Thousands face weeks without heat

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More than 7,000 Rhode Island homes were left without heat Monday evening due to a problem with natural gas lines.

 About 6,800 of the affected homes and businesses were in Newport.

 Gas supplier National Grid said in a statement on its website that it had multiple teams on the ground assessing the situation, adding that “this restoration process may be a multi-day event for those impacted.” 

 The utility said it had 1,000 people working on the restoration process.

 The utility said it will reimburse room costs for customers in need of lodging.

 “We encourage all to check on the elderly and your neighbors and ensure you have a plan to stay warm,” Tim Horan, president of National Grid Rhode Island, said in a news release.

 Governor Gina Raimondo declared a state of emergency for Newport County, and several warming shelters have been opened.

 Read more: http://bit.ly/2U93H6Z

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