News Update!!: Needles, CA: More than 1,000 customers have their gas restored Thursday afternoon from Wednesday’s Southwest Gas outage in Needles, California.
ZachNews has received the latest information as work continues Thursday afternoon from a Southwest Gas outage in Needles, California that happened Wednesday morning.
As of 6:30pm PT, according to Southwest Gas, “Southwest Gas personnel continue with service restoration efforts in Needles, CA, with service to more than 1,000 customers now restored. An adult over 18 years of age must be at home for service to be restored. Southwest Gas will make multiple visits to attempt to restore service. After the last attempt, SWG will leave a door tag with the phone number to call to request a service call. As a reminder to everyone affected by the outage, Southwest Gas does not ask for payment for service to be restored. If you are approached by someone asking for money to restore service, contact Southwest Gas immediately.”
Thursday afternoon, ZachNews received an email from Stephen Miller, Analyst I, Communications at Southwest Gas Corporation with more additional information saying, “We have exceeded 1,100 relights in the area. As far as number of people helping, I know 50 techs came from Vegas and some of our surrounding areas to help with relights. There is still no timeline… we will most likely keep a similar schedule to last night and then continue as needed first thing in the morning. I’m not sure what time the last update will be. That all depends on how much more gets accomplished tonight.”
Earlier Thursday, ZachNews asked Stephen Miller, Analyst I, Communications at Southwest Gas Corporation regarding what was posted on the Southwest Gas’ News Bulletins website alerting customers about the Southwest Gas outage which said, “Southwest Gas is experiencing an outage in Needles, California, due to a third party.”
Thursday morning, ZachNews received an email talking about the “third party” from Stephen Miller, Analyst I, Communications at Southwest Gas Corporation saying, “The standard in the utility industry is to not release the names of third parties until the investigation into the situation has been completed. While it is a pretty straightforward incident, we need to follow the policies set forth in the industry and those that we practice internally,” Stephen Miller, Analyst I, Communications at Southwest Gas Corporation.
A command center for Southwest Gas has been set up near the intersection of East Broadway and Goodwill Street in Needles, California.
Work crews have been seen driving in and out of the command center heading out all around the community working on the problem.
Customers with questions or concerns can contact Southwest Gas between 8:00am to 5:00pm PT Monday through Friday at: 1 (877) 860-6020.
** Latest information regarding the Southwest Gas outage at the following Southwest Gas website address: **