LAWRENCE, Mass. (WPRI) — Columbia Gas has announced gas service has been restored to 98% of residential and business customers in the Merrimack Valley.
Columbia Gas says there are less than 200 remaining customers who have decided to make the final repairs themselves.
Since the explosions on Sept. 13, the company says they have restored heat and hot water to nearly 7,500 residents and businesses, and nearly 18,500 new appliances have been installed.
“Our administration is committed to supporting the residents and businesses impacted by this tragic explosion, and while we have reached an important milestone to restore gas service there is much work to be done,” said Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. “We will continue to support the local officials and work with Columbia Gas as this project transitions, and appreciate the strong collaboration from this entire team to support the Merrimack Valley.”
Columbia Gas says they have received 24,417 claims with 17,227 resolved to date.
Approximately $77.96 million has been paid out to customers, including $19.47 million to business customers.