Town of Jacksboro still without heat after gas line problem

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on February 6, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 7 at 5:43 AM

JACKSBORO-A significant part of the town of Jacksboro remained without heat on Friday morning as gas crews worked to fully repair a main service line that had filled with liquid.
 
Roughly 1,200 customers were impacted when Texas Gas Service said it had to cut off service to clean the line on Thursday morning.
 
The company said around 75 workers, including some from neighboring states like Oklahoma, were on the ground trying to fix the problem.
 
Sarah Turner, 73, was one of a handful of residents that braved out the icy chill at an overnight shelter established by the city and the Red Cross at the Twin Lakes Activity Center.
 
"Here I am, starting to feel warmer," she told News 8 on Thursday.
 
Other folks like Stacey Little were using a warm fire, space heater and even warmth from a vent to the dryer to hear their homes.
 
"I want to stay here.  I don't want to go out there," said Little.
 
The town setup an incident command center at the local fire station.
 
City manager Mike Smith said it could be Friday night or even into Saturday before heating was fully restored.
 
"Just came out of no where, it was a total shock," said Smith.
 
Electricity remained on in the city so residents with electric power were okay, said Smith.
 
Texas Gas also brought in natural gas trailers to heat the town's senior citizen homes, the hospital and Lindsay State Jail.
 
When restoration occurs, officials reminded people workers will be going house to house.  
 
Jacksboro ISD dismissed early on Thursday and was expected to be closed on Friday. 

 

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