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Seguin and parts of McQueeney without natural gas service following damage to pipeline

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Updated on March 9 at 4:30 p.m.:

Natural gas is expected to return to most homes and businesses in Seguin by Friday, according CenterPoint Energy. A third-party gas company has made repairs to a damaged pipeline.

The natural gas outage has affected at least 4,300 homes and businesses in Seguin and McQueeny, about 40 miles east from San Antonio. On Wednesday, CenterPoint Energy said the third-party company that damaged the gas line had made repairs and service could begin to be restored. But it’s a long process.

Each of the homes and businesses have already had their gas meters turned off and will have to be visited one-by-one by technicians with center point in order to have their gas re-lit. More than 300 employees have been brought on to handle the task. CenterPoint said customers do not need to do anything other than have an someone over the age of 18 at the home or business when a technician arrives. Natural gas service has so far been restored to a hospital and a nursing home in Seguin.

Previous reporting from March 8:

All of Seguin and parts of neighboring McQueeney lost natural gas service to homes and businesses on Tuesday.

CenterPoint Energy explained the outage is the result of damage to a natural gas pipeline that serves the towns.

More than 200 technicians are in Seguin working to restore service, but it could take four to five days. The company said all meters in the city will have to be manually turned off before the system can be reactivated and eventually restored.

CenterPoint plans to work around the clock with hopes that all meters will be turned off by noon Wednesday.

Customers will need to be home when the technicians will have to turn each natural gas meter back on.

Once the main transmission line is repaired, the system can then be recharged. At that point, CenterPoint will commence the individual manual turn-ons of each meter within the system.

Some customers may have service restored sooner than others.

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