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Moisture in gas lines freezes the heat for some local families

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Winter's wrath continues to lay it on.

"A weird winter. We've had a very strange winter," said Saginaw resident Dorothy Licht.

Licht and her husband Frank say this winter is one of the worst they remember.  But on Monday, when they thought Mother Nature couldn't possibly land any more punches, came the knockout blow. 

"In the morning I got up and it was cold in here. The first thing I checked was the furnace, and it wasn't working," said Frank Licht.

The natural gas that fuels their furnace, hot water heater and stove stopped flowing into their home and it got cold inside in a hurry.

"The coldest was 58," said Dorothy Licht.

Consumers Energy came out.  The problem was moisture in the gas line that had froze.

Crews pumped the moisture out on Monday and the Lichts got gas back into their home late last night.

"He says it does happen different times, when there's water in the lines, especially when it's cold like this," said Frank Licht.

The Lichts weren't the only ones left in the cold by the frozen meters.  Several other homes in their neighborhood had were without heat.  Consumer's workers were back in the neighborhood Tuesday night working on the problem.

"Never, never, never ever, anywhere we've lived, it's never happened like that," said Frank Licht.

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