Smell of natural gas stinks up neighborhood - WNEM TV 5

Smell of natural gas stinks up neighborhood

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

The stench of natural gas has been lingering for weeks in a local woman's neighborhood.

Nothing has been done to fix it while crews have been out to check on the issue.

"It's horrible. You can't walk around the streets. It smells. You have to cover your mouth or you get it thick on your tongue," Lynn Evangelisti said.

She is fed up. She said she's tired of the stench of gas that fills the air in her neighborhood. It's happening at the intersection of Braley and Chestnut streets in southwest Saginaw.

"You get headaches and you know people don't want to walk here anymore. They don't want to come out here and children aren't really playing as much because it smells, it stinks," she said.

Consumers Energy said in a written statement there is an on-going natural gas leak in the area. The company said crews are monitoring the situation and that as of now, the levels of gas in the air are safe. Nonetheless, other residents said they're not taking any chances.

"I won't let my kids even come down here because your stomach turns. It's so bad to where you can't breathe," Jenny Visnaw said.

She said the gassy odor has been around for six weeks. She wants to see Consumers Energy do more to fix the problem.

"We should have that fresh air. Not have to worry about them coming home and getting a headache just from the smell of gas. They should be able to come out here and play like normal kids," Visnaw said.

Now the power company is taking action and moving forward with a project to get rid of the old gas line.

They plan to install more than 1,700 feet of new gas main starting early next week. Twenty-three service lines will also be replaced as well.

While Evangelisti is glad to hear about this work taking place, she's hoping this is the last time residents are getting an unwanted whiff of gas.

"Fix it right. Get it done properly so nobody gets sick. The animals aren't going to be affected. The children won't be affected and people will come back to the park," Evangelisti said.

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