, Ohio (Ken Hines/Kate Liebers) -- Several hours after 1,000 Crooksville residents had to fare sub-zero without heat, Columbia Gas announced that service had been restored to more than half of its customers.

Columbia Gas technicians said an interruption in the supply of natural gas to system pipelines caused hundreds to lose heat Wednesday morning.

More than 80 crews were assigned to repair the supply line and to be on-hand to relight appliances in homes and businesses in the Crooksville area, according to Columbia Gas.

The company stated in a release that, by law and for safety reason, only Columbia Gas employees and contractors are capable of restoring the service. Staff members were expected to carry photo IDs, which could be displayed upon request.

Perry County officials teamed up with the Red Cross to provide a warming shelter at New Lexington Middle School on Panther Drive for those who are without heating services.

Columbia officials expect the disruption to last into Wednesday evening.

For more information about the warming center, call the Perry County EMA at 740-342-1141.

Customers preparing to leave their homes without relocating to the warming center were asked to leave their contact or access information with a neighbor or on the door so that crews can gain access to restore service.
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