LAUREL, Md. -- BGE crews have been working since Thursday to restore gas to hundreds of Laurel residents left without hot water or heat.
“The gentleman just told me that I won’t be on until Tuesday because my section has the majority of the damage. And then on top of that, my appliances might be damaged.”, said resident Cosette Nusen.
According to BGE Spokesperson, Aaron Koos, a broken water main caused damage to the underground gas main, affecting over 400 customers.
Crews then had to go door-to-door, turning off gas meters to clear the system.
“Some areas of the main were filled to capacity with mud, sludge, rocks, that were pumped in when the water infiltrated the gas main. Quite a large section of main has had to be completely replaced.”, said Koos.
In the meantime, Laurel Mayor, Craig Moe, has opened up community centers to allow people to take hot showers until the gas is turned back on.
“I’ve actually relocated somewhere else with my children until this has been fixed.”, said Nusen.
According to Koos, crews are working around the clock in all sections of the gas-main simultaneously to restore service to customers as quickly as possible.
Laurel resident, Aquil Bryant says the situation is definitely inconvenient, but seems content with the response.
He said, “I know that everyone, including the BGE staff is doing everything that they can to get the gas restored as soon as possible, so I appreciate that.”
The Robert J DiPietro Community Center will open Monday at 9:00am for anyone needing to shower.
BGE expects everyone’s gas to be restored by Tuesday