LAWRENCE, MASS. (WHDH) - Teams are going door-to-door conducting safety inspections in the Merrimack Valley as work gets underway to replace damaged gas lines Monday following disastrous explosions and fires earlier this month.
Dozens of Columbia Gas and contracted construction teams will begin replacing the 48-mile, cast iron and bare steel distribution system with state-of-the-art infrastructure and safety features, according to a statement issued Thursday. This is expected to be completed by Nov. 19.
Hundreds of residents in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover remain without gas, leaving them in the cold as fall-like temperatures enter the area.
Officials plan to distribute 24,000 space heaters following the inspections of each affected home.
If they determine a house is unfit for a space heater, officials said they will find an alternative for the residents.
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