Gas back on to Bay City residents after days without heat
By Andrew Keller, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -
Several homes were without heat for a number of days in a west side Bay City neighborhood but the power has since been restored.
Some homes in Bay City were without natural gas for almost 6 days, after a water main break last week.
Residents said not having heat was only half of the problem.
"I couldn't take a shower," said a resident named June.
June didn't have heat in her home since a water main break led to frozen gas lines last Thursday. She said the gas replacement project took its toll on her and her family. But the stress is not limited to homeowners.
"24/7, they're out here, since Thursday," June told TV5, as she pointed to the utility crews near her home.
It's tough work for the guys whose job it was to get the heat flowing again.
"It's the first time I've ever been called in on emergency this big, in 20 years of doing it, 21 years of pipelining, with people with no heat at all," said Barry Henry.
Henry is a foreman with Hydraker-Wheatlake Company out of Reed City. Twenty-five contract workers from across the state were called by Consumers Energy, and they joined some 60 Consumers workers.
They had to replace the old gas lines. Henry said his guys worked nearly 14 hours on Sunday and another 13 in by the end of Monday night.
"We've all been pulled off other jobs to come to this job to help Consumers get done," said Henry, daunting work but important work.
"People without heat, we know how cold it is working outside, so we just came and did what we have to do," said Henry.
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