MONTROSE AND WAVERLY, MN – Montrose and Waverly residents are currently experiencing a natural gas outage.
Xcel Energy posted a message on its website regarding the outage.
Acording to the message, a construction project accidentally caused an interruption of natural gas service to the Waverly and Montrose areas.
“We are working safely and as quickly as possible to restore gas to the system; however, restoration work will continue into Wednesday,” the message said. “We will provide another update as more information becomes available.”
Xcel technicians are going house to house to turn off the gas meters as a safety precaution.
“We expect to complete repairs on our system this evening and will work throughout the night to go to each home impacted by this situation to relight the pilot lights on natural gas appliances,” the message said.
It encouraged residents to seek shelter if needed, but noted someone at least 18 years of age or older must be present to provide access for technicians.
“Please know that if you are at a shelter or other location, crews will continue to return to homes until we can relight your appliances and/or they may make entry, with law enforcement, through the use of a locksmith,” the message said. “Please leave an outside light on for our technicians. All Xcel Energy employees or authorized contract workers will have photo identification.”
To help prevent water pipes from freezing, residents are asked to open the faucets and leave a slow trickle of water running from them.
As an important safety reminder, 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, 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 at 1-800-895-2999. In an emergency, call 911.
“We apologize for any inconvenience you may experience related to this incident,” the message concluded.