UPDATE #2 Salem Police Department Provides Update on Gas Service Restoration

SALEM– Deputy Chief Joel Dolan wishes to provide an update following yesterday’s gas leak.

As of 12 p.m. Tuesday, the majority of affected customers had their gas service restored.

A gas line on South Broadway was damaged during road work on Monday morning, leaving approximately 325 gas customers without service. Salem Police had an officer working on scene who was able to immediately report the leak, and additional members of the Salem Police and Fire Departments arrived at the scene just before 9:15 a.m. Monday.

Once the gas line was repaired at approximately 7 p.m. Monday, Unitil technicians began going door-to-door to restore gas service.

“We’d like to thank our residents for their patience and cooperation throughout this situation,” Deputy Chief Dolan said. “Fortunately, we had an officer on-scene working a detail when the leak happened, so we were able to respond swiftly and notify the utility company so that repairs could begin as quickly as possible.”

Unitil technicians were unable to make contact with the owners of several locations while restoring gas service. The owners of those homes and buildings can call Unitil’s Gas Emergency Line at 866-933-3820 to have a technician come out to restore gas service.