Xcel Energy of Minnesota has reported an interruption in gas service has caused a interruption in for about 2,700 customers in the Waverly and Montrose communities in Wright County.
In a statement issued Tuesday, the company writes:
“We know it is quite cold and are working as safely and as quickly as possible to ensure you have heat. We expect to complete repairs throughout this evening and will work thoughout the night to reach each home to relight pilot lights.
“During this service interruption, please open your faucets and leave a slow trickle of water running from them. This will help prevent water pipes from freezing.
“Emergency officials have infomed us that those who need shelter may go to the City of Howard Lake Community Center at 615 6th Ave., or the Howard Lake Middle School at 801 8th Ave.
“Remember, if you ever detect a sulfur or ‘rotten egg smell’ inside your home, it could be the odorant (Xcel) puts in natural gas to help detect leaks. If you notice that smell, please leave your home immediately. Do not turn any electrical devices on or off and never use any phone until you are outside and safely away from the area. Then call [Xcel Energy] at 1-800-895-2999. In an emergency, call 911.”
National Weather Service forecasts called for a low of about 17 degrees Tuesday night, with a high of just 20 degrees expected on Wednesday. Wind chills could dip below zero with strong wind out of the north at over 20 MPH Tuesday night.