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LG&E: Restoring service after gas line rupture could take until Sunday

Crews are working into the weekend to restore natural gas service. (Source: Gordon Boyd/WAVE 3 News) Crews are working into the weekend to restore natural gas service. (Source: Gordon Boyd/WAVE 3 News)
GOSHEN, KY (WAVE) - More than 2,400 residential and commercial customers may have to give up part of their weekend to ensure that LG&E restores natural gas service shut off after a transmission line ruptured and exploded.

"So many customers are off-line that we can't guarantee that a crew will arrive at a certain time,"  LG&E spokesperson Chris Whelan told WAVE 3 News on Friday. "It's best that they stay home to allow crews access to their furnaces, water heaters and gas meters."


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Crews will leave notices for customers who aren't home to let them in to restore service. Customers caught in that predicament can call (502) 589-1444 to establish a timetable for a re-connect, Whelan said.

LG&E and its sub-contractors have deployed more than 160 people since Wednesday's incident, working in tandem or solo to relight pilot lights and check for leaks before restoring service. Problems detected will prompt crews to "red-tag" the meter, which means the gas can't be turned back on until the issue is remedied.

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"You're looking at a half-hour on a simple re-hook," said Bill Earley, crew chief for sub-contractor Miller Pipeline.  "The meter tests alone take about 10 minutes."

Earley's crew found one such simple restoration on Lakeshore Way, in Oldham County's Paramont subdivision Friday morning.

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"We didn't even know we didn't have hot water until last night," homeowner Atteyat Hadizadeh said. "We don't have children, so we don't use it that often."

Often enough, though, that she'd taken off work Friday and contemplated driving to her daughter's home in Oxmoor Woods for her morning shower, until she flagged down a restoration crew at the subdivision's clubhouse.

Earley's crew had service restored by 11 a.m. And Hadizadeh had no problem waiting a bit longer for hot water to save a trip across county lines.

"My daughter is family, but it's her house," she said. "There's no place like home."

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