Parts of Lorain Country without heat due to natural gas disruption

ELYRIA, Ohio - About 300 Lorain County residents have had their natural gas service restored after a disruption knocked out heat on one of the coldest nights in years.

As of 8:30 a.m., 2,200 customers are still without natural gas and likely will be for several more hours, according to a news release from Columbia Gas.

Columbia Gas crews are working to restore service to several areas including:

  • Eaton Township
  • North Ridgeville: Areas west of Root Rd, South of Chestnut Ridge and Sugar Ridge
  • Elyria: Southeast corner of the city; Songbird Development and Commons Area.

Lorain County Emergency Management tells NewsChannel5 that about 2,200 customers are affected. Crews have to go door to door to shut off the gas. Once pressure re-builds, they can turn the gas back on. OEM says that process could take days.

People who leave their homes for somewhere warmer are being asked to leave contact information on their door so crews can reach them when they arrive. 

Donald Bates said his neighbors began calling early Monday evening to see if his furnace was working.

Bates’ kitchen range had enough natural gas service to put out a small flame on its highest setting, but there was not enough gas to run his furnace.

“We have one heater and we’re just bundling up and just waiting out the storm,” he said.

The one space heater put into service was keeping his home at 64 degrees, according to the home's thermostat.

Columbia Gas crews are still working to restore full service to the area.

Affected residents are encourage to run faucets at a trickle to prevent pipes from freezing.

A warming shelter is open at St. Mary's Hall, 320 Middle Ave, Elyria for affected individuals.

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