BLAKE WOLFE The Standard
SCUGOG: Approximately 200 homes in Blackstock were without heat for almost two days, after gas was shut off following a car accident which ruptured an Enbridge line in the local community south of Hwy. 7A.
According to residents, a car travelling along Regional Rd. 57 last Tuesday evening (April 9) left the roadway and hit a gas line, causing a leak. Emergency services responded to the collision, which was later attended by Enbridge representatives to determine the extent of the leak.
According to Enbridge spokesperson Chris Meyer, approximately 200 homes in the community were affected by the incident, with gas restored to the vast majority of homes within 48 hours of the shutoff.
She said that following an assessment of the gas line, a decision was made to shut off gas to nearby homes to complete the necessary repairs.
The time-consuming process, said Ms. Meyer, involved Enbridge crews going door-to-door before and after the repairs were completed, first to shut off residential gas metres and then to re-ignite pilot lights on appliances, such as hot water tanks, following the fix.
"We realize it's an inconvenience not to have heat or hot water," said Ms. Meyer, "however, we got out as quickly as we could and we apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused."
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