Gas is off for 1K+ at Ithaca after the line is cut

ITHACA, Mich. (WNEM) – The City of Ithaca reports that about 1,400 Consumers Energy customers will have their natural gas cut off after a high-pressure gas line was severed Friday morning.

The city reports that the line outside of town was hit while tiles were being installed in a farm field.

According to Gratiot County Central Dispatch, Consumers Energy crews will go door-to-door to every customer, both business and residential, to manually shut off the gas. He adds that once the line is repaired, consumers will remove the air from the line, then return to each affected residence or business and manually relight their gas line.

“Fortunately, no one was hurt, so there’s really no ongoing effect from that perspective,” said Brian Wheeler, media relations manager for Consumers Energy. “While we know this is an inconvenience, our job and responsibility is to make repairs quickly and safely and then restore service to everyone as quickly as possible.”

Wheeler said Consumers Energy would start knocking on doors again Saturday morning to turn off meters they couldn’t access Friday night.

The central dispatch reports that gas will be restored no sooner than Saturday afternoon, but it could take a few days.

He adds that there was and still is no danger to anyone.

Anyone with questions or looking for an update should call Consumers Energy at 800-477-5050.

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