Piedmont Natural Gas has restored service to about 650 customers as of Thursday afternoon

Published 4:01 pm Thursday, December 15, 2022

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As of 3 p.m. Thursday, Piedmont Natural Gas technicians have restored natural gas service to around 650 customers, according to PNG spokesperson Zach Vavricka, in a short press release sent to The Stanly News & Press.

PNG, which is a subsidiary of Duke Energy, has more than 80 technicians across Stanly County relighting appliances and equipment throughout the day. Crews started with critical facilities, such as schools and hospitals, and then moved to neighborhoods.

Due to the number of affected properties, Piedmont anticipates service relights will extend into Friday. As the work progresses, the company will continue to provide additional updates to impacted customers.

“We appreciate the patience from our customers and communities as we work to restore service from this outage,” Vavricka wrote in the release.

Stanly County closed its emergency warming shelter at Anderson Grove Baptist Church at noon Thursday, after opening it for people without heat Wednesday evening. Only two individuals spent the night at the church, according to Stanly County Social Services Director Dolly Clayton, whose staff managed the shelter, but that did not minimize the shelter’s importance.

“The reality is for those two people, it made a difference,” Clayton said.

Around 3,000 residents in Stanly County lost their heat Tuesday evening after a third-party construction crew struck a natural gas transmission main line near Oakboro. Crews were quickly on-site working nonstop to repair the damage gas line and restore heat.

Nine schools closed Wednesday and Thursday as a result of the outage, but are expected to be back open on Friday.

About Chris Miller

Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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