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National Grid aims to restore gas by Saturday

December 23, 2011
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WESTERLY, R.I.—Crews working on a natural gas outage in Westerly have begun visiting homes and businesses to help customers relight pilot lights.

National Grid spokesman David Graves says the gas meters were shut off for all 1,600 affected customers by Thursday night, allowing the utility to purge the gas lines and resolve a problem with low pressure.

He said the company hopes to relight pilots for all customers over the course of Friday and Saturday. The Westerly Sun ( http://bit.ly/uGDjg5) reported service had been restored to more than 100 customers by early Friday morning.

Customers have been without gas since Wednesday when the company detected air in the distribution system.

A senior center is open for shelter and meals, and the company has offered motel vouchers to customers who need a warm place to stay.

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Information from: The Westerly Sun, http://www.thewesterlysun.com

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