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Downtown Akron hit by natural gas outage Saturday night

Repair crews expected to work into Sunday to resume service to customers
Energy prices like natural gas are going up and will affect consumers this winter, experts say.
Energy prices like natural gas are going up and will affect consumers this winter, experts say.(Photo by Rissa Shaw)
Published: Jan. 22, 2022 at 6:38 PM EST
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AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - Residents and businesses downtown are currently without natural gas and likely will remain so through Sunday.

Dominion Energy Ohio provided an update at about 10:45 p.m., that crews are continuing to work through the night and extra personnel is being brought in.

Officials said the outage was caused by water seeping into the lines earlier today, which has impacted service.

Customers who need shelter for the night are urged to call Dominion Energy at, 1-877-542-2630 as warming centers have closed for the evening.

The city of Akron has opened four warming centers in anticipation of the weekend cold front, and will reopen Sunday.

Officials recommend the following steps for customers without service to prevent potential damage to gas pipes:

  • Let water from your faucet drip. A trickle of water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing.
  • Open cabinet doors. This allows any heat to travel to un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.
  • Or you may choose to shut off the water and drain the water system. Be aware that if you have a fire protection sprinkler system, it may be de-activated when you shut off the water.

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