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September 13, 2018 7:01 PM

Lawrence evacuation and Shelters Information

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Latest Update:

September 21, 2018 2:11 PM

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.

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September 19, 2018 3:51 PM

For Customers In the Affected Area

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September 17, 2018 9:42 PM

Updated Recovery Resource Center Location for Tuesday, September 18

Lawrence Regional Recovery Resource Center
Tuesday, September 18, 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Address: Elks Lodge, 652 Andover Street, Lawrence, MA

Customers who need assistance related to the natural gas incident in Merrimack Valley can get help at a new location.

Merrimack Valley Property Claims Center
Location: Relief's In, 1 Market Street Lawrence, MA 01841
Hours: Tuesday 9 AM to 9 PM, Wednesday 10 AM to 8 PM.

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