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For the latest Lawrence Gas Emergency information, Please visit: www.cityoflawrence.com/gasemergency
Timeline of services being delivered to South Lawrence residents affected by the gas disaster.9/22: Hot Plate Roll out— National Guardsman will go door to door in South Lawrence and distribute hot plates to residents who have no gas in their homes. The guardsman will have identification indicating that they are working on relief efforts.9/24: Space Heater Assessment— Teams that consist of an electrician, a guardsman, and potentially a firefighter will go door to door to assess each affected home to determine whether a space heater can be used in the home. Space heaters will not be appropriate for all homes. If deemed unsafe, the team will work with residents to determine alternate options. 9/26: Full Assessents— Teams of licensed plumbers and electricians, Columbia Gas reps, National Guardsman and a translater will be in the affected neighborhoods doing full assessments of appliances, boilers, and furnaces to determine what, if any, appliances need to be replaced. Appliances needing to be replaced will be purchased and installed by Columbia Gas and their respective licensed teams. Important things to know:-There will be a job fair for translators, plumbers and electricians at Greater Lawrence Technical High School on River Road in Andover tomorrow, Saturday, September 22nd from 9am-7pm. If you cannot make the job fair but are still interested in working through this gas disaster you can call the Columbia Gas Job Line at 866-960-7285.-The Resource Center will be open today (September 21st) from 12pm-7pm at the Lawrence Elks Club on Andover Street in Lawrence. After today, residents can call 211 to connect with resources and have their questions answered.-The Columbia Gas Claims Center will be open today from 10am-8pm at the Reliefs In, 1 Market Street in Lawrence and will be open daily until further notice. -The MVRTA #85 Bus Route will travel through South Lawrence and be free until further notice. It will do a continuous loop through south Lawrence. The route can be found on the main website for Columbia Gas. -There will be 40 crews out across South Lawrence next week to begin repairing gas mains. Keep in mind that this will directly impact traffic. Allow yourself extra time to travel in and through South Lawrence.
For Customers In the Affected Area
Updated Recovery Resource Center Location for Tuesday, September 18 Lawrence Regional Recovery Resource CenterTuesday, September 18, 11:00 AM – 8:00 PMAddress: Elks Lodge, 652 Andover Street, Lawrence, MACustomers who need assistance related to the natural gas incident in Merrimack Valley can get help at a new location. Merrimack Valley Property Claims CenterLocation: Relief's In, 1 Market Street Lawrence, MA 01841Hours: Tuesday 9 AM to 9 PM, Wednesday 10 AM to 8 PM.
For Customers in the Affected Area - https://www.columbiagasma.com/en/merrimack-valley-incident#affectedFor Customers Outside of the Affected Areahttps://www.columbiagasma.com/en/merrimack-valley-incident#outsideaffected
As we continue to support the people and communities impacted by the events in the Merrimack Valley area to ensure public safety and restore service as quickly and as safely as possible, below is an operational status report of our progress as of September 16, 2018 @ 15:00. There are 26 organization supporting this effort.
There is an active working 3 alarm fire on Diamond Street. Mutual aid is on scene to assist the Lawrence Fire Department.What we know right now:This address was not in the affected area of the gas disaster from Thursday.The fire is completely unrelated to the gas disaster.Residents in south Lawrence should continue to return to their homes- be vigilant and check your home when you arrive. If you see something or smell something say something - 211 for information and 911 for emergencies.
Lawrence - South Lawrence 7:00 AM - Return HomeThe Evacuation of South Lawrence Continues – and will be lifted at 7am tomorrow morning.Shelters will remain open at the Arlington, Parthum Sch. And we have opened an additional 3rd shelter at CentralPlease be patientThe house to house inspection and gas clearing process is time consuming but important.You will hear reports of lights coming on in neighborhoods across the City over night. Do not return to your homes before 7am.All along North Andover & Andover have had different and distinct recovery processes then the City. This is appropriate and warranted for the reasons I discussed yesterday. Lawrence families affected by this gas disaster will be safest by waiting until 7am to return to their home.because all of the houses have not had there Gas turned Off & cleared.Of all the people evacuated – we know of a dozen families that are permanently displaced.Tomorrow at 1 pm at the site of one of the shelters the Arlington School the City of Lawrence & MEMA will be having a Housing recovery resource center focused on those families and others that we become aware of.We also have helped Columbia Gas run its 1st Biz/Residential Claims center at the Lawrence Public Library where they took claims and handed out debit cards to customers. It will reopen tomorrow at 9am at the Old high school across the street from the Library.We did have 3 calls for gas leaks in the City today. We verified 2 common class 1 gas leaks not specifically related to the incident on Thursday. Both are either closed are in the final stages of being closed.Again if you need to get a question answered or verified you can call 211 if there is an emergency please call 911The City will continue to update the community through our website:
Free Access for Lawrence Residents to Xfinity WiFi hotspotsTo help residents and emergency personnel stay connected following the Merrimack Valley gas fires, we’re opening nearly 89,000 Xfinity WiFi hotspots in eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. The hotspots will help residents and emergency personnel stay connected following the Merrimack Valley gas fires. The hotspots will be available to anyone who needs them, including non-Xfinity customers, for free and will remain open until Monday, September 17, 2018.For a map of the Xfinity WiFi hotspots, residents can visit http://wifi.xfinity.com/ and enter their zipcode.Once in range of a hotspot, they should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.Xfinity internet customers can sign in with their usernames and passwords, and will be automatically connected to Xfinity WiFi hotspots in the future. Non-Xfinity internet subscribers should visit the “Not an Xfinity Internet Customer” section on the sign-in page to get started.Non-customers will be able to renew their complimentary sessions every two hours while the hotspots are available.
UPDATE: If you are a South Lawrence resident who needs access to your home for medications/pets, please report to one of the two shelters at the Arlington school or the Parthum School and let a police officer know. An MVRTA bus will pick you up and get you safely to your home to retrieve those items.