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:
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.