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Hundreds still without heat Thursday morning in Melfort Area

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January 11, 2018 at 9:33 am - Home, Local News
By Angie Rolheiser

SaskEnergy technicians worked throughout the night to restore natural gas services in the Melfort area and they are continuing to go door-to-door this morning.

A rupture in a high pressure transmission line between Weldon and Birch Hills was the cause of the outage that happened just before 8am on Wednesday.

Some costumers in Kinistino, St. Brieux and Melfort were without natural gas completely but another line was eventually able to supply gas to the areas.

With temperatures being well below minus 20 on Wednesday and into minus 30’s Thursday morning, it is important that customers have their furnaces re-lit.

“There is probably more than half of the 4500 customers that are still without service,” said Dave Burdeniuk, director of government and media relations with SaskEnergy.

If doors are locked and no one is home today they will be working with RCMP and a locksmith to get into houses.

“We are going to try to get to people as quick as we can, we have to make sure each service where we are restarting the appliances, the furnace and water heater, that things are running smoothly,” Burdeniuk explained.

Burdeniuk added that it could be well into Thursday afternoon before everyone has heat again.

“We know that it has been a very cold day, there are people who have not had service now for 24 hours and it may be a few hours more,” he said.

The line was repaired by about 9pm and an investigation into the cause of the rupture will be conducted.

The City has set up a warming center at the Kerry Vickar Center for those who are still without service.

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