Piedmont Natural Gas trucks in Farmville reconnecting lines after gas leak forces residents from homes

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FARMVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Progress was being made to repair a gas leak and reconnect lines for those who were without heat Friday night and Saturday.

Pitt County Emergency Management reported a gas pipeline was damaged on Friday and led to 1,400 customers in Greene County and Farmville without heat. Greene County Emergency Services first reported the gas leak of a Piedmont Natural Gas line just after 2 p.m. near 314 Burnette Road. The damage was caused by a third-party group, Pitt County Emergency Management said in a Facebook post. Evacuations were executed near the site of the leak and Burnette Road was closed to traffic.

Saturday, Farmville police posted on Facebook that Mayor John Moore said Piedmont Gas had over 100 trucks in town reconnecting lines. He also left instructions for residents so the job could be completed faster.

WNCT’s Ford Sanders reports a statement was released by Piedmont Natural Gas about working to restore services. The warming station was still open at the Farmville Fire Department and would remain open for residents who lost their service until it was fully restored.

At 4:20 p.m. Friday, Greene County Emergency Services said the leak had been shut off and repairs would be made, which would continue overnight and into Saturday morning. The road was reopened and residents who lived near the site of the leak could return home.

Pitt County Emergency Management said in a Facebook post Friday night the Farmville fire station, located at 3713 N. Main St., was opened as a warming station while the repairs were being made. Only those who are impacted by the gas leak to the line, which extends through Farmville and loss of heat were eligible to stay at the warming station.

“Piedmont technicians will be working around customer homes into the night through early morning to make repairs,” PCEM said in a Facebook post. “Updates will be communicated to customers on Saturday, January 30, 2021. Customer Service for Piedmont Natural gas can be reached at 1 (800) 752-7504.”

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