LAWRENCE (CBS) – Columbia Gas said Tuesday that it has finished replacing miles of pipeline as it works to restore gas service to customers in the Merrimack Valley.
The company was in the process of pipeline upgrades on Sept. 13 when an accidental over pressurization of a gas main sparked dozens of explosions and fires in the area, killing one person.READ MORE: MBTA Making Service Cuts Due To Bus Driver Shortage
More than 43 miles of main lines are now “gas-ready,” Columbia said, three weeks ahead of schedule.READ MORE: More Than 50% Of People With Chronic Health Conditions Neglect Their Flu Shot
However, many residents could still be weeks away from seeing their gas service restored. Columbia Gas had previously set a deadline of Nov. 19 for complete restoration, but last week pushed that date back to Dec. 16 at the latest.MORE NEWS: Concerns About Flu Surge On Top Of COVID Surge Have Doctors Braced For Busy Season
Columbia Gas says it has received 21,944 claims and paid out $34.2 million. They have relit 1,390 residential customers and 84 businesses. So far, 1,925 families have been placed in alternative housing.