I am attaching the press release from the City of Dallas concerning the gas shut off situation in this area of the city. I spoke with Councilwoman Jennifer Gates early this morning and was assured that gas service to the school would continue uninterrupted allowing us to stay open and fully functioning. Our lines were tested yesterday by Atmos and there were no issues of any kind and we have been assures that we are safe. I will be speaking with a representative from Atmos today to learn more about the situation in the neighborhood.
We do know that some of our families will be impacted by this shut off and will be providing information and resources to them as it is available. Atmos will have personnel available at the Walnut Hill Recreation Center for those affected to provide support and information. The press release below contains the Atmos website which may be helpful. We appreciate your support and patience as we continue to receive information and work to keep you informed.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Atmos Energy to Conduct Planned Outage
2,800 homes affected under plan to replace natural gas delivery system
DALLAS – Out of an abundance of caution, Atmos Energy will begin a scheduled service outage, starting at noon Thursday and lasting several hours, to replace the natural gas line system in expanded parts of northwest Dallas.
The planned outage will affect about 2,800 homes and may require up to two or three weeks before service is restored in phases, said John Paris, president of Atmos Energy’s Mid-Tex division.
“We will be working around the clock as we replace any necessary pipelines and other equipment and will try our best to minimize any disruption,” Paris said.
The outage is necessary to repair Atmos Energy’s natural gas distribution system after recent extraordinary rains in North Texas as well as geological conditions in the area have caused leaks. Repair work already has taken place over the past few days.
This action is not being taken because of any imminent emergency or danger.
Mandatory relocations are not necessary in the affected neighborhoods, generally in the area bounded by Walnut Hill to the north, Webb Chapel to the west, near Northwest Highway to the south and Lakemont Drive to the east.
Atmos Energy is deploying more than 120 crews to quickly complete this work. They also will be on hand to assist each homeowner as service is restored.
For those who want to leave, Atmos Energy will offer financial assistance for hotels or other accommodations during the repairs. It also is working with the city of Dallas and other agencies to assist if necessary
Atmos Energy Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, is the country’s largest, fully-regulated, natural-gas-only distributor, serving over three million natural gas distribution customers in over 1,400 communities in eight states from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the East to the Rocky Mountains in the West. Atmos Energy also manages company-owned natural gas pipeline and storage assets, including one of the largest intrastate natural gas pipeline systems in Texas. For more information, visit www.atmosenergy.com. Atmos Energy can also be accessed through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.