PEARL RIVER, NY June 23, 2012 2:00 pm — So far, more than half of the Nyack natural gas customers whose service was shut off by O&R Thursday in order to extinguish a natural gas fire in the village have been returned to service as of 1 p.m. today.
A small army of natural gas technicians working for O&R since Thursday night haverestored gas service to approximately 220 of the 386 services (476 customers) thus far. All of the 386 gas service locations have been visited at least once by repair crews.
Normal gas work on the O&R system has been suspended to devote all gas resources to the Nyack event. Mutual aid crews from Con Edison, Central Hudson and National Grid are supplementing O&R’s efforts. Contractor crews from PPS and ULS are also part of the workforce today.
The three-step gas restoration process is:
Each building affected to be visited by a gas technician to shut off the building’s gas service.
For O&R to then activate the gas main (which had been de-activated to put out Thursday’s fire) for that area once all the individual gas services have been shut off.
Then, a second visit to each building by a gas technician to restore gas service to the individual buildings (light the pilot lights)
Among the streets affected are: Tallman Ave., N. Broadway, North Midland, Haven Court, Front St., Castle Heights Ave., Hart Place, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Avenues and Ackerman Place.
The gas main replacement project is aimed at upgrading the Nyack gas system from a low pressure to high pressure system. One of the advantages of a high-pressure system is that it features more valves that can isolate outages and limit their scope. The low pressure system does not have this feature.