Wilkes-Barre, PA (September 8, 2011) – UGI Utilities, Inc. – because of expected severe flooding – is temporarily shutting down a portion of its gas system, affecting service to approximately 3,100 customers in evacuated Wyoming Valley homes in Wilkes-Barre, Forty Fort, Pringle, Luzerne and Plymouth.
The following areas are impacted:
- Forty Fort – River Street from Wyoming to West Turner; Rutter from Welles to Susquehanna; West Turner from River to dead end; East Turner from River to dead end; Susquehanna between East Turner and Rutter; Cayuga Place; Seneca Place; Oneida Drive; Butler Street from Welles to River; Snowden Street from Fort to Butler; Pomona Court to dead end; Myers Street from Butler to Walnut; Fort Street from Wyoming Avenue to Myers; River Street from Wyoming Avenue to dead end.
- Wilkes-Barre – Blackman from South Main to Beech; South Main from Blackman to Whalen Court; Parrish Street from South Main to High; Franklin Street from Union to South; Anheuser Lane from Franklin to dead end; Rear of the Bicentennial Building; Pennsylvania Avenue from West Northampton to Academy; Ross Street from South Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street.
- Pringle – Evans from Union to Cooper; Union from Wyoming to Buckingham.
- Luzerne – Marion Street from Tener to a dead end; Buckingham from Tener to Main; Main from Buckingham to Union; Ann Court from Hughes to Benoit; Walnut from Ann Court to Parry; Kelly from Willard to Walnut; Walnut from Carpenter to Main; Bennett Street from Carpenter to Kelly; Charles from Carpenter to Chapel; Miller from Fly Street to Jackson; Oliver Street from Tener to Jackson; Jackson between Oliver and Chestnut; Tener between Bennett and Pear; Academy from Walnut to Oliver; Sly from Walnut to Charles.
- Plymouth – Ferry Street from Moss to East Main; East Main from Vine to Washington; Vine Street; Mechanics Alley from Vine to Washington; Shonk Street from Durbin Street to Vine; Durbin Street; Nesbitt Alley; Gould Street; West Broadway Street from Vine to Chestnut; Chestnut from Vine to West Broadway.
The flood threat has resulted in the evacuation of the entire Wyoming Valley by 4 p.m. Thursday. Utility service in the immediate Wilkes-Barre area could be impacted, including 12,000 UGI Penn Natural Gas customers and up to 30,000 Electric customers.
Bob Stoyko, Vice President – Northern Region, said the area evacuated is essentially the same as that affected by Tropical Storm Agnes in 1972.
Stoyko said flooding may interrupt gas service and create electrical outages. Please call UGI at 1-800-276-2722 to report any gas or electric service interruption.
If you depend on medical equipment for life-support, we recommend that you purchase a back-up power supply or arrange to stay with family or friends. In a major outage, we may not be able to provide priority service in restoring electric service.
If you use a generator during an outage, please make sure it is used safely.
UGI will be fully staffed to deal with any power outages as quickly as possible.
UGI Utilities – Electric Division serves 62,000 customers in portions of Luzerne and Wyoming counties. Additional information about UGI’s Electric Division is available online at www.ugi.com.
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.