Andover officials provide list of “cleared” streets after major gas explosions


In this image take from video provided by WCVB in Boston, firefighters battle a raging house fire in Lawrence, Mass, a suburb of Boston, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Emergency crews are responding to what they believe is a series of gas explosions that have damaged homes across three communities north of Boston. (WCVB via AP)

Thousands of gas meters in town were impacted during Thursday’s series of explosions and subsequent fires, authorities say.

Friday evening, Town Manager Andrew Flanagan, Police Chief Patrick Keefe, and Fire Chief Michael Mansfield gave an update about the ongoing response for the gas explosions in Andover and identified the streets and neighborhoods that were not affected by the dangerous gas incident.

A full list of cleared streets is available here.

The 2,000 Columbia Gas customers affected by the explosions are still being asked to not return to their homes or businesses until further notice. The Cormier Youth Center will remain open as a receiving center for residents without a place to stay.

Authorities say in most cases, streets on the “clear” list will have electricity, but some will not.

Residents whose homes are on the clear list, but whose gas was shut off as a precaution, should not attempt to turn their gas back on, safety officials say.

Eversource crews will restore service when it is safe to do so, and residents should wait for Eversource to restore their service.

“I am grateful for the patience of the community as we work through this process,” Town Manager Flanagan stated in a news release to 22News. “We are confident that significant progress will be made over the weekend, and the town of Andover will do everything it can to support the restoration effort.”

There is no definite timetable set for completing the restoration of gas service, but officials are hoping to report significant progress throughout the weekend.

Multiple locations in Lawrence and North Andover were also affected by the gas explosions.

Fire officials and police responded to a total of 70 different addresses in the Merrimack Valley for Thursday’s gas explosions.

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