Power Restored to Half of Lehigh Co. Residents

A UGI spokesman wants to remind customers not to attempt to turn gas service back on their own, and to wait for a worker to come to their house

Thursday, Jan 24, 2013  |  Updated 2:02 PM EDT
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Gas Goes Off in Parts of Freezing Lehigh County

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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Gas Goes Off in Parts of Freezing Lehigh County

Residents in Coplay, Pa. and parts of Whitehall Township were without natural gas service Wednesday. NBC10's Christine Maddela finds out why it could take a while to get everyone back online.
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A utility company is working to restore gas service to hundreds of homes in two communities in eastern Pennsylvania as the region battles a brutal cold spell.

UGI said early Thursday that more than half of customers in the Coplay and Whitehall areas of Lehigh County have had their gas service restored.

An overnight system pressure issue slowed down restoration efforts, according to UGI, but as of 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, that issue has been resolved.

Workers will continue through the day and into Thursday evening until every customer has service.

Officials say that in order to restore service they had to turn off natural gas service at each individual home.

UGI wants to remind customers not to attempt to turn gas service back on their own. Workers will go door-to-door to turn it on and re-light appliances.

The American Red Cross has also set up a shelter in the area. It's expected to be open until around midday Thursday.

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