Hundreds of Lakenheath base residences still without gas

RAF MILDENHALL, England — Work to restore gas to more than 600 residences at RAF Lakenheath, England, seems to be proceeding ahead of an official estimate.

A contractor working in Liberty Village on Wednesday told Stars and Stripes that gas had been restored to more than half of the residences already and predicted all homes would have gas restored on Wednesday. Base officials announced Tuesday that gas would not be restored to all residences until Friday.

Many residents who spoke to Stripes said their gas had been restored Wednesday or earlier.

Contractors are “working on this issue around the clock to visit each home individually, and we have contracted with Calor Gas for additional 24-hour manpower until resolved,” the base posted on its website. “We’re estimated to have all units back online by close of business Friday, March 14.”

Residents are not required to be present for contractors to restore service, but they must leave their exterior gates and mechanical and electrical rooms unlocked, the release said. Pets should be kept indoors.

Gas was shut off to Liberty Village on Monday after a leak was detected near the tanks that supply the residences. The shutdown caused a loss of pressure in the system, forcing contractors to turn off the valve to each house.

Residents can check out space heaters from the base Self-Help store, according to the release. Families with children under 5 have priority.

The United Kingdom’s Met Office predicts temperatures will drop as low as about 37 degrees Fahrenheit between Wednesday and Friday in the Lakenheath area.

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