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Hamilton gas outage: Officials hope to begin restoring services this afternoon

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Posted at 2:09 PM, Jan 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-18 19:47:03-05

HAMILTON, Ohio — While some Hamilton residents are staying at Courtyard by Marriott and a local warming center, Hamilton officials are working to fix a natural gas outage in the city’s West Side, the Journal-News reports.

James Williams, director of Public Works, said he hopes to start bringing up services around 4 p.m. today. He said the city will need access to homes and businesses to clear out any meters that are located inside the buildings.

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He said those affected are in the area of Main Street, D Street, Park Avenue and E to B Streets.

“We believe the water source entered our medium pressure system, which initially showed up in our distribution (low pressure) system,” he said. “We are shutting down water mains in the immediate vicinity to pinpoint the source.”

The plan is to work down Park Avenue from E to B, then close Main Street after Park Avenue has been completed and reopened to work from D to B down Main Street.

Residents who are staying at a warming center should contact the city to coordinate access into their homes/businesses by calling 513-785-7550, option 4.

About 30 customers on Hamilton’s West Side were without natural gas Friday.