Columbia Gas Leak @Smart911 alert.

This is a message from the town of North Andover regarding the gas line explosions and fires that occurred yesterday. There were approximately 1600 meters in North Andover that were impacted during the event. The town has been able to identify the streets and neighborhoods that were not impacted and posted that “clear” list on the town’s website. Those residents can return to their homes. In most cases, those houses will have electricity, but in some cases, they will not.  If you were on that “clear” list and have returned to your home or business and out of precaution you had shut off your gas service only a gas utility representative can turn your gas service back on. Do not turn the service back on yourself.

For the approximately 1600 meters that were impacted, those residents should not return to their homes. Gas utility representatives in conjunction with the fire and police officers are going door to door to shut off meters and check for residual gas within the home. Once all shut offs are complete, the electricity can be restored. We hope that will occur no later than sometime tomorrow. This is only the first step. Restoration of gas service will require additional steps and take several days. More information will follow regarding restoration.

We recommend that you continue to monitor the town’s website for more information.