800 Wilstead homes and businesses without gas after mains rupture

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800 homes and businesses in Wilstead have been without gas for over 24 hours after a mains supply was ruptured in nearby Cotton End. But supply is expected to be restored shortly.

Gas emergency service, Cadent, say their engineers are now completing final safety checks and turning gas supplies back on.

Following damage to a medium pressure gas pipe yesterday lunchtime homes and businesses were left without heating with below freezing temperatures overnight.

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But community spirit in the village helped, with local pub The Woolpack experiencing an unusually busy Thursday night as people gathered together for food and drink around their open fire.

Chefs in the pub kitchen continued to serve food, using small camping stoves to prepare dishes.

Cadent engineers from East Anglia and Midlands worked non-stop to repair the damaged gas pipe and make sure the gas supply at all properties was safely turned off.

Now, engineers are visiting each property individually to safely switch the gas back on, prioritising homes with the elderly, sick and those with very young babies.

Chris Rison, incident controller said, “I’d like to thank everyone for their patience during this incident, especially as it has been so cold over night. I am happy to say that our engineers are now in Wilstead starting to safely switch gas supplies back on.

“Please be patient as it will take us a number of hours to visit every single property in Wilstead. We hope to get as many people back on gas as soon as we can.”

Cadent say they will keep on visiting homes late into this evening and tomorrow until the gas is restored to the whole village.