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SATURDAY UPDATE: Duluth now asking residents east of Lake Ave. to keep thermostats at 62 degrees through the weekend

Published: Jan. 28, 2022 at 7:05 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 29, 2022 at 8:05 AM CST
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8:30 A.M. SATURDAY UPDATE: The City of Duluth is now asking residents living east of Lake Avenue to keep their thermostats at 62 degrees through the rest of the weekend.

City leaders issued that update Saturday morning.

In a news release, they said they are making progress on fixing a ruptured gas line in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, which was run over by a contractor Thursday night.

The main that was hit is the City’s largest natural gas main. Because gas flows west to east, residents east of Lake Avenue are the customer base affected by a possible natural gas disruption.

“Reducing thermostats east of Lake Avenue helps make sure that all businesses and homes are able to heat with the gas remaining in the system. Without customer assistance neighborhoods are at risk of a full gas shutoff,” city leaders said.

City officials say their crews are working hard to repair the pipe.

“This work takes time and is complicated,” Greg Guerrero, Interim Director of Public Works &Utilities said. “We are seeing a positive impact from customers making the temperature reduction, which lessens the load on our gas system and makes our jobs easier. We understand that this is an inconvenience and we greatly appreciate the community’s help throughout this process.”

Duluth leaders encouraged residents to sign up for the Northland alert system, which will notify residents immediately when they are able to turn up their thermostats.

KBJR 6 will continue following this story and bring you updates immediately as they come in.

UPDATE - As of 6:20 p.m., the City of Duluth said it has expanded the area where they’re asking residents to lower their thermostats to 62 degrees.

According to the city, at this time all natural gas users east of Lake Avenue should lower their thermostats until further notice.

Still no word on when the gas line issue could be resolved.

DULUTH, MN -- The City of Duluth is extending and expanding the request for residents to keep their thermostats at 62 degrees “until further notice.”

Residents in the Lakeside and Woodland neighborhoods were originally told at 6:45 a.m. Friday they could raise their thermostat starting at 11 a.m.

They have now expanded the ask to include “residential and commercial property owners east of Lake Avenue and north of Arrowhead Road all the way to McQuade Harbor.”

This request comes after a contractor ruptured a gas line Thursday night in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

The city says this change is necessary to reduce the overall load and avoid the possibility of a neighborhood-by-neighborhood shutdown of gas.

City leaders are planning a press conference at 12:30 p.m. We will stream it live on our website and Facebook pages.

DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) -The city of Duluth is asking residents and businesses in Duluth’s Lakeside and Woodland neighborhoods to immediately reduce the thermostat temperature in their home to 62 degrees until 11:00 a.m today.

The city says this change is necessary to reduce the overall load and avoid the possibility of a neighborhood-by-neighborhood shutdown of gas.

The move comes after a contractor in the Lincoln Park area ruptured a gas line Thursday night.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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