Bloomsburg, PA (September 12, 2011) – UGI Utilities, Inc., crews have begun repairs to a gas line – serving 268 UGI Penn Natural Gas customers – severed Thursday when flood waters and erosion washed away a telephone pole, which damaged the line as it uprooted.
UGI was unable to start work until flood waters receded to a safe level. The severed line serves customers in the Buckhorn and Fernville areas, as well as the Columbia Mall commercial district.
Because of the extensive damage to the line, located near a bridge between Bloomsburg and Fernville, it is expected that repairs and restoration of gas service will not be completed until late in the week.
Approximately 70 of these customers are also affected by significant flooding. Assessment of flood damage to equipment may be necessary before service is restored.
The following steps will be necessary to restore natural gas service to homes in the area:
UGI thanks customers for their patience and apologizes for the inconvenience.
UGI Penn Natural Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of UGI Utilities, Inc. UGI Penn Natural Gas serves approximately 160,000 customers in 13 counties throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania, including customers in and around Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport. Additional information about UGI’s Penn Natural Gas is available at www.ugi.com.