Natural Gas Service Shut Off in Jacksboro, City Scrambles to Keep Residents Warm


Today's sub-freezing temperatures causing a chilling problem for hundreds of residents in Jacksboro.
Liquid entering Texas Gas Service's Jacksboro distribution system forced the company to shut off service this morning so the problem could be repaired.
And as Mechell Dixon found out, it had city and county officials scrambling to keep residents warm.

Officials with the City of Jacksboro and Jack County spent the day informing and planning how to keep Texas Gas Service customers warm after the company forced to shut off service this morning.

From Jacksboro City Hall to the Jack County Courthouse electric sign, city and county officials were notifying residents about the interruption of natural gas service, although many learned about it during the early morning hours.

"When I got up at 4:30 and was making the decision on whether we have school or not I certainly was not thinking about no heat.  So, we started the school day and by 8:15 we realized and started getting reports.. calls from each of the campuses we're having problems," says Dennis Smith, superintendent for Jacksboro ISD.

All Jacksboro ISD students were released at 11 a.m. and county officials started informing residents through the emergency notification system.

"Which will go out to each telephone registered in the city limits of Jacksboro that will notify them of the problem if they're not aware of it," says Jack County Judge Mitchell Davenport.

Officials also worked to open facilities where residents could stay warm... But say they encountered a problem.

"Most of the big buildings in town are all gas heated.  So that started to cause a problem when we were looking at places where people could go to get warm," says Mike Smith, Jacksboro city manager.

But officials finally found two locations for warming centers and one for a American Red Cross shelter until Texas Gas Service repairs the problem and restores service.

The Jack County Youth Fair Barn and First Nation Bank's Scarborough Center are now warming centers.
And the Twin Lakes Activity Center is a temporary American Red Cross shelter.
Anyone needing a free ride to either facility can call Sharp Van Lines at 800-633--0852.

Texas Gas Service has extra crews from around the state and Oklahoma headed to Jacksboro to correct the problem.
   They also brought in compressed gas tanks from around the state to supply heat at the hospital and assisted living centers.
The gas company is expected to have all service restored by Saturday and school officials have canceled classes for Friday.

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