‘When will gas return to Welham Green?’

PUBLISHED: 16:29 13 September 2016 | UPDATED: 16:29 13 September 2016

National Grid engineers descended on the village in force on Monday morning

National Grid engineers descended on the village in force on Monday morning

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Engineers have fixed the water leak that has disrupted Welham’s Green’s gas supply, but can not say when homes will be reconnected.

National Grid workers who have been in Welham Green since Sunday evening had found the leak into the mains by Tuesday morning, and pumped the pipes dry.

But before they can turn the gas supply on, they have to turn it off individually in about 1,500 homes, using warrants and locksmiths if necessary.

A spokesman said: “We were alerted on Sunday after water entered our local network of gas pipes and we’ve have been working around the clock since then to fix the situation.

“To restore supplies we first need to switch off gas at all of the properties involved.

“All the properties affected have been visited and gas switched off at the majority.

“Our engineers are currently visiting properties where they have been so far unable to get access to do this.

”Once this process has been complete we can start to get properties back on gas.

“People are reminded that they should ask to see the official identity cards of callers before letting them into their homes.

“We’re working closely with the local authority and housing association to identify and make provision for vulnerable customers and we’ll continue to do all we can to restore gas supplies as quickly and safely as possible.

“Once supplies have been restored we’ll investigate the cause of the incident.

“We have set up an incident room at North Mymms Bowls Club, Bushwood Close, Dellsome Lane, Welham Green, AL9 7YZ, if people need further information.”


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