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Posted on: September 19, 2018

Daily Briefing, Friday, December 14

UPDATE, December 14

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

UPDATE, December 10

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

UPDATE, December 5

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

UPDATE, December 4

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

UPDATE, December 3

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

UPDATE, November 30

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover

UPDATE, November 29

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


UPDATE, November 28

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


UPDATE, November 26

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


UPDATE, November 25

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


UPDATE, November 24

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 

UPDATE , November 23

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


U.S. and Massachusetts Senates to Hold Hearings on Gas Disaster

On Nov. 26, the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, led by Sen. Edward J. Markey, will be holding a field hearing in Lawrence to seek answers for the affected communities.

Markey has invited members of the Merrimack Valley community to share how they've been impacted by the gas emergency to submit stories to the congressional record ahead of the hearing, click here to share your story. 

The Massachusetts Senate has scheduled two oversight hearings of its own next month. The first hearing will be held on Dec. 4 in Boston, while the second will be held in the Merrimack Valley on Dec. 17.


Residents Invited to Small Business Saturday Event

On Saturday, Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Andover residents are encouraged to visit downtown for a family-friendly Small Business Saturday event, which will include an opportunity for residents of all ages to explore a variety of town-owned vehicles and equipment.

The Touch-A-Truck event will take place at Old Town Hall and will feature vehicles from the Andover Police and Fire Departments -- including a police cruiser and motorcycle -- as well as Department of Public Works equipment, like a dump truck and a backhoe.

The event will also feature a limited supply of free giveaways celebrating the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Small Business Saturday is part of an ongoing, multi-faceted effort by the town to support businesses impacted by the gas crisis.


Free Parking Downtown

The Town of Andover will not be collecting parking fees at municipal parking lots. The Town encourages downtown visitors to park in the municipal parking lots. This includes Lot 1 (between Andover Village Square and Caffé Nero), Lot 2 (behind Old Town Hall) and Lot 3 (Park Street Village). Free parking will continue until December 31, 2018.


Appliance Disposal 

The disposal of condemned or replaced appliances is part of the recovery and restoration process. Your appliances will be removed and picked up by Columbia Gas or their contractors. If your appliances have not been collected, call the Columbia Gas affected customer service number: (866) 388-3239


Information for Landlords and Tenants 

Attorney General Maura Healey's office has released information for landlords and tenants affected by the Merrimack Valley Gas Emergency, which can be viewed in full here

As a first step, the Attorney General’s Office encourages landlords and tenants to discuss the situation and work cooperatively to try to resolve issues. Landlords and tenants should discuss what claims each can make with Columbia Gas. For example, landlords should file claims for lost rent with Columbia Gas. Neither landlords nor tenants should suffer any financial loss. Columbia Gas is responsible for all losses caused by the gas explosions.

Tenants and landlords should be aware of their rights, duties, and protections under Massachusetts law. Tenants or landlords who are having problems can call the Attorney General’s Merrimack Valley Hotline at 617-573-5370 for help. Affected residents can request temporary alternative housing by calling Columbia Gas at 1-800-590-5571


Self Mitigation Following Gas Emergency

Town Manager Andrew Flanagan reports that Columbia Gas has provided information on how residents can expedite the gas disaster mitigation process on their own.

"I want to emphasize to our community that they do not have to incur any out-of-pocket costs if they prefer to wait for Columbia Gas to complete its work on its timeline," Town Manager Flanagan said. "However, the self mitigation option does provide an alternative that could accelerate the restoration process for our residents and business owners, and I encourage everyone to consider this option and determine whether or not its the best approach for them."

For those who decide to go about repairing or replacing their own appliances, there are several steps that the utility has provided for residents interested in doing so.

To read the Columbia Gas mailer being sent to customers in full, click here.

The steps for restoration outlined in the mailer are:

Contact Columbia Gas and make the claims adjuster assigned to your case aware of your intention to self mitigate. Adjusters will walk residents and business owners through the process, including briefing them on the information they'll need for later reimbursement. The Columbia Gas claims phone number is 1-800-590-5571.

Hire only licensed installers, who must obtain appropriate permits from the Town of Andover in order to complete the work. Work may include pressure testing, repair and replacement of gas lines, extension of outside gas lines, installation of appliances and completion of a town inspection. Once all of that work is completed, gas service may be restored to individual homes.

Work with a claims adjuster to purchase replacement equipment and appliances. Columbia Gas will reimburse customers for reasonable replacement costs of like kind and quality appliances, including making payments on their behalf or paying customers back for out-of-pocket costs.

Install equipment and appliances, and complete inspection. Once installation is complete, licensed installers will arrange a town inspection. Only work that has been appropriately permitted prior to completion will be eligible for an inspection.

Contact Columbia Gas for service restoration. Once inspections are complete, customers will receive either a green "house ready" tag, or an orange "house ready" tag depending on a home's level of readiness for service restoration. To have service restored following self mitigation work, call 1-866-388-3239.


Permitting and Inspections

The Disaster Inspectional Services permit and inspection center has moved into Old Town Hall, 20 Main Street, Andover. Only plumbers and licensed tradespersons should be utilizing the Disaster Inspectional Services. At this point in the recovery process, heat and hot water are priorities. Stoves and dryers may be inspected if they are installed when an inspector is on the property, but inspections for stoves and dryers may not occur until the “rapid re-light” process to restore heat and hot water is complete. If a homeowner is self-mitigating (hiring their own plumber), the plumber must pull a permit prior to performing any work. Permits are processed to licensed professionals in an expedited manner in the Disaster Inspectional Services center. Without permits being obtained, inspections cannot be performed. Without a permit and inspection, Columbia Gas will not be allowed to restore gas service to the dwelling. To contact the Disaster Inspectional Services Center, call (978) 623-8670.


Update to Restoration Timeline 

Earlier today, Columbia Gas announced it would not meet its Nov. 19 goal for full service restoration.

"My primary focus as Town Manager is to ensure that people and businesses get their heat and hot water turned back on as quickly and safely as possible. After listening and engaging in discussions with Governor Baker’s office, the Commonwealth’s head of inspectional services, public safety officials and Chief Recovery Officer Joe Albanese, I am sufficiently convinced that the best course of action is a ‘Rapid Re-Light’ process, which will affect repairs to boilers and furnaces immediately so that people can feel safe and warm in their homes," Town Manager Flanagan said.

The "House Ready" process is expected to be completed between Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, and a Rapid Re-light process has been implemented that will result in gas service being restored ahead of Dec. 2

Hot water heaters, stoves and dryers will be replaced, and boilers and furnaces will be safely repaired or replaced with those being repaired eventually being replaced beginning in the spring.

Click here to download an original transcript of a statement given earlier today by the leaders of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.


UPDATE 5:55 PM, November 20

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


U.S. and Massachusetts Senates to Hold Hearings on Gas Disaster

On Nov. 26, the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, led by Sen. Edward J. Markey, will be holding a field hearing in Lawrence to seek answers for the affected communities.

Markey has invited members of the Merrimack Valley community to share how they've been impacted by the gas emergency to submit stories to the congressional record ahead of the hearing, click here to share your story. 

The Massachusetts Senate has scheduled two oversight hearings of its own next month. The first hearing will be held on Dec. 4 in Boston, while the second will be held in the Merrimack Valley on Dec. 17.


Residents Invited to Small Business Saturday Event

On Saturday, Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Andover residents are encouraged to visit downtown for a family-friendly Small Business Saturday event, which will include an opportunity for residents of all ages to explore a variety of town-owned vehicles and equipment.

The Touch-A-Truck event will take place at Old Town Hall and will feature vehicles from the Andover Police and Fire Departments -- including a police cruiser and motorcycle -- as well as Department of Public Works equipment, like a dump truck and a backhoe.

The event will also feature a limited supply of free giveaways celebrating the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Small Business Saturday is part of an ongoing, multi-faceted effort by the town to support businesses impacted by the gas crisis.


Free Parking Downtown

The Town of Andover will not be collecting parking fees at municipal parking lots. The Town encourages downtown visitors to park in the municipal parking lots. This includes Lot 1 (between Andover Village Square and Caffé Nero), Lot 2 (behind Old Town Hall) and Lot 3 (Park Street Village). Free parking will continue until December 31, 2018.


Appliance Disposal 

The disposal of condemned or replaced appliances is part of the recovery and restoration process. Your appliances will be removed and picked up by Columbia Gas or their contractors. If your appliances have not been collected, call the Columbia Gas affected customer service number: (866) 388-3239


Information for Landlords and Tenants 

Attorney General Maura Healey's office has released information for landlords and tenants affected by the Merrimack Valley Gas Emergency, which can be viewed in full here

As a first step, the Attorney General’s Office encourages landlords and tenants to discuss the situation and work cooperatively to try to resolve issues. Landlords and tenants should discuss what claims each can make with Columbia Gas. For example, landlords should file claims for lost rent with Columbia Gas. Neither landlords nor tenants should suffer any financial loss. Columbia Gas is responsible for all losses caused by the gas explosions.

Tenants and landlords should be aware of their rights, duties, and protections under Massachusetts law. Tenants or landlords who are having problems can call the Attorney General’s Merrimack Valley Hotline at 617-573-5370 for help. Affected residents can request temporary alternative housing by calling Columbia Gas at 1-800-590-5571


Self Mitigation Following Gas Emergency

Town Manager Andrew Flanagan reports that Columbia Gas has provided information on how residents can expedite the gas disaster mitigation process on their own.

"I want to emphasize to our community that they do not have to incur any out-of-pocket costs if they prefer to wait for Columbia Gas to complete its work on its timeline," Town Manager Flanagan said. "However, the self mitigation option does provide an alternative that could accelerate the restoration process for our residents and business owners, and I encourage everyone to consider this option and determine whether or not its the best approach for them."

For those who decide to go about repairing or replacing their own appliances, there are several steps that the utility has provided for residents interested in doing so.

To read the Columbia Gas mailer being sent to customers in full, click here.

The steps for restoration outlined in the mailer are:

Contact Columbia Gas and make the claims adjuster assigned to your case aware of your intention to self mitigate. Adjusters will walk residents and business owners through the process, including briefing them on the information they'll need for later reimbursement. The Columbia Gas claims phone number is 1-800-590-5571.

Hire only licensed installers, who must obtain appropriate permits from the Town of Andover in order to complete the work. Work may include pressure testing, repair and replacement of gas lines, extension of outside gas lines, installation of appliances and completion of a town inspection. Once all of that work is completed, gas service may be restored to individual homes.

Work with a claims adjuster to purchase replacement equipment and appliances. Columbia Gas will reimburse customers for reasonable replacement costs of like kind and quality appliances, including making payments on their behalf or paying customers back for out-of-pocket costs.

Install equipment and appliances, and complete inspection. Once installation is complete, licensed installers will arrange a town inspection. Only work that has been appropriately permitted prior to completion will be eligible for an inspection.

Contact Columbia Gas for service restoration. Once inspections are complete, customers will receive either a green "house ready" tag, or an orange "house ready" tag depending on a home's level of readiness for service restoration. To have service restored following self mitigation work, call 1-866-388-3239.


Permitting and Inspections

The Disaster Inspectional Services permit and inspection center has moved into Old Town Hall, 20 Main Street, Andover. Only plumbers and licensed tradespersons should be utilizing the Disaster Inspectional Services. At this point in the recovery process, heat and hot water are priorities. Stoves and dryers may be inspected if they are installed when an inspector is on the property, but inspections for stoves and dryers may not occur until the “rapid re-light” process to restore heat and hot water is complete. If a homeowner is self-mitigating (hiring their own plumber), the plumber must pull a permit prior to performing any work. Permits are processed to licensed professionals in an expedited manner in the Disaster Inspectional Services center. Without permits being obtained, inspections cannot be performed. Without a permit and inspection, Columbia Gas will not be allowed to restore gas service to the dwelling. To contact the Disaster Inspectional Services Center, call (978) 623-8670.


Update to Restoration Timeline 

Earlier today, Columbia Gas announced it would not meet its Nov. 19 goal for full service restoration.

"My primary focus as Town Manager is to ensure that people and businesses get their heat and hot water turned back on as quickly and safely as possible. After listening and engaging in discussions with Governor Baker’s office, the Commonwealth’s head of inspectional services, public safety officials and Chief Recovery Officer Joe Albanese, I am sufficiently convinced that the best course of action is a ‘Rapid Re-Light’ process, which will affect repairs to boilers and furnaces immediately so that people can feel safe and warm in their homes," Town Manager Flanagan said.

The "House Ready" process is expected to be completed between Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, and a Rapid Re-light process has been implemented that will result in gas service being restored ahead of Dec. 2

Hot water heaters, stoves and dryers will be replaced, and boilers and furnaces will be safely repaired or replaced with those being repaired eventually being replaced beginning in the spring.

Click here to download an original transcript of a statement given earlier today by the leaders of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

UPDATE 7:00 PM, November 19

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


U.S. and Massachusetts Senates to Hold Hearings on Gas Disaster

On Nov. 26, the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, led by Sen. Edward J. Markey, will be holding a field hearing in Lawrence to seek answers for the affected communities.

Markey has invited members of the Merrimack Valley community to share how they've been impacted by the gas emergency to submit stories to the congressional record ahead of the hearing, click here to share your story. 

The Massachusetts Senate has scheduled two oversight hearings of its own next month. The first hearing will be held on Dec. 4 in Boston, while the second will be held in the Merrimack Valley on Dec. 17.


Residents Invited to Small Business Saturday Event

On Saturday, Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Andover residents are encouraged to visit downtown for a family-friendly Small Business Saturday event, which will include an opportunity for residents of all ages to explore a variety of town-owned vehicles and equipment.

The Touch-A-Truck event will take place at Old Town Hall and will feature vehicles from the Andover Police and Fire Departments -- including a police cruiser and motorcycle -- as well as Department of Public Works equipment, like a dump truck and a backhoe.

The event will also feature a limited supply of free giveaways celebrating the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Small Business Saturday is part of an ongoing, multi-faceted effort by the town to support businesses impacted by the gas crisis.


Free Parking Downtown

The Town of Andover will not be collecting parking fees at municipal parking lots. The Town encourages downtown visitors to park in the municipal parking lots. This includes Lot 1 (between Andover Village Square and Caffé Nero), Lot 2 (behind Old Town Hall) and Lot 3 (Park Street Village). Free parking will continue until December 31, 2018.


Appliance Disposal 

The disposal of condemned or replaced appliances is part of the recovery and restoration process. Your appliances will be removed and picked up by Columbia Gas or their contractors. If your appliances have not been collected, call the Columbia Gas affected customer service number: (866) 388-3239


Information for Landlords and Tenants 

Attorney General Maura Healey's office has released information for landlords and tenants affected by the Merrimack Valley Gas Emergency, which can be viewed in full here

As a first step, the Attorney General’s Office encourages landlords and tenants to discuss the situation and work cooperatively to try to resolve issues. Landlords and tenants should discuss what claims each can make with Columbia Gas. For example, landlords should file claims for lost rent with Columbia Gas. Neither landlords nor tenants should suffer any financial loss. Columbia Gas is responsible for all losses caused by the gas explosions.

Tenants and landlords should be aware of their rights, duties, and protections under Massachusetts law. Tenants or landlords who are having problems can call the Attorney General’s Merrimack Valley Hotline at 617-573-5370 for help. Affected residents can request temporary alternative housing by calling Columbia Gas at 1-800-590-5571


Self Mitigation Following Gas Emergency

Town Manager Andrew Flanagan reports that Columbia Gas has provided information on how residents can expedite the gas disaster mitigation process on their own.

"I want to emphasize to our community that they do not have to incur any out-of-pocket costs if they prefer to wait for Columbia Gas to complete its work on its timeline," Town Manager Flanagan said. "However, the self mitigation option does provide an alternative that could accelerate the restoration process for our residents and business owners, and I encourage everyone to consider this option and determine whether or not its the best approach for them."

For those who decide to go about repairing or replacing their own appliances, there are several steps that the utility has provided for residents interested in doing so.

To read the Columbia Gas mailer being sent to customers in full, click here.

The steps for restoration outlined in the mailer are:

Contact Columbia Gas and make the claims adjuster assigned to your case aware of your intention to self mitigate. Adjusters will walk residents and business owners through the process, including briefing them on the information they'll need for later reimbursement. The Columbia Gas claims phone number is 1-800-590-5571.

Hire only licensed installers, who must obtain appropriate permits from the Town of Andover in order to complete the work. Work may include pressure testing, repair and replacement of gas lines, extension of outside gas lines, installation of appliances and completion of a town inspection. Once all of that work is completed, gas service may be restored to individual homes.

Work with a claims adjuster to purchase replacement equipment and appliances. Columbia Gas will reimburse customers for reasonable replacement costs of like kind and quality appliances, including making payments on their behalf or paying customers back for out-of-pocket costs.

Install equipment and appliances, and complete inspection. Once installation is complete, licensed installers will arrange a town inspection. Only work that has been appropriately permitted prior to completion will be eligible for an inspection.

Contact Columbia Gas for service restoration. Once inspections are complete, customers will receive either a green "house ready" tag, or an orange "house ready" tag depending on a home's level of readiness for service restoration. To have service restored following self mitigation work, call 1-866-388-3239.


Permitting and Inspections

The Disaster Inspectional Services permit and inspection center has moved into Old Town Hall, 20 Main Street, Andover. Only plumbers and licensed tradespersons should be utilizing the Disaster Inspectional Services. At this point in the recovery process, heat and hot water are priorities. Stoves and dryers may be inspected if they are installed when an inspector is on the property, but inspections for stoves and dryers may not occur until the “rapid re-light” process to restore heat and hot water is complete. If a homeowner is self-mitigating (hiring their own plumber), the plumber must pull a permit prior to performing any work. Permits are processed to licensed professionals in an expedited manner in the Disaster Inspectional Services center. Without permits being obtained, inspections cannot be performed. Without a permit and inspection, Columbia Gas will not be allowed to restore gas service to the dwelling. To contact the Disaster Inspectional Services Center, call (978) 623-8670.


Update to Restoration Timeline 

Earlier today, Columbia Gas announced it would not meet its Nov. 19 goal for full service restoration.

"My primary focus as Town Manager is to ensure that people and businesses get their heat and hot water turned back on as quickly and safely as possible. After listening and engaging in discussions with Governor Baker’s office, the Commonwealth’s head of inspectional services, public safety officials and Chief Recovery Officer Joe Albanese, I am sufficiently convinced that the best course of action is a ‘Rapid Re-Light’ process, which will affect repairs to boilers and furnaces immediately so that people can feel safe and warm in their homes," Town Manager Flanagan said.

The "House Ready" process is expected to be completed between Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, and a Rapid Re-light process has been implemented that will result in gas service being restored ahead of Dec. 2

Hot water heaters, stoves and dryers will be replaced, and boilers and furnaces will be safely repaired or replaced with those being repaired eventually being replaced beginning in the spring.

Click here to download an original transcript of a statement given earlier today by the leaders of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

UPDATE 5:15 PM, November 18

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


U.S. and Massachusetts Senates to Hold Hearings on Gas Disaster

On Nov. 26, the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, led by Sen. Edward J. Markey, will be holding a field hearing in Lawrence to seek answers for the affected communities.

Markey has invited members of the Merrimack Valley community to share how they've been impacted by the gas emergency to submit stories to the congressional record ahead of the hearing, click here to share your story. 

The Massachusetts Senate has scheduled two oversight hearings of its own next month. The first hearing will be held on Dec. 4 in Boston, while the second will be held in the Merrimack Valley on Dec. 17.


Residents Invited to Small Business Saturday Event

On Saturday, Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Andover residents are encouraged to visit downtown for a family-friendly Small Business Saturday event, which will include an opportunity for residents of all ages to explore a variety of town-owned vehicles and equipment.

The Touch-A-Truck event will take place at Old Town Hall and will feature vehicles from the Andover Police and Fire Departments -- including a police cruiser and motorcycle -- as well as Department of Public Works equipment, like a dump truck and a backhoe.

The event will also feature a limited supply of free giveaways celebrating the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Small Business Saturday is part of an ongoing, multi-faceted effort by the town to support businesses impacted by the gas crisis.


Free Parking Downtown

The Town of Andover will not be collecting parking fees at municipal parking lots. The Town encourages downtown visitors to park in the municipal parking lots. This includes Lot 1 (between Andover Village Square and Caffé Nero), Lot 2 (behind Old Town Hall) and Lot 3 (Park Street Village). Free parking will continue until December 31, 2018.


Appliance Disposal 

The disposal of condemned or replaced appliances is part of the recovery and restoration process. Your appliances will be removed and picked up by Columbia Gas or their contractors. If your appliances have not been collected, call the Columbia Gas affected customer service number: (866) 388-3239


Information for Landlords and Tenants 

Attorney General Maura Healey's office has released information for landlords and tenants affected by the Merrimack Valley Gas Emergency, which can be viewed in full here

As a first step, the Attorney General’s Office encourages landlords and tenants to discuss the situation and work cooperatively to try to resolve issues. Landlords and tenants should discuss what claims each can make with Columbia Gas. For example, landlords should file claims for lost rent with Columbia Gas. Neither landlords nor tenants should suffer any financial loss. Columbia Gas is responsible for all losses caused by the gas explosions.

Tenants and landlords should be aware of their rights, duties, and protections under Massachusetts law. Tenants or landlords who are having problems can call the Attorney General’s Merrimack Valley Hotline at 617-573-5370 for help. Affected residents can request temporary alternative housing by calling Columbia Gas at 1-800-590-5571


Self Mitigation Following Gas Emergency

Town Manager Andrew Flanagan reports that Columbia Gas has provided information on how residents can expedite the gas disaster mitigation process on their own.

"I want to emphasize to our community that they do not have to incur any out-of-pocket costs if they prefer to wait for Columbia Gas to complete its work on its timeline," Town Manager Flanagan said. "However, the self mitigation option does provide an alternative that could accelerate the restoration process for our residents and business owners, and I encourage everyone to consider this option and determine whether or not its the best approach for them."

For those who decide to go about repairing or replacing their own appliances, there are several steps that the utility has provided for residents interested in doing so.

To read the Columbia Gas mailer being sent to customers in full, click here.

The steps for restoration outlined in the mailer are:

Contact Columbia Gas and make the claims adjuster assigned to your case aware of your intention to self mitigate. Adjusters will walk residents and business owners through the process, including briefing them on the information they'll need for later reimbursement. The Columbia Gas claims phone number is 1-800-590-5571.

Hire only licensed installers, who must obtain appropriate permits from the Town of Andover in order to complete the work. Work may include pressure testing, repair and replacement of gas lines, extension of outside gas lines, installation of appliances and completion of a town inspection. Once all of that work is completed, gas service may be restored to individual homes.

Work with a claims adjuster to purchase replacement equipment and appliances. Columbia Gas will reimburse customers for reasonable replacement costs of like kind and quality appliances, including making payments on their behalf or paying customers back for out-of-pocket costs.

Install equipment and appliances, and complete inspection. Once installation is complete, licensed installers will arrange a town inspection. Only work that has been appropriately permitted prior to completion will be eligible for an inspection.

Contact Columbia Gas for service restoration. Once inspections are complete, customers will receive either a green "house ready" tag, or an orange "house ready" tag depending on a home's level of readiness for service restoration. To have service restored following self mitigation work, call 1-866-388-3239.


Permitting and Inspections

The Disaster Inspectional Services permit and inspection center has moved into Old Town Hall, 20 Main Street, Andover. Only plumbers and licensed tradespersons should be utilizing the Disaster Inspectional Services. At this point in the recovery process, heat and hot water are priorities. Stoves and dryers may be inspected if they are installed when an inspector is on the property, but inspections for stoves and dryers may not occur until the “rapid re-light” process to restore heat and hot water is complete. If a homeowner is self-mitigating (hiring their own plumber), the plumber must pull a permit prior to performing any work. Permits are processed to licensed professionals in an expedited manner in the Disaster Inspectional Services center. Without permits being obtained, inspections cannot be performed. Without a permit and inspection, Columbia Gas will not be allowed to restore gas service to the dwelling. To contact the Disaster Inspectional Services Center, call (978) 623-8670.


Update to Restoration Timeline 

Earlier today, Columbia Gas announced it would not meet its Nov. 19 goal for full service restoration.

"My primary focus as Town Manager is to ensure that people and businesses get their heat and hot water turned back on as quickly and safely as possible. After listening and engaging in discussions with Governor Baker’s office, the Commonwealth’s head of inspectional services, public safety officials and Chief Recovery Officer Joe Albanese, I am sufficiently convinced that the best course of action is a ‘Rapid Re-Light’ process, which will affect repairs to boilers and furnaces immediately so that people can feel safe and warm in their homes," Town Manager Flanagan said.

The "House Ready" process is expected to be completed between Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, and a Rapid Re-light process has been implemented that will result in gas service being restored ahead of Dec. 2

Hot water heaters, stoves and dryers will be replaced, and boilers and furnaces will be safely repaired or replaced with those being repaired eventually being replaced beginning in the spring.

Click here to download an original transcript of a statement given earlier today by the leaders of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

UPDATE 3:45 PM, November 17

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


U.S. and Massachusetts Senates to Hold Hearings on Gas Disaster

On Nov. 26, the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, led by Sen. Edward J. Markey, will be holding a field hearing in Lawrence to seek answers for the affected communities.

Markey has invited members of the Merrimack Valley community to share how they've been impacted by the gas emergency to submit stories to the congressional record ahead of the hearing, click here to share your story. 

The Massachusetts Senate has scheduled two oversight hearings of its own next month. The first hearing will be held on Dec. 4 in Boston, while the second will be held in the Merrimack Valley on Dec. 17.


Residents Invited to Small Business Saturday Event

On Saturday, Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Andover residents are encouraged to visit downtown for a family-friendly Small Business Saturday event, which will include an opportunity for residents of all ages to explore a variety of town-owned vehicles and equipment.

The Touch-A-Truck event will take place at Old Town Hall and will feature vehicles from the Andover Police and Fire Departments -- including a police cruiser and motorcycle -- as well as Department of Public Works equipment, like a dump truck and a backhoe.

The event will also feature a limited supply of free giveaways celebrating the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Small Business Saturday is part of an ongoing, multi-faceted effort by the town to support businesses impacted by the gas crisis.


Free Parking Downtown

The Town of Andover will not be collecting parking fees at municipal parking lots. The Town encourages downtown visitors to park in the municipal parking lots. This includes Lot 1 (between Andover Village Square and Caffé Nero), Lot 2 (behind Old Town Hall) and Lot 3 (Park Street Village). Free parking will continue until December 31, 2018.


Appliance Disposal 

The disposal of condemned or replaced appliances is part of the recovery and restoration process. Your appliances will be removed and picked up by Columbia Gas or their contractors. If your appliances have not been collected, call the Columbia Gas affected customer service number: (866) 388-3239


Information for Landlords and Tenants 

Attorney General Maura Healey's office has released information for landlords and tenants affected by the Merrimack Valley Gas Emergency, which can be viewed in full here

As a first step, the Attorney General’s Office encourages landlords and tenants to discuss the situation and work cooperatively to try to resolve issues. Landlords and tenants should discuss what claims each can make with Columbia Gas. For example, landlords should file claims for lost rent with Columbia Gas. Neither landlords nor tenants should suffer any financial loss. Columbia Gas is responsible for all losses caused by the gas explosions.

Tenants and landlords should be aware of their rights, duties, and protections under Massachusetts law. Tenants or landlords who are having problems can call the Attorney General’s Merrimack Valley Hotline at 617-573-5370 for help. Affected residents can request temporary alternative housing by calling Columbia Gas at 1-800-590-5571


Self Mitigation Following Gas Emergency

Town Manager Andrew Flanagan reports that Columbia Gas has provided information on how residents can expedite the gas disaster mitigation process on their own.

"I want to emphasize to our community that they do not have to incur any out-of-pocket costs if they prefer to wait for Columbia Gas to complete its work on its timeline," Town Manager Flanagan said. "However, the self mitigation option does provide an alternative that could accelerate the restoration process for our residents and business owners, and I encourage everyone to consider this option and determine whether or not its the best approach for them."

For those who decide to go about repairing or replacing their own appliances, there are several steps that the utility has provided for residents interested in doing so.

To read the Columbia Gas mailer being sent to customers in full, click here.

The steps for restoration outlined in the mailer are:

Contact Columbia Gas and make the claims adjuster assigned to your case aware of your intention to self mitigate. Adjusters will walk residents and business owners through the process, including briefing them on the information they'll need for later reimbursement. The Columbia Gas claims phone number is 1-800-590-5571.

Hire only licensed installers, who must obtain appropriate permits from the Town of Andover in order to complete the work. Work may include pressure testing, repair and replacement of gas lines, extension of outside gas lines, installation of appliances and completion of a town inspection. Once all of that work is completed, gas service may be restored to individual homes.

Work with a claims adjuster to purchase replacement equipment and appliances. Columbia Gas will reimburse customers for reasonable replacement costs of like kind and quality appliances, including making payments on their behalf or paying customers back for out-of-pocket costs.

Install equipment and appliances, and complete inspection. Once installation is complete, licensed installers will arrange a town inspection. Only work that has been appropriately permitted prior to completion will be eligible for an inspection.

Contact Columbia Gas for service restoration. Once inspections are complete, customers will receive either a green "house ready" tag, or an orange "house ready" tag depending on a home's level of readiness for service restoration. To have service restored following self mitigation work, call 1-866-388-3239.


Permitting and Inspections

The Disaster Inspectional Services permit and inspection center has moved into Old Town Hall, 20 Main Street, Andover. Only plumbers and licensed tradespersons should be utilizing the Disaster Inspectional Services. At this point in the recovery process, heat and hot water are priorities. Stoves and dryers may be inspected if they are installed when an inspector is on the property, but inspections for stoves and dryers may not occur until the “rapid re-light” process to restore heat and hot water is complete. If a homeowner is self-mitigating (hiring their own plumber), the plumber must pull a permit prior to performing any work. Permits are processed to licensed professionals in an expedited manner in the Disaster Inspectional Services center. Without permits being obtained, inspections cannot be performed. Without a permit and inspection, Columbia Gas will not be allowed to restore gas service to the dwelling. To contact the Disaster Inspectional Services Center, call (978) 623-8670.


Update to Restoration Timeline 

Earlier today, Columbia Gas announced it would not meet its Nov. 19 goal for full service restoration.

"My primary focus as Town Manager is to ensure that people and businesses get their heat and hot water turned back on as quickly and safely as possible. After listening and engaging in discussions with Governor Baker’s office, the Commonwealth’s head of inspectional services, public safety officials and Chief Recovery Officer Joe Albanese, I am sufficiently convinced that the best course of action is a ‘Rapid Re-Light’ process, which will affect repairs to boilers and furnaces immediately so that people can feel safe and warm in their homes," Town Manager Flanagan said.

The "House Ready" process is expected to be completed between Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, and a Rapid Re-light process has been implemented that will result in gas service being restored ahead of Dec. 2

Hot water heaters, stoves and dryers will be replaced, and boilers and furnaces will be safely repaired or replaced with those being repaired eventually being replaced beginning in the spring.

Click here to download an original transcript of a statement given earlier today by the leaders of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.


UPDATE 3:45 PM, November 16

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


U.S. and Massachusetts Senates to Hold Hearings on Gas Disaster

On Nov. 26, the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, led by Sen. Edward J. Markey, will be holding a field hearing in Lawrence to seek answers for the affected communities.

Markey has invited members of the Merrimack Valley community to share how they've been impacted by the gas emergency to submit stories to the congressional record ahead of the hearing, click here to share your story. 

The Massachusetts Senate has scheduled two oversight hearings of its own next month. The first hearing will be held on Dec. 4 in Boston, while the second will be held in the Merrimack Valley on Dec. 17.


Residents Invited to Small Business Saturday Event

On Saturday, Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Andover residents are encouraged to visit downtown for a family-friendly Small Business Saturday event, which will include an opportunity for residents of all ages to explore a variety of town-owned vehicles and equipment.

The Touch-A-Truck event will take place at Old Town Hall and will feature vehicles from the Andover Police and Fire Departments -- including a police cruiser and motorcycle -- as well as Department of Public Works equipment, like a dump truck and a backhoe.

The event will also feature a limited supply of free giveaways celebrating the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Small Business Saturday is part of an ongoing, multi-faceted effort by the town to support businesses impacted by the gas crisis.


Free Parking Downtown

The Town of Andover will not be collecting parking fees at municipal parking lots. The Town encourages downtown visitors to park in the municipal parking lots. This includes Lot 1 (between Andover Village Square and Caffé Nero), Lot 2 (behind Old Town Hall) and Lot 3 (Park Street Village). Free parking will continue until December 31, 2018.


Appliance Disposal 

The disposal of condemned or replaced appliances is part of the recovery and restoration process. Your appliances will be removed and picked up by Columbia Gas or their contractors. If your appliances have not been collected, call the Columbia Gas affected customer service number: (866) 388-3239


Information for Landlords and Tenants 

Attorney General Maura Healey's office has released information for landlords and tenants affected by the Merrimack Valley Gas Emergency, which can be viewed in full here

As a first step, the Attorney General’s Office encourages landlords and tenants to discuss the situation and work cooperatively to try to resolve issues. Landlords and tenants should discuss what claims each can make with Columbia Gas. For example, landlords should file claims for lost rent with Columbia Gas. Neither landlords nor tenants should suffer any financial loss. Columbia Gas is responsible for all losses caused by the gas explosions.

Tenants and landlords should be aware of their rights, duties, and protections under Massachusetts law. Tenants or landlords who are having problems can call the Attorney General’s Merrimack Valley Hotline at 617-573-5370 for help. Affected residents can request temporary alternative housing by calling Columbia Gas at 1-800-590-5571


Self Mitigation Following Gas Emergency

Town Manager Andrew Flanagan reports that Columbia Gas has provided information on how residents can expedite the gas disaster mitigation process on their own.

"I want to emphasize to our community that they do not have to incur any out-of-pocket costs if they prefer to wait for Columbia Gas to complete its work on its timeline," Town Manager Flanagan said. "However, the self mitigation option does provide an alternative that could accelerate the restoration process for our residents and business owners, and I encourage everyone to consider this option and determine whether or not its the best approach for them."

For those who decide to go about repairing or replacing their own appliances, there are several steps that the utility has provided for residents interested in doing so.

To read the Columbia Gas mailer being sent to customers in full, click here.

The steps for restoration outlined in the mailer are:

Contact Columbia Gas and make the claims adjuster assigned to your case aware of your intention to self mitigate. Adjusters will walk residents and business owners through the process, including briefing them on the information they'll need for later reimbursement. The Columbia Gas claims phone number is 1-800-590-5571.

Hire only licensed installers, who must obtain appropriate permits from the Town of Andover in order to complete the work. Work may include pressure testing, repair and replacement of gas lines, extension of outside gas lines, installation of appliances and completion of a town inspection. Once all of that work is completed, gas service may be restored to individual homes.

Work with a claims adjuster to purchase replacement equipment and appliances. Columbia Gas will reimburse customers for reasonable replacement costs of like kind and quality appliances, including making payments on their behalf or paying customers back for out-of-pocket costs.

Install equipment and appliances, and complete inspection. Once installation is complete, licensed installers will arrange a town inspection. Only work that has been appropriately permitted prior to completion will be eligible for an inspection.

Contact Columbia Gas for service restoration. Once inspections are complete, customers will receive either a green "house ready" tag, or an orange "house ready" tag depending on a home's level of readiness for service restoration. To have service restored following self mitigation work, call 1-866-388-3239.


Permitting and Inspections

The Disaster Inspectional Services permit and inspection center has moved into Old Town Hall, 20 Main Street, Andover. Only plumbers and licensed tradespersons should be utilizing the Disaster Inspectional Services. At this point in the recovery process, heat and hot water are priorities. Stoves and dryers may be inspected if they are installed when an inspector is on the property, but inspections for stoves and dryers may not occur until the “rapid re-light” process to restore heat and hot water is complete. If a homeowner is self-mitigating (hiring their own plumber), the plumber must pull a permit prior to performing any work. Permits are processed to licensed professionals in an expedited manner in the Disaster Inspectional Services center. Without permits being obtained, inspections cannot be performed. Without a permit and inspection, Columbia Gas will not be allowed to restore gas service to the dwelling. To contact the Disaster Inspectional Services Center, call (978) 623-8670.


Update to Restoration Timeline 

Earlier today, Columbia Gas announced it would not meet its Nov. 19 goal for full service restoration.

"My primary focus as Town Manager is to ensure that people and businesses get their heat and hot water turned back on as quickly and safely as possible. After listening and engaging in discussions with Governor Baker’s office, the Commonwealth’s head of inspectional services, public safety officials and Chief Recovery Officer Joe Albanese, I am sufficiently convinced that the best course of action is a ‘Rapid Re-Light’ process, which will affect repairs to boilers and furnaces immediately so that people can feel safe and warm in their homes," Town Manager Flanagan said.

The "House Ready" process is expected to be completed between Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, and a Rapid Re-light process has been implemented that will result in gas service being restored ahead of Dec. 2

Hot water heaters, stoves and dryers will be replaced, and boilers and furnaces will be safely repaired or replaced with those being repaired eventually being replaced beginning in the spring.

Click here to download an original transcript of a statement given earlier today by the leaders of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.


UPDATE 4:30 PM, November 15

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


U.S. and Massachusetts Senates to Hold Hearings on Gas Disaster

On Nov. 26, the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, led by Sen. Edward J. Markey, will be holding a field hearing in Lawrence to seek answers for the affected communities.

Markey has invited members of the Merrimack Valley community to share how they've been impacted by the gas emergency to submit stories to the congressional record ahead of the hearing, click here to share your story. 

The Massachusetts Senate has scheduled two oversight hearings of its own next month. The first hearing will be held on Dec. 4 in Boston, while the second will be held in the Merrimack Valley on Dec. 17.


Residents Invited to Small Business Saturday Event

On Saturday, Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Andover residents are encouraged to visit downtown for a family-friendly Small Business Saturday event, which will include an opportunity for residents of all ages to explore a variety of town-owned vehicles and equipment.

The Touch-A-Truck event will take place at Old Town Hall and will feature vehicles from the Andover Police and Fire Departments -- including a police cruiser and motorcycle -- as well as Department of Public Works equipment, like a dump truck and a backhoe.

The event will also feature a limited supply of free giveaways celebrating the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Small Business Saturday is part of an ongoing, multi-faceted effort by the town to support businesses impacted by the gas crisis.


Free Parking Downtown

The Town of Andover will not be collecting parking fees at municipal parking lots. The Town encourages downtown visitors to park in the municipal parking lots. This includes Lot 1 (between Andover Village Square and Caffé Nero), Lot 2 (behind Old Town Hall) and Lot 3 (Park Street Village). Free parking will continue until December 31, 2018.


Appliance Disposal 

The disposal of condemned or replaced appliances is part of the recovery and restoration process. Your appliances will be removed and picked up by Columbia Gas or their contractors. If your appliances have not been collected, call the Columbia Gas affected customer service number: (866) 388-3239


Information for Landlords and Tenants 

Attorney General Maura Healey's office has released information for landlords and tenants affected by the Merrimack Valley Gas Emergency, which can be viewed in full here

As a first step, the Attorney General’s Office encourages landlords and tenants to discuss the situation and work cooperatively to try to resolve issues. Landlords and tenants should discuss what claims each can make with Columbia Gas. For example, landlords should file claims for lost rent with Columbia Gas. Neither landlords nor tenants should suffer any financial loss. Columbia Gas is responsible for all losses caused by the gas explosions.

Tenants and landlords should be aware of their rights, duties, and protections under Massachusetts law. Tenants or landlords who are having problems can call the Attorney General’s Merrimack Valley Hotline at 617-573-5370 for help. Affected residents can request temporary alternative housing by calling Columbia Gas at 1-800-590-5571


Self Mitigation Following Gas Emergency

Town Manager Andrew Flanagan reports that Columbia Gas has provided information on how residents can expedite the gas disaster mitigation process on their own.

"I want to emphasize to our community that they do not have to incur any out-of-pocket costs if they prefer to wait for Columbia Gas to complete its work on its timeline," Town Manager Flanagan said. "However, the self mitigation option does provide an alternative that could accelerate the restoration process for our residents and business owners, and I encourage everyone to consider this option and determine whether or not its the best approach for them."

For those who decide to go about repairing or replacing their own appliances, there are several steps that the utility has provided for residents interested in doing so.

To read the Columbia Gas mailer being sent to customers in full, click here.

The steps for restoration outlined in the mailer are:

Contact Columbia Gas and make the claims adjuster assigned to your case aware of your intention to self mitigate. Adjusters will walk residents and business owners through the process, including briefing them on the information they'll need for later reimbursement. The Columbia Gas claims phone number is 1-800-590-5571.

Hire only licensed installers, who must obtain appropriate permits from the Town of Andover in order to complete the work. Work may include pressure testing, repair and replacement of gas lines, extension of outside gas lines, installation of appliances and completion of a town inspection. Once all of that work is completed, gas service may be restored to individual homes.

Work with a claims adjuster to purchase replacement equipment and appliances. Columbia Gas will reimburse customers for reasonable replacement costs of like kind and quality appliances, including making payments on their behalf or paying customers back for out-of-pocket costs.

Install equipment and appliances, and complete inspection. Once installation is complete, licensed installers will arrange a town inspection. Only work that has been appropriately permitted prior to completion will be eligible for an inspection.

Contact Columbia Gas for service restoration. Once inspections are complete, customers will receive either a green "house ready" tag, or an orange "house ready" tag depending on a home's level of readiness for service restoration. To have service restored following self mitigation work, call 1-866-388-3239.


Permitting and Inspections

The Disaster Inspectional Services permit and inspection center has moved into Old Town Hall, 20 Main Street, Andover. Only plumbers and licensed tradespersons should be utilizing the Disaster Inspectional Services. At this point in the recovery process, heat and hot water are priorities. Stoves and dryers may be inspected if they are installed when an inspector is on the property, but inspections for stoves and dryers may not occur until the “rapid re-light” process to restore heat and hot water is complete. If a homeowner is self-mitigating (hiring their own plumber), the plumber must pull a permit prior to performing any work. Permits are processed to licensed professionals in an expedited manner in the Disaster Inspectional Services center. Without permits being obtained, inspections cannot be performed. Without a permit and inspection, Columbia Gas will not be allowed to restore gas service to the dwelling. To contact the Disaster Inspectional Services Center, call (978) 623-8670.


Update to Restoration Timeline 

Earlier today, Columbia Gas announced it would not meet its Nov. 19 goal for full service restoration.

"My primary focus as Town Manager is to ensure that people and businesses get their heat and hot water turned back on as quickly and safely as possible. After listening and engaging in discussions with Governor Baker’s office, the Commonwealth’s head of inspectional services, public safety officials and Chief Recovery Officer Joe Albanese, I am sufficiently convinced that the best course of action is a ‘Rapid Re-Light’ process, which will affect repairs to boilers and furnaces immediately so that people can feel safe and warm in their homes," Town Manager Flanagan said.

The "House Ready" process is expected to be completed between Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, and a Rapid Re-light process has been implemented that will result in gas service being restored ahead of Dec. 2

Hot water heaters, stoves and dryers will be replaced, and boilers and furnaces will be safely repaired or replaced with those being repaired eventually being replaced beginning in the spring.

Click here to download an original transcript of a statement given earlier today by the leaders of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.


UPDATE 5:30 PM, November 14

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


U.S. and Massachusetts Senates to Hold Hearings on Gas Disaster

On Nov. 26, the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, led by Sen. Edward J. Markey, will be holding a field hearing in Lawrence to seek answers for the affected communities.

Markey has invited members of the Merrimack Valley community to share how they've been impacted by the gas emergency to submit stories to the congressional record ahead of the hearing, click here to share your story. 

The Massachusetts Senate has scheduled two oversight hearings of its own next month. The first hearing will be held on Dec. 4 in Boston, while the second will be held in the Merrimack Valley on Dec. 17.


Residents Invited to Small Business Saturday Event

On Saturday, Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Andover residents are encouraged to visit downtown for a family-friendly Small Business Saturday event, which will include an opportunity for residents of all ages to explore a variety of town-owned vehicles and equipment.

The Touch-A-Truck event will take place at Old Town Hall and will feature vehicles from the Andover Police and Fire Departments -- including a police cruiser and motorcycle -- as well as Department of Public Works equipment, like a dump truck and a backhoe.

The event will also feature a limited supply of free giveaways celebrating the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Small Business Saturday is part of an ongoing, multi-faceted effort by the town to support businesses impacted by the gas crisis.


Free Parking Downtown

The Town of Andover will not be collecting parking fees at municipal parking lots. The Town encourages downtown visitors to park in the municipal parking lots. This includes Lot 1 (between Andover Village Square and Caffé Nero), Lot 2 (behind Old Town Hall) and Lot 3 (Park Street Village). Free parking will continue until December 31, 2018.


Appliance Disposal 

The disposal of condemned or replaced appliances is part of the recovery and restoration process. Your appliances will be removed and picked up by Columbia Gas or their contractors. If your appliances have not been collected, call the Columbia Gas affected customer service number: (866) 388-3239


Information for Landlords and Tenants 

Attorney General Maura Healey's office has released information for landlords and tenants affected by the Merrimack Valley Gas Emergency, which can be viewed in full here

As a first step, the Attorney General’s Office encourages landlords and tenants to discuss the situation and work cooperatively to try to resolve issues. Landlords and tenants should discuss what claims each can make with Columbia Gas. For example, landlords should file claims for lost rent with Columbia Gas. Neither landlords nor tenants should suffer any financial loss. Columbia Gas is responsible for all losses caused by the gas explosions.

Tenants and landlords should be aware of their rights, duties, and protections under Massachusetts law. Tenants or landlords who are having problems can call the Attorney General’s Merrimack Valley Hotline at 617-573-5370 for help. Affected residents can request temporary alternative housing by calling Columbia Gas at 1-800-590-5571


Self Mitigation Following Gas Emergency

Town Manager Andrew Flanagan reports that Columbia Gas has provided information on how residents can expedite the gas disaster mitigation process on their own.

"I want to emphasize to our community that they do not have to incur any out-of-pocket costs if they prefer to wait for Columbia Gas to complete its work on its timeline," Town Manager Flanagan said. "However, the self mitigation option does provide an alternative that could accelerate the restoration process for our residents and business owners, and I encourage everyone to consider this option and determine whether or not its the best approach for them."

For those who decide to go about repairing or replacing their own appliances, there are several steps that the utility has provided for residents interested in doing so.

To read the Columbia Gas mailer being sent to customers in full, click here.

The steps for restoration outlined in the mailer are:

Contact Columbia Gas and make the claims adjuster assigned to your case aware of your intention to self mitigate. Adjusters will walk residents and business owners through the process, including briefing them on the information they'll need for later reimbursement. The Columbia Gas claims phone number is 1-800-590-5571.

Hire only licensed installers, who must obtain appropriate permits from the Town of Andover in order to complete the work. Work may include pressure testing, repair and replacement of gas lines, extension of outside gas lines, installation of appliances and completion of a town inspection. Once all of that work is completed, gas service may be restored to individual homes.

Work with a claims adjuster to purchase replacement equipment and appliances. Columbia Gas will reimburse customers for reasonable replacement costs of like kind and quality appliances, including making payments on their behalf or paying customers back for out-of-pocket costs.

Install equipment and appliances, and complete inspection. Once installation is complete, licensed installers will arrange a town inspection. Only work that has been appropriately permitted prior to completion will be eligible for an inspection.

Contact Columbia Gas for service restoration. Once inspections are complete, customers will receive either a green "house ready" tag, or an orange "house ready" tag depending on a home's level of readiness for service restoration. To have service restored following self mitigation work, call 1-866-388-3239.


Permitting and Inspections

The Disaster Inspectional Services permit and inspection center has moved into Old Town Hall, 20 Main Street, Andover. Only plumbers and licensed tradespersons should be utilizing the Disaster Inspectional Services. At this point in the recovery process, heat and hot water are priorities. Stoves and dryers may be inspected if they are installed when an inspector is on the property, but inspections for stoves and dryers may not occur until the “rapid re-light” process to restore heat and hot water is complete. If a homeowner is self-mitigating (hiring their own plumber), the plumber must pull a permit prior to performing any work. Permits are processed to licensed professionals in an expedited manner in the Disaster Inspectional Services center. Without permits being obtained, inspections cannot be performed. Without a permit and inspection, Columbia Gas will not be allowed to restore gas service to the dwelling. To contact the Disaster Inspectional Services Center, call (978) 623-8670.


Update to Restoration Timeline 

Earlier today, Columbia Gas announced it would not meet its Nov. 19 goal for full service restoration.

"My primary focus as Town Manager is to ensure that people and businesses get their heat and hot water turned back on as quickly and safely as possible. After listening and engaging in discussions with Governor Baker’s office, the Commonwealth’s head of inspectional services, public safety officials and Chief Recovery Officer Joe Albanese, I am sufficiently convinced that the best course of action is a ‘Rapid Re-Light’ process, which will affect repairs to boilers and furnaces immediately so that people can feel safe and warm in their homes," Town Manager Flanagan said.

The "House Ready" process is expected to be completed between Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, and a Rapid Re-light process has been implemented that will result in gas service being restored ahead of Dec. 2

Hot water heaters, stoves and dryers will be replaced, and boilers and furnaces will be safely repaired or replaced with those being repaired eventually being replaced beginning in the spring.

Click here to download an original transcript of a statement given earlier today by the leaders of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.


UPDATE 4:00 PM, November 13

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


Free Parking Downtown

The Town of Andover will not be collecting parking fees at municipal parking lots. The Town encourages downtown visitors to park in the municipal parking lots. This includes Lot 1 (between Andover Village Square and Caffé Nero), Lot 2 (behind Old Town Hall) and Lot 3 (Park Street Village). Free parking will continue until December 31, 2018.


Appliance Disposal 

The disposal of condemned or replaced appliances is part of the recovery and restoration process. Your appliances will be removed and picked up by Columbia Gas or their contractors. If your appliances have not been collected, call the Columbia Gas affected customer service number: (866) 388-3239


Information for Landlords and Tenants 

Attorney General Maura Healey's office has released information for landlords and tenants affected by the Merrimack Valley Gas Emergency, which can be viewed in full here

As a first step, the Attorney General’s Office encourages landlords and tenants to discuss the situation and work cooperatively to try to resolve issues. Landlords and tenants should discuss what claims each can make with Columbia Gas. For example, landlords should file claims for lost rent with Columbia Gas. Neither landlords nor tenants should suffer any financial loss. Columbia Gas is responsible for all losses caused by the gas explosions.

Tenants and landlords should be aware of their rights, duties, and protections under Massachusetts law. Tenants or landlords who are having problems can call the Attorney General’s Merrimack Valley Hotline at 617-573-5370 for help. Affected residents can request temporary alternative housing by calling Columbia Gas at 1-800-590-5571


Self Mitigation Following Gas Emergency

Town Manager Andrew Flanagan reports that Columbia Gas has provided information on how residents can expedite the gas disaster mitigation process on their own.

"I want to emphasize to our community that they do not have to incur any out-of-pocket costs if they prefer to wait for Columbia Gas to complete its work on its timeline," Town Manager Flanagan said. "However, the self mitigation option does provide an alternative that could accelerate the restoration process for our residents and business owners, and I encourage everyone to consider this option and determine whether or not its the best approach for them."

For those who decide to go about repairing or replacing their own appliances, there are several steps that the utility has provided for residents interested in doing so.

To read the Columbia Gas mailer being sent to customers in full, click here.

The steps for restoration outlined in the mailer are:

Contact Columbia Gas and make the claims adjuster assigned to your case aware of your intention to self mitigate. Adjusters will walk residents and business owners through the process, including briefing them on the information they'll need for later reimbursement. The Columbia Gas claims phone number is 1-800-590-5571.

Hire only licensed installers, who must obtain appropriate permits from the Town of Andover in order to complete the work. Work may include pressure testing, repair and replacement of gas lines, extension of outside gas lines, installation of appliances and completion of a town inspection. Once all of that work is completed, gas service may be restored to individual homes.

Work with a claims adjuster to purchase replacement equipment and appliances. Columbia Gas will reimburse customers for reasonable replacement costs of like kind and quality appliances, including making payments on their behalf or paying customers back for out-of-pocket costs.

Install equipment and appliances, and complete inspection. Once installation is complete, licensed installers will arrange a town inspection. Only work that has been appropriately permitted prior to completion will be eligible for an inspection.

Contact Columbia Gas for service restoration. Once inspections are complete, customers will receive either a green "house ready" tag, or an orange "house ready" tag depending on a home's level of readiness for service restoration. To have service restored following self mitigation work, call 1-866-388-3239.


Permitting and Inspections

The Disaster Inspectional Services permit and inspection center has moved into Old Town Hall, 20 Main Street, Andover. Only plumbers and licensed tradespersons should be utilizing the Disaster Inspectional Services. At this point in the recovery process, heat and hot water are priorities. Stoves and dryers may be inspected if they are installed when an inspector is on the property, but inspections for stoves and dryers may not occur until the “rapid re-light” process to restore heat and hot water is complete. If a homeowner is self-mitigating (hiring their own plumber), the plumber must pull a permit prior to performing any work. Permits are processed to licensed professionals in an expedited manner in the Disaster Inspectional Services center. Without permits being obtained, inspections cannot be performed. Without a permit and inspection, Columbia Gas will not be allowed to restore gas service to the dwelling. To contact the Disaster Inspectional Services Center, call (978) 623-8670.


Update to Restoration Timeline 

Earlier today, Columbia Gas announced it would not meet its Nov. 19 goal for full service restoration.

"My primary focus as Town Manager is to ensure that people and businesses get their heat and hot water turned back on as quickly and safely as possible. After listening and engaging in discussions with Governor Baker’s office, the Commonwealth’s head of inspectional services, public safety officials and Chief Recovery Officer Joe Albanese, I am sufficiently convinced that the best course of action is a ‘Rapid Re-Light’ process, which will affect repairs to boilers and furnaces immediately so that people can feel safe and warm in their homes," Town Manager Flanagan said.

The "House Ready" process is expected to be completed between Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, and a Rapid Re-light process has been implemented that will result in gas service being restored ahead of Dec. 2

Hot water heaters, stoves and dryers will be replaced, and boilers and furnaces will be safely repaired or replaced with those being repaired eventually being replaced beginning in the spring.

Click here to download an original transcript of a statement given earlier today by the leaders of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.


UPDATE 4:45 PM, November 12

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


Free Parking Downtown

The Town of Andover will not be collecting parking fees at municipal parking lots. The Town encourages downtown visitors to park in the municipal parking lots. This includes Lot 1 (between Andover Village Square and Caffé Nero), Lot 2 (behind Old Town Hall) and Lot 3 (Park Street Village). Free parking will continue until December 31, 2018.


Appliance Disposal 

The disposal of condemned or replaced appliances is part of the recovery and restoration process. Your appliances will be removed and picked up by Columbia Gas or their contractors. If your appliances have not been collected, call the Columbia Gas affected customer service number: (866) 388-3239


Information for Landlords and Tenants 

Attorney General Maura Healey's office has released information for landlords and tenants affected by the Merrimack Valley Gas Emergency, which can be viewed in full here

As a first step, the Attorney General’s Office encourages landlords and tenants to discuss the situation and work cooperatively to try to resolve issues. Landlords and tenants should discuss what claims each can make with Columbia Gas. For example, landlords should file claims for lost rent with Columbia Gas. Neither landlords nor tenants should suffer any financial loss. Columbia Gas is responsible for all losses caused by the gas explosions.

Tenants and landlords should be aware of their rights, duties, and protections under Massachusetts law. Tenants or landlords who are having problems can call the Attorney General’s Merrimack Valley Hotline at 617-573-5370 for help. Affected residents can request temporary alternative housing by calling Columbia Gas at 1-800-590-5571


Self Mitigation Following Gas Emergency

Town Manager Andrew Flanagan reports that Columbia Gas has provided information on how residents can expedite the gas disaster mitigation process on their own.

"I want to emphasize to our community that they do not have to incur any out-of-pocket costs if they prefer to wait for Columbia Gas to complete its work on its timeline," Town Manager Flanagan said. "However, the self mitigation option does provide an alternative that could accelerate the restoration process for our residents and business owners, and I encourage everyone to consider this option and determine whether or not its the best approach for them."

For those who decide to go about repairing or replacing their own appliances, there are several steps that the utility has provided for residents interested in doing so.

To read the Columbia Gas mailer being sent to customers in full, click here.

The steps for restoration outlined in the mailer are:

Contact Columbia Gas and make the claims adjuster assigned to your case aware of your intention to self mitigate. Adjusters will walk residents and business owners through the process, including briefing them on the information they'll need for later reimbursement. The Columbia Gas claims phone number is 1-800-590-5571.

Hire only licensed installers, who must obtain appropriate permits from the Town of Andover in order to complete the work. Work may include pressure testing, repair and replacement of gas lines, extension of outside gas lines, installation of appliances and completion of a town inspection. Once all of that work is completed, gas service may be restored to individual homes.

Work with a claims adjuster to purchase replacement equipment and appliances. Columbia Gas will reimburse customers for reasonable replacement costs of like kind and quality appliances, including making payments on their behalf or paying customers back for out-of-pocket costs.

Install equipment and appliances, and complete inspection. Once installation is complete, licensed installers will arrange a town inspection. Only work that has been appropriately permitted prior to completion will be eligible for an inspection.

Contact Columbia Gas for service restoration. Once inspections are complete, customers will receive either a green "house ready" tag, or an orange "house ready" tag depending on a home's level of readiness for service restoration. To have service restored following self mitigation work, call 1-866-388-3239.


Permitting and Inspections

The Disaster Inspectional Services permit and inspection center has moved into Old Town Hall, 20 Main Street, Andover. Only plumbers and licensed tradespersons should be utilizing the Disaster Inspectional Services. At this point in the recovery process, heat and hot water are priorities. Stoves and dryers may be inspected if they are installed when an inspector is on the property, but inspections for stoves and dryers may not occur until the “rapid re-light” process to restore heat and hot water is complete. If a homeowner is self-mitigating (hiring their own plumber), the plumber must pull a permit prior to performing any work. Permits are processed to licensed professionals in an expedited manner in the Disaster Inspectional Services center. Without permits being obtained, inspections cannot be performed. Without a permit and inspection, Columbia Gas will not be allowed to restore gas service to the dwelling. To contact the Disaster Inspectional Services Center, call (978) 623-8670.


Update to Restoration Timeline 

Earlier today, Columbia Gas announced it would not meet its Nov. 19 goal for full service restoration.

"My primary focus as Town Manager is to ensure that people and businesses get their heat and hot water turned back on as quickly and safely as possible. After listening and engaging in discussions with Governor Baker’s office, the Commonwealth’s head of inspectional services, public safety officials and Chief Recovery Officer Joe Albanese, I am sufficiently convinced that the best course of action is a ‘Rapid Re-Light’ process, which will affect repairs to boilers and furnaces immediately so that people can feel safe and warm in their homes," Town Manager Flanagan said.

The "House Ready" process is expected to be completed between Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, and a Rapid Re-light process has been implemented that will result in gas service being restored ahead of Dec. 2

Hot water heaters, stoves and dryers will be replaced, and boilers and furnaces will be safely repaired or replaced with those being repaired eventually being replaced beginning in the spring.

Click here to download an original transcript of a statement given earlier today by the leaders of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.


UPDATE 5:00 PM, November 11

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


Free Parking Downtown

The Town of Andover will not be collecting parking fees at municipal parking lots. The Town encourages downtown visitors to park in the municipal parking lots. This includes Lot 1 (between Andover Village Square and Caffé Nero), Lot 2 (behind Old Town Hall) and Lot 3 (Park Street Village). This will be evaluated on a weekly basis.


Appliance Disposal 

The disposal of condemned or replaced appliances is part of the recovery and restoration process. Your appliances will be removed and picked up by Columbia Gas or their contractors. If your appliances have not been collected, call the Columbia Gas affected customer service number: (866) 388-3239


Information for Landlords and Tenants 

Attorney General Maura Healey's office has released information for landlords and tenants affected by the Merrimack Valley Gas Emergency, which can be viewed in full here

As a first step, the Attorney General’s Office encourages landlords and tenants to discuss the situation and work cooperatively to try to resolve issues. Landlords and tenants should discuss what claims each can make with Columbia Gas. For example, landlords should file claims for lost rent with Columbia Gas. Neither landlords nor tenants should suffer any financial loss. Columbia Gas is responsible for all losses caused by the gas explosions.

Tenants and landlords should be aware of their rights, duties, and protections under Massachusetts law. Tenants or landlords who are having problems can call the Attorney General’s Merrimack Valley Hotline at 617-573-5370 for help. Affected residents can request temporary alternative housing by calling Columbia Gas at 1-800-590-5571


Self Mitigation Following Gas Emergency

Town Manager Andrew Flanagan reports that Columbia Gas has provided information on how residents can expedite the gas disaster mitigation process on their own.

"I want to emphasize to our community that they do not have to incur any out-of-pocket costs if they prefer to wait for Columbia Gas to complete its work on its timeline," Town Manager Flanagan said. "However, the self mitigation option does provide an alternative that could accelerate the restoration process for our residents and business owners, and I encourage everyone to consider this option and determine whether or not its the best approach for them."

For those who decide to go about repairing or replacing their own appliances, there are several steps that the utility has provided for residents interested in doing so.

To read the Columbia Gas mailer being sent to customers in full, click here.

The steps for restoration outlined in the mailer are:

Contact Columbia Gas and make the claims adjuster assigned to your case aware of your intention to self mitigate. Adjusters will walk residents and business owners through the process, including briefing them on the information they'll need for later reimbursement. The Columbia Gas claims phone number is 1-800-590-5571.

Hire only licensed installers, who must obtain appropriate permits from the Town of Andover in order to complete the work. Work may include pressure testing, repair and replacement of gas lines, extension of outside gas lines, installation of appliances and completion of a town inspection. Once all of that work is completed, gas service may be restored to individual homes.

Work with a claims adjuster to purchase replacement equipment and appliances. Columbia Gas will reimburse customers for reasonable replacement costs of like kind and quality appliances, including making payments on their behalf or paying customers back for out-of-pocket costs.

Install equipment and appliances, and complete inspection. Once installation is complete, licensed installers will arrange a town inspection. Only work that has been appropriately permitted prior to completion will be eligible for an inspection.

Contact Columbia Gas for service restoration. Once inspections are complete, customers will receive either a green "house ready" tag, or an orange "house ready" tag depending on a home's level of readiness for service restoration. To have service restored following self mitigation work, call 1-866-388-3239.


Permitting and Inspections

The Disaster Inspectional Services permit and inspection center has moved into Old Town Hall, 20 Main Street, Andover. Only plumbers and licensed tradespersons should be utilizing the Disaster Inspectional Services. At this point in the recovery process, heat and hot water are priorities. Stoves and dryers may be inspected if they are installed when an inspector is on the property, but inspections for stoves and dryers may not occur until the “rapid re-light” process to restore heat and hot water is complete. If a homeowner is self-mitigating (hiring their own plumber), the plumber must pull a permit prior to performing any work. Permits are processed to licensed professionals in an expedited manner in the Disaster Inspectional Services center. Without permits being obtained, inspections cannot be performed. Without a permit and inspection, Columbia Gas will not be allowed to restore gas service to the dwelling. To contact the Disaster Inspectional Services Center, call (978) 623-8670.


Update to Restoration Timeline 

Earlier today, Columbia Gas announced it would not meet its Nov. 19 goal for full service restoration.

"My primary focus as Town Manager is to ensure that people and businesses get their heat and hot water turned back on as quickly and safely as possible. After listening and engaging in discussions with Governor Baker’s office, the Commonwealth’s head of inspectional services, public safety officials and Chief Recovery Officer Joe Albanese, I am sufficiently convinced that the best course of action is a ‘Rapid Re-Light’ process, which will affect repairs to boilers and furnaces immediately so that people can feel safe and warm in their homes," Town Manager Flanagan said.

The "House Ready" process is expected to be completed between Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, and a Rapid Re-light process has been implemented that will result in gas service being restored ahead of Dec. 2

Hot water heaters, stoves and dryers will be replaced, and boilers and furnaces will be safely repaired or replaced with those being repaired eventually being replaced beginning in the spring.

Click here to download an original transcript of a statement given earlier today by the leaders of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.


UPDATE 5:00 PM, November 10

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


Free Parking Downtown

The Town of Andover will not be collecting parking fees at municipal parking lots. The Town encourages downtown visitors to park in the municipal parking lots. This includes Lot 1 (between Andover Village Square and Caffé Nero), Lot 2 (behind Old Town Hall) and Lot 3 (Park Street Village). This will be evaluated on a weekly basis.


Appliance Disposal 

The disposal of condemned or replaced appliances is part of the recovery and restoration process. Your appliances will be removed and picked up by Columbia Gas or their contractors. If your appliances have not been collected, call the Columbia Gas affected customer service number: (866) 388-3239


Information for Landlords and Tenants 

Attorney General Maura Healey's office has released information for landlords and tenants affected by the Merrimack Valley Gas Emergency, which can be viewed in full here

As a first step, the Attorney General’s Office encourages landlords and tenants to discuss the situation and work cooperatively to try to resolve issues. Landlords and tenants should discuss what claims each can make with Columbia Gas. For example, landlords should file claims for lost rent with Columbia Gas. Neither landlords nor tenants should suffer any financial loss. Columbia Gas is responsible for all losses caused by the gas explosions.

Tenants and landlords should be aware of their rights, duties, and protections under Massachusetts law. Tenants or landlords who are having problems can call the Attorney General’s Merrimack Valley Hotline at 617-573-5370 for help. Affected residents can request temporary alternative housing by calling Columbia Gas at 1-800-590-5571


Self Mitigation Following Gas Emergency

Town Manager Andrew Flanagan reports that Columbia Gas has provided information on how residents can expedite the gas disaster mitigation process on their own.

"I want to emphasize to our community that they do not have to incur any out-of-pocket costs if they prefer to wait for Columbia Gas to complete its work on its timeline," Town Manager Flanagan said. "However, the self mitigation option does provide an alternative that could accelerate the restoration process for our residents and business owners, and I encourage everyone to consider this option and determine whether or not its the best approach for them."

For those who decide to go about repairing or replacing their own appliances, there are several steps that the utility has provided for residents interested in doing so.

To read the Columbia Gas mailer being sent to customers in full, click here.

The steps for restoration outlined in the mailer are:

Contact Columbia Gas and make the claims adjuster assigned to your case aware of your intention to self mitigate. Adjusters will walk residents and business owners through the process, including briefing them on the information they'll need for later reimbursement. The Columbia Gas claims phone number is 1-800-590-5571.

Hire only licensed installers, who must obtain appropriate permits from the Town of Andover in order to complete the work. Work may include pressure testing, repair and replacement of gas lines, extension of outside gas lines, installation of appliances and completion of a town inspection. Once all of that work is completed, gas service may be restored to individual homes.

Work with a claims adjuster to purchase replacement equipment and appliances. Columbia Gas will reimburse customers for reasonable replacement costs of like kind and quality appliances, including making payments on their behalf or paying customers back for out-of-pocket costs.

Install equipment and appliances, and complete inspection. Once installation is complete, licensed installers will arrange a town inspection. Only work that has been appropriately permitted prior to completion will be eligible for an inspection.

Contact Columbia Gas for service restoration. Once inspections are complete, customers will receive either a green "house ready" tag, or an orange "house ready" tag depending on a home's level of readiness for service restoration. To have service restored following self mitigation work, call 1-866-388-3239.


Permitting and Inspections

The Disaster Inspectional Services permit and inspection center has moved into Old Town Hall, 20 Main Street, Andover. Only plumbers and licensed tradespersons should be utilizing the Disaster Inspectional Services. At this point in the recovery process, heat and hot water are priorities. Stoves and dryers may be inspected if they are installed when an inspector is on the property, but inspections for stoves and dryers may not occur until the “rapid re-light” process to restore heat and hot water is complete. If a homeowner is self-mitigating (hiring their own plumber), the plumber must pull a permit prior to performing any work. Permits are processed to licensed professionals in an expedited manner in the Disaster Inspectional Services center. Without permits being obtained, inspections cannot be performed. Without a permit and inspection, Columbia Gas will not be allowed to restore gas service to the dwelling. To contact the Disaster Inspectional Services Center, call (978) 623-8670.


Update to Restoration Timeline 

Earlier today, Columbia Gas announced it would not meet its Nov. 19 goal for full service restoration.

"My primary focus as Town Manager is to ensure that people and businesses get their heat and hot water turned back on as quickly and safely as possible. After listening and engaging in discussions with Governor Baker’s office, the Commonwealth’s head of inspectional services, public safety officials and Chief Recovery Officer Joe Albanese, I am sufficiently convinced that the best course of action is a ‘Rapid Re-Light’ process, which will affect repairs to boilers and furnaces immediately so that people can feel safe and warm in their homes," Town Manager Flanagan said.

The "House Ready" process is expected to be completed between Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, and a Rapid Re-light process has been implemented that will result in gas service being restored ahead of Dec. 2

Hot water heaters, stoves and dryers will be replaced, and boilers and furnaces will be safely repaired or replaced with those being repaired eventually being replaced beginning in the spring.

Click here to download an original transcript of a statement given earlier today by the leaders of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.



UPDATE 4:30 PM, November 9

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


Columbia Gas Open House - Tomorrow

Columbia Gas will be hosting an open house in Andover on Saturday, November 10th in the Doherty Middle School cafeteria. The open house will feature information stations with representatives available to answer questions on temporary housing, claims, appliance and equipment installation, relights, construction, energy efficiency, gas safety, and customer service. There will be a question and answer forum with Columbia Gas executives from 8:00 am - 9:00 am. For more information visit: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/home


Free Parking Downtown

The Town of Andover will not be collecting parking fees at municipal parking lots. The Town encourages downtown visitors to park in the municipal parking lots. This includes Lot 1 (between Andover Village Square and Caffé Nero), Lot 2 (behind Old Town Hall) and Lot 3 (Park Street Village). This will be evaluated on a weekly basis.


Appliance Disposal 

The disposal of condemned or replaced appliances is part of the recovery and restoration process. Your appliances will be removed and picked up by Columbia Gas or their contractors. If your appliances have not been collected, call the Columbia Gas affected customer service number: (866) 388-3239


Information for Landlords and Tenants 

Attorney General Maura Healey's office has released information for landlords and tenants affected by the Merrimack Valley Gas Emergency, which can be viewed in full here

As a first step, the Attorney General’s Office encourages landlords and tenants to discuss the situation and work cooperatively to try to resolve issues. Landlords and tenants should discuss what claims each can make with Columbia Gas. For example, landlords should file claims for lost rent with Columbia Gas. Neither landlords nor tenants should suffer any financial loss. Columbia Gas is responsible for all losses caused by the gas explosions.

Tenants and landlords should be aware of their rights, duties, and protections under Massachusetts law. Tenants or landlords who are having problems can call the Attorney General’s Merrimack Valley Hotline at 617-573-5370 for help. Affected residents can request temporary alternative housing by calling Columbia Gas at 1-800-590-5571


Self Mitigation Following Gas Emergency

Town Manager Andrew Flanagan reports that Columbia Gas has provided information on how residents can expedite the gas disaster mitigation process on their own.

"I want to emphasize to our community that they do not have to incur any out-of-pocket costs if they prefer to wait for Columbia Gas to complete its work on its timeline," Town Manager Flanagan said. "However, the self mitigation option does provide an alternative that could accelerate the restoration process for our residents and business owners, and I encourage everyone to consider this option and determine whether or not its the best approach for them."

For those who decide to go about repairing or replacing their own appliances, there are several steps that the utility has provided for residents interested in doing so.

To read the Columbia Gas mailer being sent to customers in full, click here.

The steps for restoration outlined in the mailer are:

Contact Columbia Gas and make the claims adjuster assigned to your case aware of your intention to self mitigate. Adjusters will walk residents and business owners through the process, including briefing them on the information they'll need for later reimbursement. The Columbia Gas claims phone number is 1-800-590-5571.

Hire only licensed installers, who must obtain appropriate permits from the Town of Andover in order to complete the work. Work may include pressure testing, repair and replacement of gas lines, extension of outside gas lines, installation of appliances and completion of a town inspection. Once all of that work is completed, gas service may be restored to individual homes.

Work with a claims adjuster to purchase replacement equipment and appliances. Columbia Gas will reimburse customers for reasonable replacement costs of like kind and quality appliances, including making payments on their behalf or paying customers back for out-of-pocket costs.

Install equipment and appliances, and complete inspection. Once installation is complete, licensed installers will arrange a town inspection. Only work that has been appropriately permitted prior to completion will be eligible for an inspection.

Contact Columbia Gas for service restoration. Once inspections are complete, customers will receive either a green "house ready" tag, or an orange "house ready" tag depending on a home's level of readiness for service restoration. To have service restored following self mitigation work, call 1-866-388-3239.


Permitting and Inspections

The Disaster Inspectional Services permit and inspection center has moved into Old Town Hall, 20 Main Street, Andover. Only plumbers and licensed tradespersons should be utilizing the Disaster Inspectional Services. At this point in the recovery process, heat and hot water are priorities. Stoves and dryers may be inspected if they are installed when an inspector is on the property, but inspections for stoves and dryers may not occur until the “rapid re-light” process to restore heat and hot water is complete. If a homeowner is self-mitigating (hiring their own plumber), the plumber must pull a permit prior to performing any work. Permits are processed to licensed professionals in an expedited manner in the Disaster Inspectional Services center. Without permits being obtained, inspections cannot be performed. Without a permit and inspection, Columbia Gas will not be allowed to restore gas service to the dwelling. To contact the Disaster Inspectional Services Center, call (978) 623-8670.


Update to Restoration Timeline 

Earlier today, Columbia Gas announced it would not meet its Nov. 19 goal for full service restoration.

"My primary focus as Town Manager is to ensure that people and businesses get their heat and hot water turned back on as quickly and safely as possible. After listening and engaging in discussions with Governor Baker’s office, the Commonwealth’s head of inspectional services, public safety officials and Chief Recovery Officer Joe Albanese, I am sufficiently convinced that the best course of action is a ‘Rapid Re-Light’ process, which will affect repairs to boilers and furnaces immediately so that people can feel safe and warm in their homes," Town Manager Flanagan said.

The "House Ready" process is expected to be completed between Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, and a Rapid Re-light process has been implemented that will result in gas service being restored ahead of Dec. 2

Hot water heaters, stoves and dryers will be replaced, and boilers and furnaces will be safely repaired or replaced with those being repaired eventually being replaced beginning in the spring.

Click here to download an original transcript of a statement given earlier today by the leaders of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

UPDATE 4:30 PM, November 8

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


Columbia Gas Open House 

Columbia Gas will be hosting an open house in Andover on Saturday, November 10th in the Doherty Middle School cafeteria. The open house will feature information stations with representatives available to answer questions on temporary housing, claims, appliance and equipment installation, relights, construction, energy efficiency, gas safety, and customer service. There will be a question and answer forum with Columbia Gas executives from 8:00 am - 9:00 am. For more information visit: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/home


Free Parking Downtown

The Town of Andover will not be collecting parking fees at municipal parking lots. The Town encourages downtown visitors to park in the municipal parking lots. This includes Lot 1 (between Andover Village Square and Caffé Nero), Lot 2 (behind Old Town Hall) and Lot 3 (Park Street Village). This will be evaluated on a weekly basis.


Appliance Disposal 

The disposal of condemned or replaced appliances is part of the recovery and restoration process. Your appliances will be removed and picked up by Columbia Gas or their contractors. If your appliances have not been collected, call the Columbia Gas affected customer service number: (866) 388-3239


Information for Landlords and Tenants 

Attorney General Maura Healey's office has released information for landlords and tenants affected by the Merrimack Valley Gas Emergency, which can be viewed in full here

As a first step, the Attorney General’s Office encourages landlords and tenants to discuss the situation and work cooperatively to try to resolve issues. Landlords and tenants should discuss what claims each can make with Columbia Gas. For example, landlords should file claims for lost rent with Columbia Gas. Neither landlords nor tenants should suffer any financial loss. Columbia Gas is responsible for all losses caused by the gas explosions.

Tenants and landlords should be aware of their rights, duties, and protections under Massachusetts law. Tenants or landlords who are having problems can call the Attorney General’s Merrimack Valley Hotline at 617-573-5370 for help. Affected residents can request temporary alternative housing by calling Columbia Gas at 1-800-590-5571


Self Mitigation Following Gas Emergency

Town Manager Andrew Flanagan reports that Columbia Gas has provided information on how residents can expedite the gas disaster mitigation process on their own.

"I want to emphasize to our community that they do not have to incur any out-of-pocket costs if they prefer to wait for Columbia Gas to complete its work on its timeline," Town Manager Flanagan said. "However, the self mitigation option does provide an alternative that could accelerate the restoration process for our residents and business owners, and I encourage everyone to consider this option and determine whether or not its the best approach for them."

For those who decide to go about repairing or replacing their own appliances, there are several steps that the utility has provided for residents interested in doing so.

To read the Columbia Gas mailer being sent to customers in full, click here.

The steps for restoration outlined in the mailer are:

Contact Columbia Gas and make the claims adjuster assigned to your case aware of your intention to self mitigate. Adjusters will walk residents and business owners through the process, including briefing them on the information they'll need for later reimbursement. The Columbia Gas claims phone number is 1-800-590-5571.

Hire only licensed installers, who must obtain appropriate permits from the Town of Andover in order to complete the work. Work may include pressure testing, repair and replacement of gas lines, extension of outside gas lines, installation of appliances and completion of a town inspection. Once all of that work is completed, gas service may be restored to individual homes.

Work with a claims adjuster to purchase replacement equipment and appliances. Columbia Gas will reimburse customers for reasonable replacement costs of like kind and quality appliances, including making payments on their behalf or paying customers back for out-of-pocket costs.

Install equipment and appliances, and complete inspection. Once installation is complete, licensed installers will arrange a town inspection. Only work that has been appropriately permitted prior to completion will be eligible for an inspection.

Contact Columbia Gas for service restoration. Once inspections are complete, customers will receive either a green "house ready" tag, or an orange "house ready" tag depending on a home's level of readiness for service restoration. To have service restored following self mitigation work, call 1-866-388-3239.


Permitting and Inspections

The Disaster Inspectional Services permit and inspection center has moved into Old Town Hall, 20 Main Street, Andover. Only plumbers and licensed tradespersons should be utilizing the Disaster Inspectional Services. At this point in the recovery process, heat and hot water are priorities. Stoves and dryers may be inspected if they are installed when an inspector is on the property, but inspections for stoves and dryers may not occur until the “rapid re-light” process to restore heat and hot water is complete. If a homeowner is self-mitigating (hiring their own plumber), the plumber must pull a permit prior to performing any work. Permits are processed to licensed professionals in an expedited manner in the Disaster Inspectional Services center. Without permits being obtained, inspections cannot be performed. Without a permit and inspection, Columbia Gas will not be allowed to restore gas service to the dwelling. To contact the Disaster Inspectional Services Center, call (978) 623-8670.


Update to Restoration Timeline 

Earlier today, Columbia Gas announced it would not meet its Nov. 19 goal for full service restoration.

"My primary focus as Town Manager is to ensure that people and businesses get their heat and hot water turned back on as quickly and safely as possible. After listening and engaging in discussions with Governor Baker’s office, the Commonwealth’s head of inspectional services, public safety officials and Chief Recovery Officer Joe Albanese, I am sufficiently convinced that the best course of action is a ‘Rapid Re-Light’ process, which will affect repairs to boilers and furnaces immediately so that people can feel safe and warm in their homes," Town Manager Flanagan said.

The "House Ready" process is expected to be completed between Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, and a Rapid Re-light process has been implemented that will result in gas service being restored ahead of Dec. 2

Hot water heaters, stoves and dryers will be replaced, and boilers and furnaces will be safely repaired or replaced with those being repaired eventually being replaced beginning in the spring.

Click here to download an original transcript of a statement given earlier today by the leaders of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.


UPDATE 5:10 PM, November 7

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


Information for Landlords and Tenants 

Attorney General Maura Healey's office has released information for landlords and tenants affected by the Merrimack Valley Gas Emergency, which can be viewed in full here

As a first step, the Attorney General’s Office encourages landlords and tenants to discuss the situation and work cooperatively to try to resolve issues. Landlords and tenants should discuss what claims each can make with Columbia Gas. For example, landlords should file claims for lost rent with Columbia Gas. Neither landlords nor tenants should suffer any financial loss. Columbia Gas is responsible for all losses caused by the gas explosions.

Tenants and landlords should be aware of their rights, duties, and protections under Massachusetts law. Tenants or landlords who are having problems can call the Attorney General’s Merrimack Valley Hotline at 617-573-5370 for help. Affected residents can request temporary alternative housing by calling Columbia Gas at 1-800-590-5571


Self Mitigation Following Gas Emergency

Town Manager Andrew Flanagan reports that Columbia Gas has provided information on how residents can expedite the gas disaster mitigation process on their own.

"I want to emphasize to our community that they do not have to incur any out-of-pocket costs if they prefer to wait for Columbia Gas to complete its work on its timeline," Town Manager Flanagan said. "However, the self mitigation option does provide an alternative that could accelerate the restoration process for our residents and business owners, and I encourage everyone to consider this option and determine whether or not its the best approach for them."

For those who decide to go about repairing or replacing their own appliances, there are several steps that the utility has provided for residents interested in doing so.

To read the Columbia Gas mailer being sent to customers in full, click here.

The steps for restoration outlined in the mailer are:

Contact Columbia Gas and make the claims adjuster assigned to your case aware of your intention to self mitigate. Adjusters will walk residents and business owners through the process, including briefing them on the information they'll need for later reimbursement. The Columbia Gas claims phone number is 1-800-590-5571.

Hire only licensed installers, who must obtain appropriate permits from the Town of Andover in order to complete the work. Work may include pressure testing, repair and replacement of gas lines, extension of outside gas lines, installation of appliances and completion of a town inspection. Once all of that work is completed, gas service may be restored to individual homes.

Work with a claims adjuster to purchase replacement equipment and appliances. Columbia Gas will reimburse customers for reasonable replacement costs of like kind and quality appliances, including making payments on their behalf or paying customers back for out-of-pocket costs.

Install equipment and appliances, and complete inspection. Once installation is complete, licensed installers will arrange a town inspection. Only work that has been appropriately permitted prior to completion will be eligible for an inspection.

Contact Columbia Gas for service restoration. Once inspections are complete, customers will receive either a green "house ready" tag, or an orange "house ready" tag depending on a home's level of readiness for service restoration. To have service restored following self mitigation work, call 1-866-388-3239.


Permitting and Inspections

The Disaster Inspectional Services permit and inspection center has moved into Old Town Hall, 20 Main Street, Andover. Only plumbers and licensed tradespersons should be utilizing the Disaster Inspectional Services. At this point in the recovery process, heat and hot water are priorities. Stoves and dryers may be inspected if they are installed when an inspector is on the property, but inspections for stoves and dryers may not occur until the “rapid re-light” process to restore heat and hot water is complete. If a homeowner is self-mitigating (hiring their own plumber), the plumber must pull a permit prior to performing any work. Permits are processed to licensed professionals in an expedited manner in the Disaster Inspectional Services center. Without permits being obtained, inspections cannot be performed. Without a permit and inspection, Columbia Gas will not be allowed to restore gas service to the dwelling. To contact the Disaster Inspectional Services Center, call (978) 623-8670.


Update to Restoration Timeline 

Earlier today, Columbia Gas announced it would not meet its Nov. 19 goal for full service restoration.

"My primary focus as Town Manager is to ensure that people and businesses get their heat and hot water turned back on as quickly and safely as possible. After listening and engaging in discussions with Governor Baker’s office, the Commonwealth’s head of inspectional services, public safety officials and Chief Recovery Officer Joe Albanese, I am sufficiently convinced that the best course of action is a ‘Rapid Re-Light’ process, which will affect repairs to boilers and furnaces immediately so that people can feel safe and warm in their homes," Town Manager Flanagan said.

The "House Ready" process is expected to be completed between Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, and a Rapid Re-light process has been implemented that will result in gas service being restored ahead of Dec. 2

Hot water heaters, stoves and dryers will be replaced, and boilers and furnaces will be safely repaired or replaced with those being repaired eventually being replaced beginning in the spring.

Click here to download an original transcript of a statement given earlier today by the leaders of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.


UPDATE 4:30 PM, November 6

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


Information for Landlords and Tenants 

Attorney General Maura Healey's office has released information for landlords and tenants affected by the Merrimack Valley Gas Emergency, which can be viewed in full here

As a first step, the Attorney General’s Office encourages landlords and tenants to discuss the situation and work cooperatively to try to resolve issues. Landlords and tenants should discuss what claims each can make with Columbia Gas. For example, landlords should file claims for lost rent with Columbia Gas. Neither landlords nor tenants should suffer any financial loss. Columbia Gas is responsible for all losses caused by the gas explosions.

Tenants and landlords should be aware of their rights, duties, and protections under Massachusetts law. Tenants or landlords who are having problems can call the Attorney General’s Merrimack Valley Hotline at 617-573-5370 for help. Affected residents can request temporary alternative housing by calling Columbia Gas at 1-800-590-5571


Self Mitigation Following Gas Emergency

Town Manager Andrew Flanagan reports that Columbia Gas has provided information on how residents can expedite the gas disaster mitigation process on their own.

"I want to emphasize to our community that they do not have to incur any out-of-pocket costs if they prefer to wait for Columbia Gas to complete its work on its timeline," Town Manager Flanagan said. "However, the self mitigation option does provide an alternative that could accelerate the restoration process for our residents and business owners, and I encourage everyone to consider this option and determine whether or not its the best approach for them."

For those who decide to go about repairing or replacing their own appliances, there are several steps that the utility has provided for residents interested in doing so.

To read the Columbia Gas mailer being sent to customers in full, click here.

The steps for restoration outlined in the mailer are:

Contact Columbia Gas and make the claims adjuster assigned to your case aware of your intention to self mitigate. Adjusters will walk residents and business owners through the process, including briefing them on the information they'll need for later reimbursement. The Columbia Gas claims phone number is 1-800-590-5571.

Hire only licensed installers, who must obtain appropriate permits from the Town of Andover in order to complete the work. Work may include pressure testing, repair and replacement of gas lines, extension of outside gas lines, installation of appliances and completion of a town inspection. Once all of that work is completed, gas service may be restored to individual homes.

Work with a claims adjuster to purchase replacement equipment and appliances. Columbia Gas will reimburse customers for reasonable replacement costs of like kind and quality appliances, including making payments on their behalf or paying customers back for out-of-pocket costs.

Install equipment and appliances, and complete inspection. Once installation is complete, licensed installers will arrange a town inspection. Only work that has been appropriately permitted prior to completion will be eligible for an inspection.

Contact Columbia Gas for service restoration. Once inspections are complete, customers will receive either a green "house ready" tag, or an orange "house ready" tag depending on a home's level of readiness for service restoration. To have service restored following self mitigation work, call 1-866-388-3239.


Permitting and Inspections

The Disaster Inspectional Services permit and inspection center has moved into Old Town Hall, 20 Main Street, Andover. Only plumbers and licensed tradespersons should be utilizing the Disaster Inspectional Services. At this point in the recovery process, heat and hot water are priorities. Stoves and dryers may be inspected if they are installed when an inspector is on the property, but inspections for stoves and dryers may not occur until the “rapid re-light” process to restore heat and hot water is complete. If a homeowner is self-mitigating (hiring their own plumber), the plumber must pull a permit prior to performing any work. Permits are processed to licensed professionals in an expedited manner in the Disaster Inspectional Services center. Without permits being obtained, inspections cannot be performed. Without a permit and inspection, Columbia Gas will not be allowed to restore gas service to the dwelling. To contact the Disaster Inspectional Services Center, call (978) 623-8670.


Update to Restoration Timeline 

Earlier today, Columbia Gas announced it would not meet its Nov. 19 goal for full service restoration.

"My primary focus as Town Manager is to ensure that people and businesses get their heat and hot water turned back on as quickly and safely as possible. After listening and engaging in discussions with Governor Baker’s office, the Commonwealth’s head of inspectional services, public safety officials and Chief Recovery Officer Joe Albanese, I am sufficiently convinced that the best course of action is a ‘Rapid Re-Light’ process, which will affect repairs to boilers and furnaces immediately so that people can feel safe and warm in their homes," Town Manager Flanagan said.

The "House Ready" process is expected to be completed between Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, and a Rapid Re-light process has been implemented that will result in gas service being restored ahead of Dec. 2

Hot water heaters, stoves and dryers will be replaced, and boilers and furnaces will be safely repaired or replaced with those being repaired eventually being replaced beginning in the spring.

Click here to download an original transcript of a statement given earlier today by the leaders of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.


UPDATE 4:15 PM, November 5

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


Disaster Relief Fund Application Deadline Today

Essex County Community Foundation announced that the application deadline for support from its Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund is Nov. 5. 

All eligible residents and businesses impacted by the Sept. 13 Columbia Gas fires in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover must file an application by that date to ensure they receive the current $550 stipend gift – and any future gift – being granted by the Fund. If you lost gas service as a result of the crisis, and it was not restored by Oct. 1, you may be eligible to apply.

The easiest way to apply is still online at www.GLDRF.org. Applications are also being accepted by calling 211 and by visiting an application drop-in center, though locations and drop-in center hours have changed, effective Oct. 22 – Nov. 9:

Hours and Locations for application drop-in centers for Oct. 22-Nov. 9

Andover/North Andover YMCA

165 Haverhill St., Andover

978-519-0113

Monday: 4-6 p.m.

Tuesday: 4-6 p.m.

Wednesday: 4-6 p.m.

Thursday: 4-6 p.m.

Friday: 4-6 p.m.

* New applications will not be accepted after Nov. 5.


Information for Landlords and Tenants 

Attorney General Maura Healey's office has released information for landlords and tenants affected by the Merrimack Valley Gas Emergency, which can be viewed in full here

As a first step, the Attorney General’s Office encourages landlords and tenants to discuss the situation and work cooperatively to try to resolve issues. Landlords and tenants should discuss what claims each can make with Columbia Gas. For example, landlords should file claims for lost rent with Columbia Gas. Neither landlords nor tenants should suffer any financial loss. Columbia Gas is responsible for all losses caused by the gas explosions.

Tenants and landlords should be aware of their rights, duties, and protections under Massachusetts law. Tenants or landlords who are having problems can call the Attorney General’s Merrimack Valley Hotline at 617-573-5370 for help. Affected residents can request temporary alternative housing by calling Columbia Gas at 1-800-590-5571


Self Mitigation Following Gas Emergency

Town Manager Andrew Flanagan reports that Columbia Gas has provided information on how residents can expedite the gas disaster mitigation process on their own.

"I want to emphasize to our community that they do not have to incur any out-of-pocket costs if they prefer to wait for Columbia Gas to complete its work on its timeline," Town Manager Flanagan said. "However, the self mitigation option does provide an alternative that could accelerate the restoration process for our residents and business owners, and I encourage everyone to consider this option and determine whether or not its the best approach for them."

For those who decide to go about repairing or replacing their own appliances, there are several steps that the utility has provided for residents interested in doing so.

To read the Columbia Gas mailer being sent to customers in full, click here.

The steps for restoration outlined in the mailer are:

Contact Columbia Gas and make the claims adjuster assigned to your case aware of your intention to self mitigate. Adjusters will walk residents and business owners through the process, including briefing them on the information they'll need for later reimbursement. The Columbia Gas claims phone number is 1-800-590-5571.

Hire only licensed installers, who must obtain appropriate permits from the Town of Andover in order to complete the work. Work may include pressure testing, repair and replacement of gas lines, extension of outside gas lines, installation of appliances and completion of a town inspection. Once all of that work is completed, gas service may be restored to individual homes.

Work with a claims adjuster to purchase replacement equipment and appliances. Columbia Gas will reimburse customers for reasonable replacement costs of like kind and quality appliances, including making payments on their behalf or paying customers back for out-of-pocket costs.

Install equipment and appliances, and complete inspection. Once installation is complete, licensed installers will arrange a town inspection. Only work that has been appropriately permitted prior to completion will be eligible for an inspection.

Contact Columbia Gas for service restoration. Once inspections are complete, customers will receive either a green "house ready" tag, or an orange "house ready" tag depending on a home's level of readiness for service restoration. To have service restored following self mitigation work, call 1-866-388-3239.


Permitting and Inspections

The Disaster Inspectional Services permit and inspection center has moved into Old Town Hall, 20 Main Street, Andover. Only plumbers and licensed tradespersons should be utilizing the Disaster Inspectional Services. At this point in the recovery process, heat and hot water are priorities. Stoves and dryers may be inspected if they are installed when an inspector is on the property, but inspections for stoves and dryers may not occur until the “rapid re-light” process to restore heat and hot water is complete. If a homeowner is self-mitigating (hiring their own plumber), the plumber must pull a permit prior to performing any work. Permits are processed to licensed professionals in an expedited manner in the Disaster Inspectional Services center. Without permits being obtained, inspections cannot be performed. Without a permit and inspection, Columbia Gas will not be allowed to restore gas service to the dwelling. To contact the Disaster Inspectional Services Center, call (978) 623-8670.


Update to Restoration Timeline 

Earlier today, Columbia Gas announced it would not meet its Nov. 19 goal for full service restoration.

"My primary focus as Town Manager is to ensure that people and businesses get their heat and hot water turned back on as quickly and safely as possible. After listening and engaging in discussions with Governor Baker’s office, the Commonwealth’s head of inspectional services, public safety officials and Chief Recovery Officer Joe Albanese, I am sufficiently convinced that the best course of action is a ‘Rapid Re-Light’ process, which will affect repairs to boilers and furnaces immediately so that people can feel safe and warm in their homes," Town Manager Flanagan said.

The "House Ready" process is expected to be completed between Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, and a Rapid Re-light process has been implemented that will result in gas service being restored ahead of Dec. 2

Hot water heaters, stoves and dryers will be replaced, and boilers and furnaces will be safely repaired or replaced with those being repaired eventually being replaced beginning in the spring.

Click here to download an original transcript of a statement given earlier today by the leaders of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


UPDATE 5:00 PM, November 4

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


Disaster Relief Fund Application Deadline Tomorrow

Essex County Community Foundation announced that the application deadline for support from its Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund is Nov. 5. 

All eligible residents and businesses impacted by the Sept. 13 Columbia Gas fires in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover must file an application by that date to ensure they receive the current $550 stipend gift – and any future gift – being granted by the Fund. If you lost gas service as a result of the crisis, and it was not restored by Oct. 1, you may be eligible to apply.

The easiest way to apply is still online at www.GLDRF.org. Applications are also being accepted by calling 211 and by visiting an application drop-in center, though locations and drop-in center hours have changed, effective Oct. 22 – Nov. 9:

Hours and Locations for application drop-in centers for Oct. 22-Nov. 9

Andover/North Andover YMCA

165 Haverhill St., Andover

978-519-0113

Monday: 4-6 p.m.

Tuesday: 4-6 p.m.

Wednesday: 4-6 p.m.

Thursday: 4-6 p.m.

Friday: 4-6 p.m.

* New applications will not be accepted after Nov. 5.


Self Mitigation Following Gas Emergency

Town Manager Andrew Flanagan reports that Columbia Gas has provided information on how residents can expedite the gas disaster mitigation process on their own.

"I want to emphasize to our community that they do not have to incur any out-of-pocket costs if they prefer to wait for Columbia Gas to complete its work on its timeline," Town Manager Flanagan said. "However, the self mitigation option does provide an alternative that could accelerate the restoration process for our residents and business owners, and I encourage everyone to consider this option and determine whether or not its the best approach for them."

For those who decide to go about repairing or replacing their own appliances, there are several steps that the utility has provided for residents interested in doing so.

To read the Columbia Gas mailer being sent to customers in full, click here.

The steps for restoration outlined in the mailer are:

Contact Columbia Gas and make the claims adjuster assigned to your case aware of your intention to self mitigate. Adjusters will walk residents and business owners through the process, including briefing them on the information they'll need for later reimbursement. The Columbia Gas claims phone number is 1-800-590-5571.

Hire only licensed installers, who must obtain appropriate permits from the Town of Andover in order to complete the work. Work may include pressure testing, repair and replacement of gas lines, extension of outside gas lines, installation of appliances and completion of a town inspection. Once all of that work is completed, gas service may be restored to individual homes.

Work with a claims adjuster to purchase replacement equipment and appliances. Columbia Gas will reimburse customers for reasonable replacement costs of like kind and quality appliances, including making payments on their behalf or paying customers back for out-of-pocket costs.

Install equipment and appliances, and complete inspection. Once installation is complete, licensed installers will arrange a town inspection. Only work that has been appropriately permitted prior to completion will be eligible for an inspection.

Contact Columbia Gas for service restoration. Once inspections are complete, customers will receive either a green "house ready" tag, or an orange "house ready" tag depending on a home's level of readiness for service restoration. To have service restored following self mitigation work, call 1-866-388-3239.


Permitting and Inspections

The Disaster Inspectional Services permit and inspection center has moved into Old Town Hall, 20 Main Street, Andover. Only plumbers and licensed tradespersons should be utilizing the Disaster Inspectional Services. At this point in the recovery process, heat and hot water are priorities. Stoves and dryers may be inspected if they are installed when an inspector is on the property, but inspections for stoves and dryers may not occur until the “rapid re-light” process to restore heat and hot water is complete. If a homeowner is self-mitigating (hiring their own plumber), the plumber must pull a permit prior to performing any work. Permits are processed to licensed professionals in an expedited manner in the Disaster Inspectional Services center. Without permits being obtained, inspections cannot be performed. Without a permit and inspection, Columbia Gas will not be allowed to restore gas service to the dwelling. To contact the Disaster Inspectional Services Center, call (978) 623-8670.


Update to Restoration Timeline 

Earlier today, Columbia Gas announced it would not meet its Nov. 19 goal for full service restoration.

"My primary focus as Town Manager is to ensure that people and businesses get their heat and hot water turned back on as quickly and safely as possible. After listening and engaging in discussions with Governor Baker’s office, the Commonwealth’s head of inspectional services, public safety officials and Chief Recovery Officer Joe Albanese, I am sufficiently convinced that the best course of action is a ‘Rapid Re-Light’ process, which will affect repairs to boilers and furnaces immediately so that people can feel safe and warm in their homes," Town Manager Flanagan said.

The "House Ready" process is expected to be completed between Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, and a Rapid Re-light process has been implemented that will result in gas service being restored ahead of Dec. 2

Hot water heaters, stoves and dryers will be replaced, and boilers and furnaces will be safely repaired or replaced with those being repaired eventually being replaced beginning in the spring.

Click here to download an original transcript of a statement given earlier today by the leaders of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


UPDATE 5:00 PM, November 3

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


Self Mitigation Following Gas Emergency

Town Manager Andrew Flanagan reports that Columbia Gas has provided information on how residents can expedite the gas disaster mitigation process on their own.

"I want to emphasize to our community that they do not have to incur any out-of-pocket costs if they prefer to wait for Columbia Gas to complete its work on its timeline," Town Manager Flanagan said. "However, the self mitigation option does provide an alternative that could accelerate the restoration process for our residents and business owners, and I encourage everyone to consider this option and determine whether or not its the best approach for them."

For those who decide to go about repairing or replacing their own appliances, there are several steps that the utility has provided for residents interested in doing so.

To read the Columbia Gas mailer being sent to customers in full, click here.

The steps for restoration outlined in the mailer are:

Contact Columbia Gas and make the claims adjuster assigned to your case aware of your intention to self mitigate. Adjusters will walk residents and business owners through the process, including briefing them on the information they'll need for later reimbursement. The Columbia Gas claims phone number is 1-800-590-5571.

Hire only licensed installers, who must obtain appropriate permits from the Town of Andover in order to complete the work. Work may include pressure testing, repair and replacement of gas lines, extension of outside gas lines, installation of appliances and completion of a town inspection. Once all of that work is completed, gas service may be restored to individual homes.

Work with a claims adjuster to purchase replacement equipment and appliances. Columbia Gas will reimburse customers for reasonable replacement costs of like kind and quality appliances, including making payments on their behalf or paying customers back for out-of-pocket costs.

Install equipment and appliances, and complete inspection. Once installation is complete, licensed installers will arrange a town inspection. Only work that has been appropriately permitted prior to completion will be eligible for an inspection.

Contact Columbia Gas for service restoration. Once inspections are complete, customers will receive either a green "house ready" tag, or an orange "house ready" tag depending on a home's level of readiness for service restoration. To have service restored following self mitigation work, call 1-866-388-3239.


Permitting and Inspections

The Disaster Inspectional Services permit and inspection center has moved into Old Town Hall, 20 Main Street, Andover. Only plumbers and licensed tradespersons should be utilizing the Disaster Inspectional Services. At this point in the recovery process, heat and hot water are priorities. Stoves and dryers may be inspected if they are installed when an inspector is on the property, but inspections for stoves and dryers may not occur until the “rapid re-light” process to restore heat and hot water is complete. If a homeowner is self-mitigating (hiring their own plumber), the plumber must pull a permit prior to performing any work. Permits are processed to licensed professionals in an expedited manner in the Disaster Inspectional Services center. Without permits being obtained, inspections cannot be performed. Without a permit and inspection, Columbia Gas will not be allowed to restore gas service to the dwelling. To contact the Disaster Inspectional Services Center, call (978) 623-8670.


Disaster Relief Fund Application Deadline

Essex County Community Foundation announced that the application deadline for support from its Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund is Nov. 5. 

All eligible residents and businesses impacted by the Sept. 13 Columbia Gas fires in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover must file an application by that date to ensure they receive the current $550 stipend gift – and any future gift – being granted by the Fund. If you lost gas service as a result of the crisis, and it was not restored by Oct. 1, you may be eligible to apply.

The easiest way to apply is still online at www.GLDRF.org. Applications are also being accepted by calling 211 and by visiting an application drop-in center, though locations and drop-in center hours have changed, effective Oct. 22 – Nov. 9:

Hours and Locations for application drop-in centers for Oct. 22-Nov. 9


Andover/North Andover YMCA

165 Haverhill St., Andover

978-519-0113


Monday: 4-6 p.m.

Tuesday: 4-6 p.m.

Wednesday: 4-6 p.m.

Thursday: 4-6 p.m.

Friday: 4-6 p.m.


* New applications will not be accepted after Nov. 5.

Update to Restoration Timeline 

Earlier today, Columbia Gas announced it would not meet its Nov. 19 goal for full service restoration.

"My primary focus as Town Manager is to ensure that people and businesses get their heat and hot water turned back on as quickly and safely as possible. After listening and engaging in discussions with Governor Baker’s office, the Commonwealth’s head of inspectional services, public safety officials and Chief Recovery Officer Joe Albanese, I am sufficiently convinced that the best course of action is a ‘Rapid Re-Light’ process, which will affect repairs to boilers and furnaces immediately so that people can feel safe and warm in their homes," Town Manager Flanagan said.

The "House Ready" process is expected to be completed between Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, and a Rapid Re-light process has been implemented that will result in gas service being restored ahead of Dec. 2

Hot water heaters, stoves and dryers will be replaced, and boilers and furnaces will be safely repaired or replaced with those being repaired eventually being replaced beginning in the spring.

Click here to download an original transcript of a statement given earlier today by the leaders of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


UPDATE 4:30 PM, November 2

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


Self Mitigation Following Gas Emergency

Town Manager Andrew Flanagan reports that Columbia Gas has provided information on how residents can expedite the gas disaster mitigation process on their own.

"I want to emphasize to our community that they do not have to incur any out-of-pocket costs if they prefer to wait for Columbia Gas to complete its work on its timeline," Town Manager Flanagan said. "However, the self mitigation option does provide an alternative that could accelerate the restoration process for our residents and business owners, and I encourage everyone to consider this option and determine whether or not its the best approach for them."

For those who decide to go about repairing or replacing their own appliances, there are several steps that the utility has provided for residents interested in doing so.

To read the Columbia Gas mailer being sent to customers in full, click here.

The steps for restoration outlined in the mailer are:

Contact Columbia Gas and make the claims adjuster assigned to your case aware of your intention to self mitigate. Adjusters will walk residents and business owners through the process, including briefing them on the information they'll need for later reimbursement. The Columbia Gas claims phone number is 1-800-590-5571.

Hire only licensed installers, who must obtain appropriate permits from the Town of Andover in order to complete the work. Work may include pressure testing, repair and replacement of gas lines, extension of outside gas lines, installation of appliances and completion of a town inspection. Once all of that work is completed, gas service may be restored to individual homes.

Work with a claims adjuster to purchase replacement equipment and appliances. Columbia Gas will reimburse customers for reasonable replacement costs of like kind and quality appliances, including making payments on their behalf or paying customers back for out-of-pocket costs.

Install equipment and appliances, and complete inspection. Once installation is complete, licensed installers will arrange a town inspection. Only work that has been appropriately permitted prior to completion will be eligible for an inspection.

Contact Columbia Gas for service restoration. Once inspections are complete, customers will receive either a green "house ready" tag, or an orange "house ready" tag depending on a home's level of readiness for service restoration. To have service restored following self mitigation work, call 1-866-388-3239.


Permitting and Inspections

The Disaster Inspectional Services permit and inspection center has moved into Old Town Hall, 20 Main Street, Andover. Only plumbers and licensed tradespersons should be utilizing the Disaster Inspectional Services. At this point in the recovery process, heat and hot water are priorities. Stoves and dryers may be inspected if they are installed when an inspector is on the property, but inspections for stoves and dryers may not occur until the “rapid re-light” process to restore heat and hot water is complete. If a homeowner is self-mitigating (hiring their own plumber), the plumber must pull a permit prior to performing any work. Permits are processed to licensed professionals in an expedited manner in the Disaster Inspectional Services center. Without permits being obtained, inspections cannot be performed. Without a permit and inspection, Columbia Gas will not be allowed to restore gas service to the dwelling. To contact the Disaster Inspectional Services Center, call (978) 623-8670.


Disaster Relief Fund Application Deadline

Essex County Community Foundation announced that the application deadline for support from its Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund is Nov. 5. 

All eligible residents and businesses impacted by the Sept. 13 Columbia Gas fires in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover must file an application by that date to ensure they receive the current $550 stipend gift – and any future gift – being granted by the Fund. If you lost gas service as a result of the crisis, and it was not restored by Oct. 1, you may be eligible to apply.

The easiest way to apply is still online at www.GLDRF.org. Applications are also being accepted by calling 211 and by visiting an application drop-in center, though locations and drop-in center hours have changed, effective Oct. 22 – Nov. 9:

Hours and Locations for application drop-in centers for Oct. 22-Nov. 9


Andover/North Andover YMCA

165 Haverhill St., Andover

978-519-0113


Monday: 4-6 p.m.

Tuesday: 4-6 p.m.

Wednesday: 4-6 p.m.

Thursday: 4-6 p.m.

Friday: 4-6 p.m.


* New applications will not be accepted after Nov. 5.

Update to Restoration Timeline 

Earlier today, Columbia Gas announced it would not meet its Nov. 19 goal for full service restoration.

"My primary focus as Town Manager is to ensure that people and businesses get their heat and hot water turned back on as quickly and safely as possible. After listening and engaging in discussions with Governor Baker’s office, the Commonwealth’s head of inspectional services, public safety officials and Chief Recovery Officer Joe Albanese, I am sufficiently convinced that the best course of action is a ‘Rapid Re-Light’ process, which will affect repairs to boilers and furnaces immediately so that people can feel safe and warm in their homes," Town Manager Flanagan said.

The "House Ready" process is expected to be completed between Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, and a Rapid Re-light process has been implemented that will result in gas service being restored ahead of Dec. 2

Hot water heaters, stoves and dryers will be replaced, and boilers and furnaces will be safely repaired or replaced with those being repaired eventually being replaced beginning in the spring.

Click here to download an original transcript of a statement given earlier today by the leaders of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


UPDATE 2:00 PM, November 2

Town of Andover Provides Information on Self Mitigation Following Gas Emergency

Town Manager Andrew Flanagan reports that Columbia Gas has provided information on how residents can expedite the gas disaster mitigation process on their own.

"I want to emphasize to our community that they do not have to incur any out-of-pocket costs if they prefer to wait for Columbia Gas to complete its work on its timeline," Town Manager Flanagan said. "However, the self mitigation option does provide an alternative that could accelerate the restoration process for our residents and business owners, and I encourage everyone to consider this option and determine whether or not its the best approach for them."

For those who decide to go about repairing or replacing their own appliances, there are several steps that the utility has provided for residents interested in doing so.

To read the Columbia Gas mailer being sent to customers in full, click here.

The steps for restoration outlined in the mailer are:

Contact Columbia Gas and make the claims adjuster assigned to your case aware of your intention to self mitigate. Adjusters will walk residents and business owners through the process, including briefing them on the information they'll need for later reimbursement. The Columbia Gas claims phone number is 1-800-590-5571.

Hire only licensed installers, who must obtain appropriate permits from the Town of Andover in order to complete the work. Work may include pressure testing, repair and replacement of gas lines, extension of outside gas lines, installation of appliances and completion of a town inspection. Once all of that work is completed, gas service may be restored to individual homes.

Work with a claims adjuster to purchase replacement equipment and appliances. Columbia Gas will reimburse customers for reasonable replacement costs of like kind and quality appliances, including making payments on their behalf or paying customers back for out-of-pocket costs.

Install equipment and appliances, and complete inspection. Once installation is complete, licensed installers will arrange a town inspection. Only work that has been appropriately permitted prior to completion will be eligible for an inspection.

Contact Columbia Gas for service restoration. Once inspections are complete, customers will receive either a green "house ready" tag, or an orange "house ready" tag depending on a home's level of readiness for service restoration. To have service restored following self mitigation work, call 1-866-388-3239.



UPDATE 5:20 PM, November 1

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


Permitting and Inspections

The Disaster Inspectional Services permit and inspection center has moved into Old Town Hall, 20 Main Street, Andover. Only plumbers and licensed tradespersons should be utilizing the Disaster Inspectional Services. At this point in the recovery process, heat and hot water are priorities. Stoves and dryers may be inspected if they are installed when an inspector is on the property, but inspections for stoves and dryers may not occur until the “rapid re-light” process to restore heat and hot water is complete. If a homeowner is self-mitigating (hiring their own plumber), the plumber must pull a permit prior to performing any work. Permits are processed to licensed professionals in an expedited manner in the Disaster Inspectional Services center. Without permits being obtained, inspections cannot be performed. Without a permit and inspection, Columbia Gas will not be allowed to restore gas service to the dwelling. To contact the Disaster Inspectional Services Center, call (978) 623-8670.


Update to Restoration Timeline 

Earlier today, Columbia Gas announced it would not meet its Nov. 19 goal for full service restoration.

"My primary focus as Town Manager is to ensure that people and businesses get their heat and hot water turned back on as quickly and safely as possible. After listening and engaging in discussions with Governor Baker’s office, the Commonwealth’s head of inspectional services, public safety officials and Chief Recovery Officer Joe Albanese, I am sufficiently convinced that the best course of action is a ‘Rapid Re-Light’ process, which will affect repairs to boilers and furnaces immediately so that people can feel safe and warm in their homes," Town Manager Flanagan said.

The "House Ready" process is expected to be completed between Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, and a Rapid Re-light process has been implemented that will result in gas service being restored ahead of Dec. 2

Hot water heaters, stoves and dryers will be replaced, and boilers and furnaces will be safely repaired or replaced with those being repaired eventually being replaced beginning in the spring.

Click here to download an original transcript of a statement given earlier today by the leaders of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


UPDATE 6:45 PM, October 31

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


Permitting and Inspections

The Disaster Inspectional Services permit and inspection center has moved into Old Town Hall, 20 Main Street, Andover. Only plumbers and licensed tradespersons should be utilizing the Disaster Inspectional Services. At this point in the recovery process, heat and hot water are priorities. Stoves and dryers may be inspected if they are installed when an inspector is on the property, but inspections for stoves and dryers may not occur until the “rapid re-light” process to restore heat and hot water is complete. If a homeowner is self-mitigating (hiring their own plumber), the plumber must pull a permit prior to performing any work. Permits are processed to licensed professionals in an expedited manner in the Disaster Inspectional Services center. Without permits being obtained, inspections cannot be performed. Without a permit and inspection, Columbia Gas will not be allowed to restore gas service to the dwelling. To contact the Disaster Inspectional Services Center, call (978) 623-8670.


Update to Restoration Timeline 

Earlier today, Columbia Gas announced it would not meet its Nov. 19 goal for full service restoration.

"My primary focus as Town Manager is to ensure that people and businesses get their heat and hot water turned back on as quickly and safely as possible. After listening and engaging in discussions with Governor Baker’s office, the Commonwealth’s head of inspectional services, public safety officials and Chief Recovery Officer Joe Albanese, I am sufficiently convinced that the best course of action is a ‘Rapid Re-Light’ process, which will affect repairs to boilers and furnaces immediately so that people can feel safe and warm in their homes," Town Manager Flanagan said.

The "House Ready" process is expected to be completed between Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, and a Rapid Re-light process has been implemented that will result in gas service being restored ahead of Dec. 2

Hot water heaters, stoves and dryers will be replaced, and boilers and furnaces will be safely repaired or replaced with those being repaired eventually being replaced beginning in the spring.

Click here to download an original transcript of a statement given earlier today by the leaders of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


UPDATE 5:00 PM, October 30

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


Permitting and Inspections

The Disaster Inspectional Services permit and inspection center has moved into Old Town Hall, 20 Main Street, Andover. Only plumbers and licensed tradespersons should be utilizing the Disaster Inspectional Services. At this point in the recovery process, heat and hot water are priorities. Stoves and dryers may be inspected if they are installed when an inspector is on the property, but inspections for stoves and dryers may not occur until the “rapid re-light” process to restore heat and hot water is complete. If a homeowner is self-mitigating (hiring their own plumber), the plumber must pull a permit prior to performing any work. Permits are processed to licensed professionals in an expedited manner in the Disaster Inspectional Services center. Without permits being obtained, inspections cannot be performed. Without a permit and inspection, Columbia Gas will not be allowed to restore gas service to the dwelling. To contact the Disaster Inspectional Services Center, call (978) 623-8670.


Update to Restoration Timeline 

Earlier today, Columbia Gas announced it would not meet its Nov. 19 goal for full service restoration.

"My primary focus as Town Manager is to ensure that people and businesses get their heat and hot water turned back on as quickly and safely as possible. After listening and engaging in discussions with Governor Baker’s office, the Commonwealth’s head of inspectional services, public safety officials and Chief Recovery Officer Joe Albanese, I am sufficiently convinced that the best course of action is a ‘Rapid Re-Light’ process, which will affect repairs to boilers and furnaces immediately so that people can feel safe and warm in their homes," Town Manager Flanagan said.

The "House Ready" process is expected to be completed between Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, and a Rapid Re-light process has been implemented that will result in gas service being restored ahead of Dec. 2

Hot water heaters, stoves and dryers will be replaced, and boilers and furnaces will be safely repaired or replaced with those being repaired eventually being replaced beginning in the spring.

Click here to download an original transcript of a statement given earlier today by the leaders of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.


Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief - Last Day to File for Stipend is November 5, 2018

Essex County Community Foundation announced today that the application deadline for support from its Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund is November 5, 2018

All eligible residents and businesses impacted by the September 3 Columbia Gas fires in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover must file an application by that date to ensure they receive the current $550 stipend gift – and any future gift – being granted by the Fund. If you lost gas service as a result of the crisis, and it was not restored by October 1, you may be eligible to apply. To apply online visit: www.gldrf.org


“Back to Business”

Columbia Gas has developed an integrated process to quickly restore business customers. The “Back-to-Business” initiative will assign a project manager to each business owner who will be responsible for addressing the businesses’ unique needs in order to make the business ready to receive natural gas. The project managers will proactively reach out to business owners to introduce themselves and will begin visiting businesses in the coming days.

Back to Business Centers

Under the direction of each project manager will be a fully integrated team including claims adjusters, plumbers, laborers and electricians to quickly restore business customers.

The “Back-to-Business” initiative’s integrated teams will work out of three business centers, located in each of the affected communities.  These centers will serve as the operation center for construction operations managers, claims representatives and linguists, and will work to build customized plans for each business based on their assessed needs.  While business owners will be hearing from their project manager proactively, these centers are open to the public should business owners choose to visit them during the claims and recovery process.

The locations of the “Back-to-Business” Centers, which will be open beginning Thursday, October 18 at noon, are:

•            439 South Union Street, Lawrence, MA: Construction Operations Manager Derrick Seitz

•            45 Main Street, Andover, MA: Construction Operations Manager Jeff McCaples

•            115 South Main Street, North Andover, MA: Construction Operations Manager Charlie Romano

Starting on Thursday, October 18, the centers will be open from Tuesday to Friday from 12pm to 8pm and Saturdays from 8am to 2pm.


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


Alternative Housing 

Impacted Columbia Gas customers who choose to be placed in alternative housing while their homes are without gas should call Columbia Gas’ Claims line: 800-590-5571.

Transportation arrangements will be provided for residents staying in hotels and apartments who do not have their own means of transportation.

With temperatures beginning to drop on a more consistent basis, a congregate shelter has been established for those in need. It is capable of hosting up to 1,000 people and will have hot meals available. The shelter is located at 46 Stafford St., Lawrence.

The congregate shelter has been established as a warming center with showers, and can accommodate residents for short-term overnight stays.


Halloween

Official hours for Trick-or-Treating are 5-7 p.m. on October 31, 2018. All safety precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of the children and families out walking on Halloween.

With a sharp increase in foot traffic, motorists are urged to exercise extreme caution on Halloween. Speeding and traffic regulations will be vigorously enforced. The Andover Police Department will have increased patrols in town all evening to help ensure safety.


UPDATE 5:00 PM, October 29

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


Update to Restoration Timeline 

Earlier today, Columbia Gas announced it would not meet its Nov. 19 goal for full service restoration.

"My primary focus as Town Manager is to ensure that people and businesses get their heat and hot water turned back on as quickly and safely as possible. After listening and engaging in discussions with Governor Baker’s office, the Commonwealth’s head of inspectional services, public safety officials and Chief Recovery Officer Joe Albanese, I am sufficiently convinced that the best course of action is a ‘Rapid Re-Light’ process, which will affect repairs to boilers and furnaces immediately so that people can feel safe and warm in their homes," Town Manager Flanagan said.

The "House Ready" process is expected to be completed between Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, and a Rapid Re-light process has been implemented that will result in gas service being restored ahead of Dec. 2

Hot water heaters, stoves and dryers will be replaced, and boilers and furnaces will be safely repaired or replaced with those being repaired eventually being replaced beginning in the spring.

Click here to download an original transcript of a statement given earlier today by the leaders of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.


Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief - Last Day to File for Stipend is November 5, 2018

Essex County Community Foundation announced today that the application deadline for support from its Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund is November 5, 2018

All eligible residents and businesses impacted by the September 3 Columbia Gas fires in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover must file an application by that date to ensure they receive the current $550 stipend gift – and any future gift – being granted by the Fund. If you lost gas service as a result of the crisis, and it was not restored by October 1, you may be eligible to apply. To apply online visit: www.gldrf.org


“Back to Business”

Columbia Gas has developed an integrated process to quickly restore business customers. The “Back-to-Business” initiative will assign a project manager to each business owner who will be responsible for addressing the businesses’ unique needs in order to make the business ready to receive natural gas. The project managers will proactively reach out to business owners to introduce themselves and will begin visiting businesses in the coming days.

Back to Business Centers

Under the direction of each project manager will be a fully integrated team including claims adjusters, plumbers, laborers and electricians to quickly restore business customers.

The “Back-to-Business” initiative’s integrated teams will work out of three business centers, located in each of the affected communities.  These centers will serve as the operation center for construction operations managers, claims representatives and linguists, and will work to build customized plans for each business based on their assessed needs.  While business owners will be hearing from their project manager proactively, these centers are open to the public should business owners choose to visit them during the claims and recovery process.

The locations of the “Back-to-Business” Centers, which will be open beginning Thursday, October 18 at noon, are:

•            439 South Union Street, Lawrence, MA: Construction Operations Manager Derrick Seitz

•            45 Main Street, Andover, MA: Construction Operations Manager Jeff McCaples

•            115 South Main Street, North Andover, MA: Construction Operations Manager Charlie Romano

Starting on Thursday, October 18, the centers will be open from Tuesday to Friday from 12pm to 8pm and Saturdays from 8am to 2pm.


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


Alternative Housing 

Impacted Columbia Gas customers who choose to be placed in alternative housing while their homes are without gas should call Columbia Gas’ Claims line: 800-590-5571.

Transportation arrangements will be provided for residents staying in hotels and apartments who do not have their own means of transportation.

With temperatures beginning to drop on a more consistent basis, a congregate shelter has been established for those in need. It is capable of hosting up to 1,000 people and will have hot meals available. The shelter is located at 46 Stafford St., Lawrence.

The congregate shelter has been established as a warming center with showers, and can accommodate residents for short-term overnight stays.


Halloween

Official hours for Trick-or-Treating are 5-7 p.m. on October 31, 2018. All safety precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of the children and families out walking on Halloween.

With a sharp increase in foot traffic, motorists are urged to exercise extreme caution on Halloween. Speeding and traffic regulations will be vigorously enforced. The Andover Police Department will have increased patrols in town all evening to help ensure safety.


UPDATE 4:40 PM, October 28

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


Update to Restoration Timeline 

Earlier today, Columbia Gas announced it would not meet its Nov. 19 goal for full service restoration.

"My primary focus as Town Manager is to ensure that people and businesses get their heat and hot water turned back on as quickly and safely as possible. After listening and engaging in discussions with Governor Baker’s office, the Commonwealth’s head of inspectional services, public safety officials and Chief Recovery Officer Joe Albanese, I am sufficiently convinced that the best course of action is a ‘Rapid Re-Light’ process, which will affect repairs to boilers and furnaces immediately so that people can feel safe and warm in their homes," Town Manager Flanagan said.

The "House Ready" process is expected to be completed between Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, and a Rapid Re-light process has been implemented that will result in gas service being restored ahead of Dec. 2

Hot water heaters, stoves and dryers will be replaced, and boilers and furnaces will be safely repaired or replaced with those being repaired eventually being replaced beginning in the spring.

Click here to download an original transcript of a statement given earlier today by the leaders of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.


Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief - Last Day to File for Stipend is November 5, 2018

Essex County Community Foundation announced today that the application deadline for support from its Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund is November 5, 2018

All eligible residents and businesses impacted by the September 3 Columbia Gas fires in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover must file an application by that date to ensure they receive the current $550 stipend gift – and any future gift – being granted by the Fund. If you lost gas service as a result of the crisis, and it was not restored by October 1, you may be eligible to apply. To apply online visit: www.gldrf.org


Claims Center Location Change 

Beginning on Monday, October 22, 2018, the Andover Claims Center located at Old Town Hall will move to 45 Main Street, Andover (the former location of Greater Boston Running Company). The Claims Center is open Monday through Friday, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

Additionally, the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund will be transitioning to new locations: the Andover/North Andover YMCA, Monday through Friday, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm; and the Lawrence Senior Center, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and Friday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.


“Back to Business”

Columbia Gas has developed an integrated process to quickly restore business customers. The “Back-to-Business” initiative will assign a project manager to each business owner who will be responsible for addressing the businesses’ unique needs in order to make the business ready to receive natural gas. The project managers will proactively reach out to business owners to introduce themselves and will begin visiting businesses in the coming days.

Back to Business Centers

Under the direction of each project manager will be a fully integrated team including claims adjusters, plumbers, laborers and electricians to quickly restore business customers.

The “Back-to-Business” initiative’s integrated teams will work out of three business centers, located in each of the affected communities.  These centers will serve as the operation center for construction operations managers, claims representatives and linguists, and will work to build customized plans for each business based on their assessed needs.  While business owners will be hearing from their project manager proactively, these centers are open to the public should business owners choose to visit them during the claims and recovery process.

The locations of the “Back-to-Business” Centers, which will be open beginning Thursday, October 18 at noon, are:

•            439 South Union Street, Lawrence, MA: Construction Operations Manager Derrick Seitz

•            45 Main Street, Andover, MA: Construction Operations Manager Jeff McCaples

•            115 South Main Street, North Andover, MA: Construction Operations Manager Charlie Romano

Starting on Thursday, October 18, the centers will be open from Tuesday to Friday from 12pm to 8pm and Saturdays from 8am to 2pm.


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


Alternative Housing 

Impacted Columbia Gas customers who choose to be placed in alternative housing while their homes are without gas should call Columbia Gas’ Claims line: 800-590-5571.

Transportation arrangements will be provided for residents staying in hotels and apartments who do not have their own means of transportation.

With temperatures beginning to drop on a more consistent basis, a congregate shelter has been established for those in need. It is capable of hosting up to 1,000 people and will have hot meals available. The shelter is located at 46 Stafford St., Lawrence.

The congregate shelter has been established as a warming center with showers, and can accommodate residents for short-term overnight stays.


Halloween

Official hours for Trick-or-Treating are 5-7 p.m. on October 31, 2018. All safety precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of the children and families out walking on Halloween.

With a sharp increase in foot traffic, motorists are urged to exercise extreme caution on Halloween. Speeding and traffic regulations will be vigorously enforced. The Andover Police Department will have increased patrols in town all evening to help ensure safety.


UPDATE 4:30 PM, October 26

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


Update to Restoration Timeline 

Earlier today, Columbia Gas announced it would not meet its Nov. 19 goal for full service restoration.

"My primary focus as Town Manager is to ensure that people and businesses get their heat and hot water turned back on as quickly and safely as possible. After listening and engaging in discussions with Governor Baker’s office, the Commonwealth’s head of inspectional services, public safety officials and Chief Recovery Officer Joe Albanese, I am sufficiently convinced that the best course of action is a ‘Rapid Re-Light’ process, which will affect repairs to boilers and furnaces immediately so that people can feel safe and warm in their homes," Town Manager Flanagan said.

The "House Ready" process is expected to be completed between Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, and a Rapid Re-light process has been implemented that will result in gas service being restored ahead of Dec. 2

Hot water heaters, stoves and dryers will be replaced, and boilers and furnaces will be safely repaired or replaced with those being repaired eventually being replaced beginning in the spring.

Click here to download an original transcript of a statement given earlier today by the leaders of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.


Columbia Gas Open House and Public Forums

Columbia Gas will be hosting open houses in Andover, Lawrence, and North Andover on Saturday, October 27th from 1 pm - 4 pm. The sessions will include a question and answer forum with NiSource and Columbia Gas executives and information stations for those with questions about the recovery and restoration process. Topics will include alternate housing solutions, claims, appliance installations, home and business re-lights, construction energy efficiency, gas safety, and billing. 

The Andover Open House will take place at Doherty Middle School from 1 pm - 4 pm. View the *UPDATED* open house flyer


Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief - Last Day to File for Stipend is November 5, 2018

Essex County Community Foundation announced today that the application deadline for support from its Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund is November 5, 2018

All eligible residents and businesses impacted by the September 3 Columbia Gas fires in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover must file an application by that date to ensure they receive the current $550 stipend gift – and any future gift – being granted by the Fund. If you lost gas service as a result of the crisis, and it was not restored by October 1, you may be eligible to apply. To apply online visit: www.gldrf.org


Claims Center Location Change 

Beginning on Monday, October 22, 2018, the Andover Claims Center located at Old Town Hall will move to 45 Main Street, Andover (the former location of Greater Boston Running Company). The Claims Center is open Monday through Friday, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

Additionally, the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund will be transitioning to new locations: the Andover/North Andover YMCA, Monday through Friday, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm; and the Lawrence Senior Center, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and Friday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.


“Back to Business”

Columbia Gas has developed an integrated process to quickly restore business customers. The “Back-to-Business” initiative will assign a project manager to each business owner who will be responsible for addressing the businesses’ unique needs in order to make the business ready to receive natural gas. The project managers will proactively reach out to business owners to introduce themselves and will begin visiting businesses in the coming days.

Back to Business Centers

Under the direction of each project manager will be a fully integrated team including claims adjusters, plumbers, laborers and electricians to quickly restore business customers.

The “Back-to-Business” initiative’s integrated teams will work out of three business centers, located in each of the affected communities.  These centers will serve as the operation center for construction operations managers, claims representatives and linguists, and will work to build customized plans for each business based on their assessed needs.  While business owners will be hearing from their project manager proactively, these centers are open to the public should business owners choose to visit them during the claims and recovery process.

The locations of the “Back-to-Business” Centers, which will be open beginning Thursday, October 18 at noon, are:

•            439 South Union Street, Lawrence, MA: Construction Operations Manager Derrick Seitz

•            45 Main Street, Andover, MA: Construction Operations Manager Jeff McCaples

•            115 South Main Street, North Andover, MA: Construction Operations Manager Charlie Romano

Starting on Thursday, October 18, the centers will be open from Tuesday to Friday from 12pm to 8pm and Saturdays from 8am to 2pm.


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


Alternative Housing 

Impacted Columbia Gas customers who choose to be placed in alternative housing while their homes are without gas should call Columbia Gas’ Claims line: 800-590-5571.

Transportation arrangements will be provided for residents staying in hotels and apartments who do not have their own means of transportation.

With temperatures beginning to drop on a more consistent basis, a congregate shelter has been established for those in need. It is capable of hosting up to 1,000 people and will have hot meals available. The shelter is located at 46 Stafford St., Lawrence.

The congregate shelter has been established as a warming center with showers, and can accommodate residents for short-term overnight stays.


Halloween

Official hours for Trick-or-Treating are 5-7 p.m. on October 31, 2018. All safety precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of the children and families out walking on Halloween.

With a sharp increase in foot traffic, motorists are urged to exercise extreme caution on Halloween. Speeding and traffic regulations will be vigorously enforced. The Andover Police Department will have increased patrols in town all evening to help ensure safety.


UPDATE 1:20 PM, October 26

Statement from Andover Town Manager Andrew P. Flanagan Regarding Restoration Deadlines 

Town Manager Andrew P. Flanagan participated in a briefing today with the leaders of North Andover and Lawrence as well as state leaders and Columbia Gas officials. The following is a statement from Town Manager Flanagan in response to today's news about the change in restoration date goals:

"Today, something we feared was confirmed by Columbia Gas; that the plan rolled out more than a month ago to make our residents and businesses whole again will not meet its Nov. 19 goal. Thousands of residents and business owners in the Merrimack Valley remain without heat and hot water as temperatures quickly begin to drop and a cold, windy nor'easter bears down on New England this weekend.

My primary focus as Town Manager is to ensure that people and businesses get their heat and hot water turned back on as quickly and safely as possible. After listening and engaging in discussions with Governor Baker's office, the Commonwealth's head of inspectional services, public safety officials and Chief Recovery Officer Joe Albanese, I am sufficiently convinced that the best course of action is a 'Rapid Re-Light' process, which will affect repairs to boilers and furnaces immediately so that people can feel safe and warm in their homes.

We have learned that a licensed plumber can repair a boiler or furnace in about three hours, whereby it takes 3-4 days for the safe replacement of a heating unit under modern safety code standards. The Rapid Re-light process will get the heat and hot water turned back on safety, under the watchful eye of local inspectors.

I emphasize that ALL boilers, furnaces, hot water headers, dryers, and gas stoves will be replaced with new units in the coming months. However, we must do something in the interim to ensure the health and safety of our residents, who have been without heat and hot water for more than five weeks now.

I am pleased that Columbia Gas/NiSource has dramatically increased the number of plumbers it has under contract. The ramp-up of staffing and Rapid Re-light process will ensure that many residents will still have gas service restored by the original target date in November. We also expect new stoves and dryers to be installed by mid-December.

To reiterate, I expect the "house ready" process to be completed between December 2 and December 16. This means that hot water heaters, stoves and dryers will be replaced and boilers and furnaces will be safely repaired or replaced with those being repaired eventually being replaced beginning in the spring. Based on today’s announcement, it is the expectation that heat and gas will be restored in advance of December 2 as a result of the Rapid Re-light process.

Today's news no doubt leaves many people frustrated and adds many new questions to an already complex crisis. I share in your frustration, and it is my job to ask the vital questions every day until everyone has answers.

This is an unprecedented crisis. Andover's town officials will remain at the table every day until every pipe, meter and appliance is fixed; every driveway, lawn and street repaired; and every home and business made whole again. The people of the Merrimack Valley are victims who did nothing but pay their gas bills and put their faith and trust in a utility company.

I am pleased to report that the gas main replacement project is nearly completed and will beat the Nov. 19 goal by nearly three and a half weeks. The construction crews are to be commended for their hard work. But now we must turn all efforts toward making the necessary repairs and complete the needed installations that will restore normalcy to the people who depend on those gas mains every day."

Click here to download an original transcript of a statement given earlier today by the leaders of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.


UPDATE 6:15 PM, October 25

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


Columbia Gas Open House and Public Forums

Columbia Gas will be hosting open houses in Andover, Lawrence, and North Andover on Saturday, October 27th from 1 pm - 4 pm. The sessions will include a question and answer forum with NiSource and Columbia Gas executives and information stations for those with questions about the recovery and restoration process. Topics will include alternate housing solutions, claims, appliance installations, home and business re-lights, construction energy efficiency, gas safety, and billing. 

The Andover Open House will take place at Doherty Middle School from 1 pm - 4 pm. View the *UPDATED* open house flyer


Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief - Last Day to File for Stipend is November 5, 2018

Essex County Community Foundation announced today that the application deadline for support from its Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund is November 5, 2018

All eligible residents and businesses impacted by the September 3 Columbia Gas fires in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover must file an application by that date to ensure they receive the current $550 stipend gift – and any future gift – being granted by the Fund. If you lost gas service as a result of the crisis, and it was not restored by October 1, you may be eligible to apply. To apply online visit: www.gldrf.org


Claims Center Location Change 

Beginning on Monday, October 22, 2018, the Andover Claims Center located at Old Town Hall will move to 45 Main Street, Andover (the former location of Greater Boston Running Company). The Claims Center is open Monday through Friday, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

Additionally, the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund will be transitioning to new locations: the Andover/North Andover YMCA, Monday through Friday, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm; and the Lawrence Senior Center, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and Friday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.


“Back to Business”

Columbia Gas has developed an integrated process to quickly restore business customers. The “Back-to-Business” initiative will assign a project manager to each business owner who will be responsible for addressing the businesses’ unique needs in order to make the business ready to receive natural gas. The project managers will proactively reach out to business owners to introduce themselves and will begin visiting businesses in the coming days.

Back to Business Centers

Under the direction of each project manager will be a fully integrated team including claims adjusters, plumbers, laborers and electricians to quickly restore business customers.

The “Back-to-Business” initiative’s integrated teams will work out of three business centers, located in each of the affected communities.  These centers will serve as the operation center for construction operations managers, claims representatives and linguists, and will work to build customized plans for each business based on their assessed needs.  While business owners will be hearing from their project manager proactively, these centers are open to the public should business owners choose to visit them during the claims and recovery process.

The locations of the “Back-to-Business” Centers, which will be open beginning Thursday, October 18 at noon, are:

•            439 South Union Street, Lawrence, MA: Construction Operations Manager Derrick Seitz

•            45 Main Street, Andover, MA: Construction Operations Manager Jeff McCaples

•            115 South Main Street, North Andover, MA: Construction Operations Manager Charlie Romano

Starting on Thursday, October 18, the centers will be open from Tuesday to Friday from 12pm to 8pm and Saturdays from 8am to 2pm.


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


Alternative Housing 

Impacted Columbia Gas customers who choose to be placed in alternative housing while their homes are without gas should call Columbia Gas’ Claims line: 800-590-5571.

Transportation arrangements will be provided for residents staying in hotels and apartments who do not have their own means of transportation.

With temperatures beginning to drop on a more consistent basis, a congregate shelter has been established for those in need. It is capable of hosting up to 1,000 people and will have hot meals available. The shelter is located at 46 Stafford St., Lawrence.

The congregate shelter has been established as a warming center with showers, and can accommodate residents for short-term overnight stays.


Halloween

Official hours for Trick-or-Treating are 5-7 p.m. on October 31, 2018. All safety precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of the children and families out walking on Halloween.

With a sharp increase in foot traffic, motorists are urged to exercise extreme caution on Halloween. Speeding and traffic regulations will be vigorously enforced. The Andover Police Department will have increased patrols in town all evening to help ensure safety.


UPDATE 5:15 PM, October 24

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


Columbia Gas Open House and Public Forums

Columbia Gas will be hosting open houses in Andover, Lawrence, and North Andover on Saturday, October 27th from 1 pm - 4 pm. The sessions will include a question and answer forum with NiSource and Columbia Gas executives and information stations for those with questions about the recovery and restoration process. Topics will include alternate housing solutions, claims, appliance installations, home and business re-lights, construction energy efficiency, gas safety, and billing. 

The Andover Open House will take place at Doherty Middle School from 1 pm - 4 pm. View the open house flyer


Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief - Last Day to File for Stipend is November 5, 2018

Essex County Community Foundation announced today that the application deadline for support from its Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund is November 5, 2018

All eligible residents and businesses impacted by the September 3 Columbia Gas fires in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover must file an application by that date to ensure they receive the current $550 stipend gift – and any future gift – being granted by the Fund. If you lost gas service as a result of the crisis, and it was not restored by October 1, you may be eligible to apply. To apply online visit: www.gldrf.org


Claims Center Location Change 

Beginning on Monday, October 22, 2018, the Andover Claims Center located at Old Town Hall will move to 45 Main Street, Andover (the former location of Greater Boston Running Company). The Claims Center is open Monday through Friday, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

Additionally, the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund will be transitioning to new locations: the Andover/North Andover YMCA, Monday through Friday, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm; and the Lawrence Senior Center, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and Friday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.


“Back to Business”

Columbia Gas has developed an integrated process to quickly restore business customers. The “Back-to-Business” initiative will assign a project manager to each business owner who will be responsible for addressing the businesses’ unique needs in order to make the business ready to receive natural gas. The project managers will proactively reach out to business owners to introduce themselves and will begin visiting businesses in the coming days.

Back to Business Centers

Under the direction of each project manager will be a fully integrated team including claims adjustors, plumbers, laborers and electricians to quickly restore business customers.

The “Back-to-Business” initiative’s integrated teams will work out of three business centers, located in each of the affected communities.  These centers will serve as the operation center for construction operations managers, claims representatives and linguists, and will work to build customized plans for each business based on their assessed needs.  While business owners will be hearing from their project manager proactively, these centers are open to the public should business owners choose to visit them during the claims and recovery process.

The locations of the “Back-to-Business” Centers, which will be open beginning Thursday, October 18 at noon, are:

•            439 South Union Street, Lawrence, MA: Construction Operations Manager Derrick Seitz

•            45 Main Street, Andover, MA: Construction Operations Manager Jeff McCaples

•            115 South Main Street, North Andover, MA: Construction Operations Manager Charlie Romano

Starting on Thursday, October 18, the centers will be open from Tuesday to Friday from 12pm to 8pm and Saturdays from 8am to 2pm.


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


Alternative Housing 

Impacted Columbia Gas customers who choose to be placed in alternative housing while their homes are without gas should call Columbia Gas’ Claims line: 800-590-5571.

Transportation arrangements will be provided for residents staying in hotels and apartments who do not have their own means of transportation.

With temperatures beginning to drop on a more consistent basis, a congregate shelter has been established for those in need. It is capable of hosting up to 1,000 people and will have hot meals available. The shelter is located at 46 Stafford St., Lawrence.

The congregate shelter has been established as a warming center with showers, and can accommodate residents for short-term overnight stays.


Halloween

Official hours for Trick-or-Treating are 5-7 p.m. on October 31, 2018. All safety precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of the children and families out walking on Halloween.

With a sharp increase in foot traffic, motorists are urged to exercise extreme caution on Halloween. Speeding and traffic regulations will be vigorously enforced. The Andover Police Department will have increased patrols in town all evening to help ensure safety.


UPDATE 5:15 PM, October 23

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


Columbia Gas Open House and Public Forums

Columbia Gas will be hosting open houses in Andover, Lawrence, and North Andover on Saturday, October 27th from 1 pm - 4 pm. The sessions will include a question and answer forum with NiSource and Columbia Gas executives and information stations for those with questions about the recovery and restoration process. Topics will include alternate housing solutions, claims, appliance installations, home and business re-lights, construction energy efficiency, gas safety, and billing. 

The Andover Open House will take place at Doherty Middle School from 1 pm - 4 pm. View the open house flyer


Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief - Last Day to File for Stipend is November 5, 2018

Essex County Community Foundation announced today that the application deadline for support from its Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund is November 5, 2018

All eligible residents and businesses impacted by the September 3 Columbia Gas fires in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover must file an application by that date to ensure they receive the current $550 stipend gift – and any future gift – being granted by the Fund. If you lost gas service as a result of the crisis, and it was not restored by October 1, you may be eligible to apply. To apply online visit: www.gldrf.org


Claims Center Location Change 

Beginning on Monday, October 22, 2018, the Andover Claims Center located at Old Town Hall will move to 45 Main Street, Andover (the former location of Greater Boston Running Company). The Claims Center is open Monday through Friday, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

Additionally, the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund will be transitioning to new locations: the Andover/North Andover YMCA, Monday through Friday, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm; and the Lawrence Senior Center, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and Friday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.


“Back to Business”

Columbia Gas has developed an integrated process to quickly restore business customers. The “Back-to-Business” initiative will assign a project manager to each business owner who will be responsible for addressing the businesses’ unique needs in order to make the business ready to receive natural gas. The project managers will proactively reach out to business owners to introduce themselves and will begin visiting businesses in the coming days.

Back to Business Centers

Under the direction of each project manager will be a fully integrated team including claims adjustors, plumbers, laborers and electricians to quickly restore business customers.

The “Back-to-Business” initiative’s integrated teams will work out of three business centers, located in each of the affected communities.  These centers will serve as the operation center for construction operations managers, claims representatives and linguists, and will work to build customized plans for each business based on their assessed needs.  While business owners will be hearing from their project manager proactively, these centers are open to the public should business owners choose to visit them during the claims and recovery process.

The locations of the “Back-to-Business” Centers, which will be open beginning Thursday, October 18 at noon, are:

•            439 South Union Street, Lawrence, MA: Construction Operations Manager Derrick Seitz

•            45 Main Street, Andover, MA: Construction Operations Manager Jeff McCaples

•            115 South Main Street, North Andover, MA: Construction Operations Manager Charlie Romano

Starting on Thursday, October 18, the centers will be open from Tuesday to Friday from 12pm to 8pm and Saturdays from 8am to 2pm.


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


Alternative Housing 

Impacted Columbia Gas customers who choose to be placed in alternative housing while their homes are without gas should call Columbia Gas’ Claims line: 800-590-5571.

Transportation arrangements will be provided for residents staying in hotels and apartments who do not have their own means of transportation.

With temperatures beginning to drop on a more consistent basis, a congregate shelter has been established for those in need. It is capable of hosting up to 1,000 people and will have hot meals available. The shelter is located at 46 Stafford St., Lawrence.

The congregate shelter has been established as a warming center with showers, and can accommodate residents for short-term overnight stays.


Halloween

Official hours for Trick-or-Treating are 5-7 p.m. on October 31, 2018. All safety precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of the children and families out walking on Halloween.

With a sharp increase in foot traffic, motorists are urged to exercise extreme caution on Halloween. Speeding and traffic regulations will be vigorously enforced. The Andover Police Department will have increased patrols in town all evening to help ensure safety.


UPDATE 5:00 PM, October 22

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief - Last Day to File for Stipend is November 5, 2018

Essex County Community Foundation announced today that the application deadline for support from its Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund is November 5, 2018

All eligible residents and businesses impacted by the September 3 Columbia Gas fires in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover must file an application by that date to ensure they receive the current $550 stipend gift – and any future gift – being granted by the Fund. If you lost gas service as a result of the crisis, and it was not restored by October 1, you may be eligible to apply. To apply online visit: www.gldrf.org


Claims Center Location Change 

Beginning on Monday, October 22, 2018, the Andover Claims Center located at Old Town Hall will move to 45 Main Street, Andover (the former location of Greater Boston Running Company). The Claims Center is open Monday through Friday, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

Additionally, the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund will be transitioning to new locations: the Andover/North Andover YMCA, Monday through Friday, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm; and the Lawrence Senior Center, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and Friday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.


“Back to Business”

Columbia Gas has developed an integrated process to quickly restore business customers. The “Back-to-Business” initiative will assign a project manager to each business owner who will be responsible for addressing the businesses’ unique needs in order to make the business ready to receive natural gas. The project managers will proactively reach out to business owners to introduce themselves and will begin visiting businesses in the coming days.

Back to Business Centers

Under the direction of each project manager will be a fully integrated team including claims adjustors, plumbers, laborers and electricians to quickly restore business customers.

The “Back-to-Business” initiative’s integrated teams will work out of three business centers, located in each of the affected communities.  These centers will serve as the operation center for construction operations managers, claims representatives and linguists, and will work to build customized plans for each business based on their assessed needs.  While business owners will be hearing from their project manager proactively, these centers are open to the public should business owners choose to visit them during the claims and recovery process.

The locations of the “Back-to-Business” Centers, which will be open beginning Thursday, October 18 at noon, are:

•            439 South Union Street, Lawrence, MA: Construction Operations Manager Derrick Seitz

•            45 Main Street, Andover, MA: Construction Operations Manager Jeff McCaples

•            115 South Main Street, North Andover, MA: Construction Operations Manager Charlie Romano

Starting on Thursday, October 18, the centers will be open from Tuesday to Friday from 12pm to 8pm and Saturdays from 8am to 2pm.


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


Alternative Housing 

Impacted Columbia Gas customers who choose to be placed in alternative housing while their homes are without gas should call Columbia Gas’ Claims line: 800-590-5571.

Transportation arrangements will be provided for residents staying in hotels and apartments who do not have their own means of transportation.

With temperatures beginning to drop on a more consistent basis, a congregate shelter has been established for those in need. It is capable of hosting up to 1,000 people and will have hot meals available. The shelter is located at 46 Stafford St., Lawrence.

The congregate shelter has been established as a warming center with showers, and can accommodate residents for short-term overnight stays.


Halloween

Official hours for Trick-or-Treating are 5-7 p.m. on October 31, 2018. All safety precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of the children and families out walking on Halloween.

With a sharp increase in foot traffic, motorists are urged to exercise extreme caution on Halloween. Speeding and traffic regulations will be vigorously enforced. The Andover Police Department will have increased patrols in town all evening to help ensure safety.


UPDATE 5:20 PM, October 21

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


Claims Center Location Change 

Beginning on Monday, October 22, 2018, the Andover Claims Center located at Old Town Hall will move to 45 Main Street, Andover (the former location of Greater Boston Running Company). The Claims Center is open Monday through Friday, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

Additionally, the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund will be transitioning to new locations: the Andover/North Andover YMCA, Monday through Friday, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm; and the Lawrence Senior Center, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and Friday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.


“Back to Business”

Columbia Gas has developed an integrated process to quickly restore business customers. The “Back-to-Business” initiative will assign a project manager to each business owner who will be responsible for addressing the businesses’ unique needs in order to make the business ready to receive natural gas. The project managers will proactively reach out to business owners to introduce themselves and will begin visiting businesses in the coming days.

Back to Business Centers

Under the direction of each project manager will be a fully integrated team including claims adjustors, plumbers, laborers and electricians to quickly restore business customers.

The “Back-to-Business” initiative’s integrated teams will work out of three business centers, located in each of the affected communities.  These centers will serve as the operation center for construction operations managers, claims representatives and linguists, and will work to build customized plans for each business based on their assessed needs.  While business owners will be hearing from their project manager proactively, these centers are open to the public should business owners choose to visit them during the claims and recovery process.

The locations of the “Back-to-Business” Centers, which will be open beginning Thursday, October 18 at noon, are:

•            439 South Union Street, Lawrence, MA: Construction Operations Manager Derrick Seitz

•            45 Main Street, Andover, MA: Construction Operations Manager Jeff McCaples

•            115 South Main Street, North Andover, MA: Construction Operations Manager Charlie Romano

Starting on Thursday, October 18, the centers will be open from Tuesday to Friday from 12pm to 8pm and Saturdays from 8am to 2pm.


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


Alternative Housing 

Impacted Columbia Gas customers who choose to be placed in alternative housing while their homes are without gas should call Columbia Gas’ Claims line: 800-590-5571.

Transportation arrangements will be provided for residents staying in hotels and apartments who do not have their own means of transportation.

With temperatures beginning to drop on a more consistent basis, a congregate shelter has been established for those in need. It is capable of hosting up to 1,000 people and will have hot meals available. The shelter is located at 46 Stafford St., Lawrence.

The congregate shelter has been established as a warming center with showers, and can accommodate residents for short-term overnight stays.


Halloween

Official hours for Trick-or-Treating are 5-7 p.m. on October 31, 2018. All safety precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of the children and families out walking on Halloween.

With a sharp increase in foot traffic, motorists are urged to exercise extreme caution on Halloween. Speeding and traffic regulations will be vigorously enforced. The Andover Police Department will have increased patrols in town all evening to help ensure safety.


UPDATE 5:30 PM, October 20

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


Claims Center Location Change 

Beginning on Monday, October 22, 2018, the Andover Claims Center located at Old Town Hall will move to 45 Main Street, Andover (the former location of Greater Boston Running Company). The Claims Center is open Monday through Friday, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

Additionally, the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund will be transitioning to new locations: the Andover/North Andover YMCA, Monday through Friday, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm; and the Lawrence Senior Center, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and Friday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.


Interactive Map

After reports of inconsistencies on the scheduled “re-light” date for some users, Columbia Gas has temporarily disabled the Interactive Restoration Map on its website in order to make updates . Columbia Gas is working to repair the data errors and re-launch the map.


“Back to Business”

Columbia Gas has developed an integrated process to quickly restore business customers. The “Back-to-Business” initiative will assign a project manager to each business owner who will be responsible for addressing the businesses’ unique needs in order to make the business ready to receive natural gas. The project managers will proactively reach out to business owners to introduce themselves and will begin visiting businesses in the coming days.

Back to Business Centers

Under the direction of each project manager will be a fully integrated team including claims adjustors, plumbers, laborers and electricians to quickly restore business customers.

The “Back-to-Business” initiative’s integrated teams will work out of three business centers, located in each of the affected communities.  These centers will serve as the operation center for construction operations managers, claims representatives and linguists, and will work to build customized plans for each business based on their assessed needs.  While business owners will be hearing from their project manager proactively, these centers are open to the public should business owners choose to visit them during the claims and recovery process.

The locations of the “Back-to-Business” Centers, which will be open beginning Thursday, October 18 at noon, are:

•            439 South Union Street, Lawrence, MA: Construction Operations Manager Derrick Seitz

•            45 Main Street, Andover, MA: Construction Operations Manager Jeff McCaples

•            115 South Main Street, North Andover, MA: Construction Operations Manager Charlie Romano

Starting on Thursday, October 18, the centers will be open from Tuesday to Friday from 12pm to 8pm and Saturdays from 8am to 2pm.


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


Alternative Housing 

Impacted Columbia Gas customers who choose to be placed in alternative housing while their homes are without gas should call Columbia Gas’ Claims line: 800-590-5571.

Transportation arrangements will be provided for residents staying in hotels and apartments who do not have their own means of transportation.

With temperatures beginning to drop on a more consistent basis, a congregate shelter has been established for those in need. It is capable of hosting up to 1,000 people and will have hot meals available. The shelter is located at 46 Stafford St., Lawrence.

The congregate shelter has been established as a warming center with showers, and can accommodate residents for short-term overnight stays.


Halloween

Official hours for Trick-or-Treating are 5-7 p.m. on October 31, 2018. All safety precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of the children and families out walking on Halloween.

With a sharp increase in foot traffic, motorists are urged to exercise extreme caution on Halloween. Speeding and traffic regulations will be vigorously enforced. The Andover Police Department will have increased patrols in town all evening to help ensure safety.


UPDATE 4:15 PM, October 19

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


Claims Center Location Change 

Beginning on Monday, October 22, 2018, the Andover Claims Center located at Old Town Hall will move to 45 Main Street, Andover (the former location of Greater Boston Running Company). The Claims Center is open Monday through Friday, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

Additionally, the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund will be transitioning to new locations: the Andover/North Andover YMCA, Monday through Friday, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm; and the Lawrence Senior Center, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and Friday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.


Interactive Map

After reports of inconsistencies on the scheduled “re-light” date for some users, Columbia Gas has temporarily disabled the Interactive Restoration Map on its website in order to make updates . Columbia Gas is working to repair the data errors and re-launch the map.


“Back to Business”

Columbia Gas has developed an integrated process to quickly restore business customers. The “Back-to-Business” initiative will assign a project manager to each business owner who will be responsible for addressing the businesses’ unique needs in order to make the business ready to receive natural gas. The project managers will proactively reach out to business owners to introduce themselves and will begin visiting businesses in the coming days.

Back to Business Centers

Under the direction of each project manager will be a fully integrated team including claims adjustors, plumbers, laborers and electricians to quickly restore business customers.

The “Back-to-Business” initiative’s integrated teams will work out of three business centers, located in each of the affected communities.  These centers will serve as the operation center for construction operations managers, claims representatives and linguists, and will work to build customized plans for each business based on their assessed needs.  While business owners will be hearing from their project manager proactively, these centers are open to the public should business owners choose to visit them during the claims and recovery process.

The locations of the “Back-to-Business” Centers, which will be open beginning Thursday, October 18 at noon, are:

•            439 South Union Street, Lawrence, MA: Construction Operations Manager Derrick Seitz

•            45 Main Street, Andover, MA: Construction Operations Manager Jeff McCaples

•            115 South Main Street, North Andover, MA: Construction Operations Manager Charlie Romano

Starting on Thursday, October 18, the centers will be open from Tuesday to Friday from 12pm to 8pm and Saturdays from 8am to 2pm.


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


Temporary Heating Update

Columbia Gas announced today that it no longer intends to collect temporary heating sources it had distributed to residents during the recovery process. Residents will be allowed to keep any temporary heating sources they received, but may request to have any such items removed upon completion of restoration work. 

Residents who chose to purchase their own temporary solutions for heating only may be reimbursed through the Columbia Gas claims process.

If a residential customer wishes to temporarily switch to appliances and systems that are fueled by sources other than natural gas for the duration of the service outage, and then return to natural gas-fueled appliances, Columbia Gas will reimburse them for reasonable costs associated with both the temporary solution as well as the return to natural gas-fueled appliances and systems


Alternative Housing 

As of the end of Sunday, the most recent numbers released, 571 Andover residents are currently in alternative housing, including hotels and trailers.

Impacted Columbia Gas customers who choose to be placed in alternative housing while their homes are without gas should call Columbia Gas’ Claims line: 800-590-5571.

Transportation arrangements will be provided for residents staying in hotels and apartments who do not have their own means of transportation.

With temperatures beginning to drop on a more consistent basis, a congregate shelter has been established for those in need. It is capable of hosting up to 1,000 people and will have hot meals available. The shelter is located at 46 Stafford St., Lawrence.

The congregate shelter has been established as a warming center with showers, and can accommodate residents for short-term overnight stays.


Halloween

Official hours for Trick-or-Treating are 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 31. All safety precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of the children and families out walking on Halloween.

With a sharp increase in foot traffic, motorists are urged to exercise extreme caution on Halloween. Speeding and traffic regulations will be vigorously enforced. The Andover Police Department will have increased patrols in town all evening to help ensure safety.




UPDATE 4:00 PM, October 18

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


Interactive Map

After reports of inconsistencies on the scheduled “re-light” date for some users, Columbia Gas has temporarily disabled the Interactive Restoration Map on its website in order to make updates . Columbia Gas is working to repair the data errors and re-launch the map.


“Back to Business”

Columbia Gas has developed an integrated process to quickly restore business customers. The “Back-to-Business” initiative will assign a project manager to each business owner who will be responsible for addressing the businesses’ unique needs in order to make the business ready to receive natural gas. The project managers will proactively reach out to business owners to introduce themselves and will begin visiting businesses in the coming days.

Back to Business Centers

Under the direction of each project manager will be a fully integrated team including claims adjustors, plumbers, laborers and electricians to quickly restore business customers.

The “Back-to-Business” initiative’s integrated teams will work out of three business centers, located in each of the affected communities.  These centers will serve as the operation center for construction operations managers, claims representatives and linguists, and will work to build customized plans for each business based on their assessed needs.  While business owners will be hearing from their project manager proactively, these centers are open to the public should business owners choose to visit them during the claims and recovery process.

The locations of the “Back-to-Business” Centers, which will be open beginning Thursday, October 18 at noon, are:

•            439 South Union Street, Lawrence, MA: Construction Operations Manager Derrick Seitz

•            45 Main Street, Andover, MA: Construction Operations Manager Jeff McCaples

•            115 South Main Street, North Andover, MA: Construction Operations Manager Charlie Romano

Starting on Thursday, October 18, the centers will be open from Tuesday to Friday from 12pm to 8pm and Saturdays from 8am to 2pm.


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


Temporary Heating Update

Columbia Gas announced today that it no longer intends to collect temporary heating sources it had distributed to residents during the recovery process. Residents will be allowed to keep any temporary heating sources they received, but may request to have any such items removed upon completion of restoration work. 

Residents who chose to purchase their own temporary solutions for heating only may be reimbursed through the Columbia Gas claims process.

If a residential customer wishes to temporarily switch to appliances and systems that are fueled by sources other than natural gas for the duration of the service outage, and then return to natural gas-fueled appliances, Columbia Gas will reimburse them for reasonable costs associated with both the temporary solution as well as the return to natural gas-fueled appliances and systems


Alternative Housing 

As of the end of Sunday, the most recent numbers released, 571 Andover residents are currently in alternative housing, including hotels and trailers.

Impacted Columbia Gas customers who choose to be placed in alternative housing while their homes are without gas should call Columbia Gas’ Claims line: 800-590-5571.

Transportation arrangements will be provided for residents staying in hotels and apartments who do not have their own means of transportation.

With temperatures beginning to drop on a more consistent basis, a congregate shelter has been established for those in need. It is capable of hosting up to 1,000 people and will have hot meals available. The shelter is located at 46 Stafford St., Lawrence.

The congregate shelter has been established as a warming center with showers, and can accommodate residents for short-term overnight stays.


Halloween

Official hours for Trick-or-Treating are 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 31. All safety precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of the children and families out walking on Halloween.

With a sharp increase in foot traffic, motorists are urged to exercise extreme caution on Halloween. Speeding and traffic regulations will be vigorously enforced. The Andover Police Department will have increased patrols in town all evening to help ensure safety.


Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund 

The Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund will continue to provide in-person assistance at Old Town Hall at 20 Main Street, Andover. The hours of the GLDRF at Old Town Hall for next week are below:

Monday, Oct. 15: 4-6 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 16: 4-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 17: 4-6 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 18: 4-6 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 19: 4-6 p.m.


UPDATE 5:00 PM, October 17

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


Interactive Map

After reports of inconsistencies on the scheduled “re-light” date for some users, Columbia Gas has temporarily disabled the Interactive Restoration Map on its website in order to make updates . Columbia Gas is working to repair the data errors and re-launch the map.


“Back to Business”

Columbia Gas has developed an integrated process to quickly restore business customers. The “Back-to-Business” initiative will assign a project manager to each business owner who will be responsible for addressing the businesses’ unique needs in order to make the business ready to receive natural gas. The project managers will proactively reach out to business owners to introduce themselves and will begin visiting businesses in the coming days.

Back to Business Centers

Under the direction of each project manager will be a fully integrated team including claims adjustors, plumbers, laborers and electricians to quickly restore business customers.

The “Back-to-Business” initiative’s integrated teams will work out of three business centers, located in each of the affected communities.  These centers will serve as the operation center for construction operations managers, claims representatives and linguists, and will work to build customized plans for each business based on their assessed needs.  While business owners will be hearing from their project manager proactively, these centers are open to the public should business owners choose to visit them during the claims and recovery process.

The locations of the “Back-to-Business” Centers, which will be open beginning Thursday, October 18 at noon, are:

•            439 South Union Street, Lawrence, MA: Construction Operations Manager Derrick Seitz

•            45 Main Street, Andover, MA: Construction Operations Manager Jeff McCaples

•            115 South Main Street, North Andover, MA: Construction Operations Manager Charlie Romano

Starting on Thursday, October 18, the centers will be open from Tuesday to Friday from 12pm to 8pm and Saturdays from 8am to 2pm.


To view businesses in Andover that are located in the affected and are currently open for business visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz 


Temporary Heating Update

Columbia Gas announced today that it no longer intends to collect temporary heating sources it had distributed to residents during the recovery process. Residents will be allowed to keep any temporary heating sources they received, but may request to have any such items removed upon completion of restoration work. 

Residents who chose to purchase their own temporary solutions for heating only may be reimbursed through the Columbia Gas claims process.

If a residential customer wishes to temporarily switch to appliances and systems that are fueled by sources other than natural gas for the duration of the service outage, and then return to natural gas-fueled appliances, Columbia Gas will reimburse them for reasonable costs associated with both the temporary solution as well as the return to natural gas-fueled appliances and systems


Alternative Housing 

As of the end of Sunday, the most recent numbers released, 571 Andover residents are currently in alternative housing, including hotels and trailers.

Impacted Columbia Gas customers who choose to be placed in alternative housing while their homes are without gas should call Columbia Gas’ Claims line: 800-590-5571.

Transportation arrangements will be provided for residents staying in hotels and apartments who do not have their own means of transportation.

With temperatures beginning to drop on a more consistent basis, a congregate shelter has been established for those in need. It is capable of hosting up to 1,000 people and will have hot meals available. The shelter is located at 46 Stafford St., Lawrence.

The congregate shelter has been established as a warming center with showers, and can accommodate residents for short-term overnight stays.


Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund 

The Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund will continue to provide in-person assistance at Old Town Hall at 20 Main Street, Andover. The hours of the GLDRF at Old Town Hall for next week are below:

Monday, Oct. 15: 4-6 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 16: 4-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 17: 4-6 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 18: 4-6 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 19: 4-6 p.m.


UPDATE 4:00 PM, October 16

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

View the list for Andover here: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration/house-ready/schedule#Andover


Temporary Heating Update

Columbia Gas announced today that it no longer intends to collect temporary heating sources it had distributed to residents during the recovery process. Residents will be allowed to keep any temporary heating sources they received, but may request to have any such items removed upon completion of restoration work. 

Residents who chose to purchase their own temporary solutions for heating only may be reimbursed through the Columbia Gas claims process.

If a residential customer wishes to temporarily switch to appliances and systems that are fueled by sources other than natural gas for the duration of the service outage, and then return to natural gas-fueled appliances, Columbia Gas will reimburse them for reasonable costs associated with both the temporary solution as well as the return to natural gas-fueled appliances and systems


Alternative Housing 

As of the end of Sunday, the most recent numbers released, 571 Andover residents are currently in alternative housing, including hotels and trailers.

Impacted Columbia Gas customers who choose to be placed in alternative housing while their homes are without gas should call Columbia Gas’ Claims line: 800-590-5571.

Transportation arrangements will be provided for residents staying in hotels and apartments who do not have their own means of transportation.

With temperatures beginning to drop on a more consistent basis, a congregate shelter has been established for those in need. It is capable of hosting up to 1,000 people and will have hot meals available. The shelter is located at 46 Stafford St., Lawrence.

The congregate shelter has been established as a warming center with showers, and can accommodate residents for short-term overnight stays.


Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund 

The Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund will continue to provide in-person assistance at Old Town Hall at 20 Main Street, Andover. The hours of the GLDRF at Old Town Hall for next week are below:

Monday, Oct. 15: 4-6 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 16: 4-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 17: 4-6 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 18: 4-6 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 19: 4-6 p.m.


UPDATE 5:20 PM, October 15

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan


UPDATE 5:00 PM, October 14

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

Interactive Restoration Map

Columbia Gas has launched an interactive map that tracks the progress of the restoration effort. The map will give residents and business owners a real-time look at the local recovery process in their individual neighborhoods and help the gauge when crews will be on their streets to conduct assessments.


Business Information Center

Tomorrow, there will be an announcement of a specialized information center for businesses. The Town of Andover will continue to communicate resources that are available to businesses.  


UPDATE 5:00 PM, October 13

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan


Trick or Treating

Next week, Town Manager Andrew Flanagan will meet with Andover's Public Safety officials and personnel from Columbia Gas to ensure that safety procedures are in place on all roadways during Halloween trick-or-treating. Trick-or-treating will take place from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 31. 


Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund 

The Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund will continue to provide in-person assistance at Old Town Hall at 20 Main Street, Andover. The hours of the GLDRF at Old Town Hall for next week are below:

Monday, Oct. 15: 4-6 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 16: 4-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 17: 4-6 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 18: 4-6 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 19: 4-6 p.m.


UPDATE 4:30 PM, October 12

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

Click here to download the schedule through Saturday October 13th

For the most up-to-date and additional information visit www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration 


Tax Extension for Merrimack Valley

For taxpayers affected by the recent gas explosions in Andover, North Andover, and Lawrence, the Department of Revenue recognizes that taxpayers in these areas might be unable to comply with their filing or payment due dates that occurred on or after the date of the explosions. The Department of Revenue would like to assist taxpayers as much as possible. 

Consequently, the Department will waive any penalties associated with any late-filed return or payment that was due on or after September 12th and before November 1st. The Department will waive penalties through November 15th, and will later revisit whether any further extensions should be granted. If any taxpayer in the affected areas receives a penalty for this period they should reach out to us at (617) 887-6367.


UPDATE 5:00 PM, October 11

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

Click here to download the schedule through Saturday October 13th

For the most up-to-date and additional information visit www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration 


UPDATE 6:15 PM, October 10

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan

House Ready and Assessment 72 Hour Schedule 

Columbia Gas produces a schedule for the next 72 hours where teams will be conducting assessments on gas lines as well as appliances. 

Click here to download the schedule through Saturday October 13th

For the most up-to-date and additional information visit www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration 


Insurance Forum

The Division of Insurance will host a series of information sessions on Thursday, Oct. 11 in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

As recovery efforts continue, the Division is holding these sessions to provide consumers and businesses affected by the fires and gas explosions with information on how to file disaster- related insurance claims. Division officials will also summarize the efforts taken by the Division thus far and answer questions regarding how carriers should be responding to a homeowner or business filing an insurance claim. These sessions will also include input from insurance carriers and others providing assistance at claim centers.

Each information session will conclude with a Question and Answer period. Bilingual language assistance will be available. The session in Andover will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Andover Town Offices Board of Selectmen’s Meeting Room, 36 Bartlet St.

Residents who cannot attend the morning session in Andover are also invited to attend the session at 6:30 p.m. at the Lawrence High School Performing Arts Center, 70-71 N Parish Rd, Lawrence.



UPDATE 5:15 PM, October 9

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan


Columbia Gas has today launched an interactive map that tracks the progress of the restoration effort. The map will give residents and business owners a real-time look at the local recovery process in their individual neighborhoods and help the gauge when crews will be on their streets to conduct assessments.

Also beginning today, Columbia Gas may, in some instances, begin installing replacement appliances during assessment appointments. Columbia Gas has received or ordered hundreds of water heaters, boilers, HVAC units, ranges and clothes dryers, which it will be installing free of charge.

Columbia Gas reports that 20 of the nearly 50 miles of affected pipe have been replaced as of today, and main line pipe replacements are ahead of schedule. Columbia Gas reports a total of 8,447 total gas customers are affected in the three communities.


'House Ready' and Assessment Process Updates


All gas customers will need an assessment of their homes, including gas lines and appliances. Crews wearing identification continue to fan out across neighborhoods. More than 3,100 assessments have been completed across the three communities.

There were 56 construction crews scheduled to work today, tomorrow and Thursday in Andover.

Below is the planned schedule for the following 72 hours where teams will begin work. In many cases, this process will take more than one day. Customers whose streets are listed must have someone over 18 years old at home that day for work to commence. If an adult cannot be home on that day, we will be back in your neighborhood in the following days. We will continue to try to make contact until we are able to complete your in-home work.


For additional information on this process, please visit: https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/restoration

Wednesday, Oct. 10

6-34 Foster Circle

4-80 Carmel Rd

11-98 Cheever Circle

5-18 Lockway Rd

8-96 Maple Ave

1-84 Walnut Ave

3-33 Wolcott Ave

11-31 Barlett St

10-16 Post Office Ave

1-9 Punchard Ave

304 High St

42 Highland VW Ave

2-4 Turnpike St

3-8 Dumbarton St

19 Fleming Ave

4-21 Liberty St

3-44 Sterling St

4-27 Sutherland St

12-45 Haverhill St

Friday, October 12

4-24 Maple Ave

26 Filterbred


Making a home “House-Ready” requires a number of steps, and Columbia Gas and its contract partner Gilbane Reconstruction Services (GRS) are seeking to minimize the disruption to homeowners by streamlining the process and limiting the number of visits needed to a home or business to restore natural gas service. The previously announced assessment phase will now be included as part of the installation process. This entire process includes assessments, repairs, appliance installations, and safety inspections.


What happens during the House Ready Process?


There will be a series of work teams entering homes during the House Ready process. The work teams will complete as many of the below steps as possible during their visit.

ASSESSMENT: Work teams will evaluate and inventory natural gas appliances including boilers, furnaces, water heaters, ranges and/or dryers. Photos will be taken to document which natural gas appliances have been impacted. (Note: Some customers have already received an assessment. If that is the case, the teams will verify the information.)

In many cases, the teams will need to test for the presence of hazardous materials. The top priority is safety. Work teams will follow applicable regulations and guidelines, and will mitigate hazardous materials with trained professionals. This could extend the timeframe of the installation work in homes.


DISCONNECT/REMOVAL: Work teams will remove natural gas appliances including boilers, furnaces, water heaters, ranges and/or dryers. Any additional specialty natural gas appliances (i.e. fireplaces, pool heaters, gas grills, etc.) will be disconnected and disabled at this time. Specialty natural gas appliances will be subject to further repair or replacement by the property owner through the claims process at 1-800-590-5571.

RE-INSTALLATION AND RE-CONNECTION: Work teams will install new appliances and equipment in homes and reconnect them to the natural gas system. Work teams will also pressure test in-home natural gas piping to see if it is damaged. If a home or business passes the pressure test, Columbia Gas will install the natural gas furnace, or boiler, water heater, and standard range and dryer if applicable. If a home or business does not pass the pressure test, Columbia Gas will repair or replace the natural gas piping, and work teams may need to schedule a follow-up visit to complete this repair.

SAFETY INSPECTIONS: Once a home or business passes all necessary safety inspections, a green tag will be attached near the meter bar, indicating that the home or business is “House-Ready.”


In many cases, this process of repairs and safety inspections will take more than one day to complete. If the home owner does not select the standard offering of appliances, specialty orders will be installed when available and could be delayed by several weeks.


Even if customers choose to purchase and install their own appliances, work teams will still need to conduct the assessment, disconnect and remove damaged appliances, and repair in-home gas lines.

Click here to download a complete FAQ from Columbia Gas.


Andover is deploying town resources each day to support the assessment effort and assist residents.


Free Parking Downtown

Due to the construction in the downtown area, the Town of Andover will not be collecting parking fees at municipal parking lots. The Town encourages downtown visitors to park in the municipal parking lots. This includes Lot 1 (between Andover Village Square and Caffé Nero), Lot 2 (behind Old Town Hall) and Lot 3 (Park Street Village). This will be evaluated on a weekly basis.


Alternative Housing

A total of 367 Andover residents from 140 different families have been placed in Alternative housing funded by Columbia Gas as of the end of the day Sunday, according to the most recent numbers released by Columbia Gas.

The housing program, which includes hotel rooms, apartments, travel trailers, and combination warming centers and shelters, is being coordinated by Columbia Gas with support from local and state agencies and other partners. Impacted customers will be able to stay in alternative housing until service to their homes is restored.

Impacted Columbia Gas customers who choose to be placed in alternative housing should call Columbia Gas’ Claims line: 800-590-5571.

Transportation arrangements will be provided for residents staying in hotels and apartments who do not have their own means of transportation.

Housing needs will continue to be assessed throughout the recovery process and additional options will be coordinated as necessary.


Insurance Forum

The Division of Insurance will host a series of information sessions on Thursday, Oct. 11 in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

As recovery efforts continue, the Division is holding these sessions to provide consumers and businesses affected by the fires and gas explosions with information on how to file disaster- related insurance claims. Division officials will also summarize the efforts taken by the Division thus far and answer questions regarding how carriers should be responding to a homeowner or business filing an insurance claim. These sessions will also include input from insurance carriers and others providing assistance at claim centers.

Each information session will conclude with a Question and Answer period. Bilingual language assistance will be available. The session in Andover will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Andover Town Offices Board of Selectmen’s Meeting Room, 36 Bartlet St.

Residents who cannot attend the morning session in Andover are also invited to attend the session at 6:30 p.m. at the Lawrence High School Performing Arts Center, 70-71 N Parish Rd, Lawrence.


Relief Fund and Claims Center

In response to the overwhelming needs facing those impacted by the Gas Emergency, Andover, North Andover and Lawrence, Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Dan Rivera, Town Manager Andrew Flanagan and Town Manager Andrew Maylor announced the establishment of the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund to provide assistance with short- and long-term shelter and sustenance needs. The Fund is being supported by donations from Columbia Gas and generous members of the community.


Resources from the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund (GLDRF) will support household units and businesses affected by the 7,500 Columbia Gas meters on the low-pressure lines in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover who have been without gas since Sept. 13.

Online at www.GLDRF.org

Over the phone by dialing 2-1-1, for those who cannot apply online

In person for anyone in need of assistance at Andover's drop-in center.

Columbia Gas Claims Center and GLDRF Hours Next Week:

Old Town Hall – 20 Main Street, Andover
Tuesday, Oct. 9 - Noon – 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 10 - Noon – 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 11 - Noon - 8 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 12 - Noon – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 13 - 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.


While residents and businesses are encouraged to apply online, they will be notified within 3-5 business days regarding the status of their application regardless of which method they use to apply for assistance.

Small Business Loan Program

Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash, Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera, North Andover Town Manager Andrew Maylor and Andover Town Manager Flanagan late last week announced a $1 million emergency loan program for businesses impacted by the gas emergency.

The fund will offer emergency loans to eligible businesses with no payments and no interest for the first six months. For businesses that extend beyond a six month period, market rates will apply and loans will be able to be extended or restructured for multi-year term loans.

The fund opened Oct. 1, and has an expedited application and approval process, with the goal of getting all applications processed within 24 and 48 hours.

For more information visit: www.wearelawrence.org/lawrencegasresponsebusiness.


Showers for Residents

The free showers remain available for residents at Pomps Pond through at least next Friday. The showers will be open Tuesday, Oct. 9 through Friday, Oct. 12 from 4-8 p.m.


Andover Elder Services Lunch Program

Andover Elder Services is continuing its lunch program. The lunch is available for those age 60 or older for a suggested donation of $2.50 or for those under age 60 for a cost of $4.50.


Elder Services is also offering the following FREE food programs this month:

Coffee, Tea and a Daily Snack: Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Soup Nights, Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. (RSVP requested)

Regardless of age, anyone affected by the gas emergency is encouraged to reach out to Andover Elder Services at 978-623-8321 for assistance and free/discounted meals.


Programs take place at the Andover Senior Center, 30 Whittier Court.




UPDATE 7:45 AM, October 9

See the Latest Progress in Andover

Columbia Gas has released an interactive map that allows all affected residents and businesses to view the current status of their property, as well as view street by street completion dates for each phase of the restoration process (Gas Ready, House Ready, and Relight). 

Columbia Gas will update the map as work is completed or identifies any changes to schedule.

The map can be viewed at https://www.columbiagas.com/massachusetts/home 


UPDATE 6:00 PM, October 8

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan


Open Businesses in the Affected Area

The Town of Andover has created a web page that lists the businesses in the affected area that are currently open. This list will be updated in real-time as businesses re-open, please check frequently.  

To view businesses in the affected area that are open visit: www.andoverma.gov/andoverbiz


Interactive Map for Recovery Process

An interactive map of the assessment and appliance installation process will be formally launched Tuesday by Columbia Gas. The map will give residents and business owners a real-time look at the local recovery process and help gauge when crews will be on their streets to conduct assessments.


UPDATE 3:05 PM, October 7

Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan


UPDATE 4:00 PM, October 6


Columbia Gas reports that 16 miles of pipe, out of a projected 49 miles, have been replaced as of Saturday. A total of 690 service lines in Andover, North Andover, and Lawrence have been replaced. A total of 2,038 gas meters are in the affected zone in Andover.


Columbia Gas also provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.


A total of 53 construction crews are working on main line repair and installation work in Andover Saturday, with 19 expected Sunday and 53 crews expected Monday (Columbus Day) and Tuesday.


"We continue to be in constant communication with Columbia Gas as well as our state partners and neighboring municipal government leaders in Lawrence and North Andover. I am pleased that good progress is being made, and we will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that Columbia Gas lives up to its promises and that no Andover resident or business is left behind," Town Manager Flanagan said.


Assessment and Installation Operations


More than 100 electricians, assessors and other professionals are on the ground Saturday in the three communities, and the same number are expected Sunday, as detailed assessments to determine the repair and replacement needs of each gas customer are conducted. A list of streets to be assessed is updated daily by Columbia Gas at ColumbiaGasMA.com .


Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence. Click here to download the plan


House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan." Click here to download the plan


Full assessments of homes and businesses are continuing with expected completion by October 19. The installation process, driven by what’s learned during the full assessments, will align closely with the ‘Gas Ready’ construction plan scheduled to be complete by November 19.


Columbia Gas' contract partners, Gilbane Reconstruction Services, will follow a block approach to assign crews in the field, based on experience developed in their response to Hurricane Sandy. Similar to a production line, they will follow streets and blocks in a neighborhood and deploy crews to disconnect and remove damaged appliances, repair or replace in-home gas lines, and connect new appliances to make the home ‘Gas Ready’. With 63 projects across the 8 zones, there will be multiple blocks within each of the zones.


Customers will be notified by Columbia Gas when to expect installation crews to be in their block. A new interactive map will be available on Monday, Oct. 8 at ColumbiaGasMA.com, which will enable customers to check the status of projects in their neighborhood.


The path to service restoration includes three areas of work:


Making Your Home or Business ‘Gas Ready:’ Construction crews will install the main gas line on your street that brings gas into the area. Service lines will connect your home or business to the main line.


Making Your Home or Business ‘House Ready:’ Assessment teams will, if they have not already, visit your home or business to assess your natural gas appliances and piping, and review options with you. The installation process will complete repairs and connect new appliances.


Natural Gas Service Relight: To restore natural gas service to your home or business, all work inside and outside your home or business must first be completed. Once your home or business is both ‘Gas Ready’ and ‘House Ready,’ a Columbia Gas representative will visit your home or business, perform additional safety checks and restore your natural gas service.


All gas customers will need an assessment of their homes, including gas lines and appliances. Crews wearing identification continue to fan out across neighborhoods. More than 3,100 assessments have been completed across the three communities.

The assessment will include the following steps:

  1. First, the assessors will evaluate and inventory gas-fueled appliances. Specifically, representatives will evaluate the furnace or boiler for repairs and inventory for replacement of gas water heaters and all other gas-fueled appliances. Photos will be taken so that Columbia Gas can replace gas-fueled appliances with like kind and quality appliances.
  2. Second, Columbia Gas will pressure test in-home gas piping to see if it is damaged.
  3. Finally, if a resident has not yet had a space heater assessment, an assessment of the electrical capacity of the home will be performed. If the home has the electrical capacity to safely support a space heater, the assessment teams will provide one during the visit. If needed, Columbia will install smoke alarms/CO detectors.

Click here to download the complete FAQ

Click here to download a briefing packet on this process that was provided to the city and town governments from Columbia Gas.


Andover is deploying town resources each day to support the assessment effort and assist residents.


Free Parking Downtown


Due to the construction in the downtown area, the Town of Andover will not be collecting parking fees at municipal parking lots. The Town encourages downtown visitors to park in the municipal parking lots. This includes Lot 1 (between Andover Village Square and Caffé Nero), Lot 2 (behind Old Town Hall) and Lot 3 (Park Street Village). This will be evaluated on a weekly basis.


Alternative Housing


A total of 160 Andover residents have been placed in Alternative housing funded by Columbia Gas. The housing program, which includes hotel rooms, apartments, travel trailers, and combination warming centers and shelters, is being coordinated by Columbia Gas with support from local and state agencies and other partners. Impacted customers will be able to stay in alternative housing until service to their homes is restored.


Hotels and apartments are currently available. Travel trailer options will be available in the coming days, and the congregate shelter will be open on Monday, Oct. 8. Columbia Gas has announced that it aims to restore gas service, including heat and hot water, to all homes by or before Nov. 19. In addition to housing options, congregate shelter locations will be available for residents to use as an overnight option and for daytime use for hot showers and warming centers.


Impacted Columbia Gas customers who choose to be placed in alternative housing should call Columbia Gas’ Claims line: 800-590-5571.


A member of the Housing Assistance Team will gather information from the customer, including information about access and functional needs, size and family makeup, and individual and family needs. This information will be used to identify housing options for customers.


If qualified, approval of temporary housing will be provided during the call and the information will be passed to a housing assignment team who will call you with your placement.


Transportation arrangements will be provided for residents staying in hotels and apartments who do not have their own means of transportation, including Uber and Lyft rideshare services. Information will be provided to residents during the placement process.

Columbia’s Housing Assistance Claim Team will offer customers one of the available housing options:

  • Hotels: Over 3,000 hotel rooms have been reserved by Columbia Gas through mid-November for use by its customers. The participating hotels are all within approximately 30 miles of the three impacted communities.
  • Apartments: Over 150 one, two, and three bedroom apartments have been leased by Columbia Gas for use by customers. The apartments are within approximately 15 miles of the impacted communities.
  • Travel Trailers: 360 new travel trailers have been leased by Columbia Gas to be used as temporary housing for families, and will be located in each of the three communities. The trailers in Andover will be located at Recreation Park. The travel trailers are 30 feet in length and include kitchens, bathrooms with showers, and sleeping accommodations for up to 8 people. Each trailer site will have around the clock management, maintenance and security personnel. The trailer sites will be operational next week. Residents must contact Columbia Gas to coordinate housing placements, and will not be assigned to travel trailers on site.
  • Congregate Sheltering: a combination warming center and congregate shelter will be located at IndusPAD Mill, formerly Malden Mills, at 46 Stafford St. in Lawrence. Initially, the shelter will have an overnight capacity of 250 people, but it will scale up to 1,000 people if the demand increases due to cold weather. Columbia Gas customers can also visit the shelter during the daytime for hot showers, and to use as a warming center. The overnight shelter will be used to meet short-term demand due to cold weather.

Housing needs will continue to be assessed throughout the recovery process and additional options will be coordinated as necessary.

For additional information and slides, see: Greater Lawrence Housing Options

These housing alternatives, and other recovery programs, are in response to the Sept. 13 incident that impacted Columbia Gas customers in Lawrence, North Andover, and Andover, and left approximately 10,000 households without heat and hot water. The housing assistance program, which will remain in place until gas service is restored for residences, is being paid for by Columbia Gas.


Insurance Forum

The Division of Insurance will host a series of information sessions on Thursday, October 11, 2018 in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.


As recovery efforts continue, the Division is holding these sessions to provide consumers and businesses affected by the fires and gas explosions with information on how to file disaster- related insurance claims. Division officials will also summarize the efforts taken by the Division thus far and answer questions regarding how carriers should be responding to a homeowner or business filing an insurance claim. These sessions will also include input from insurance carriers and others providing assistance at claim centers.


Each information session will conclude with a Question and Answer period. Bilingual language assistance will be available. The session in Andover will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Andover Town Offices Board of Selectmen’s Meeting Room, 36 Bartlet St.

Small Business Loan Program


Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash, Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera, North Andover Town Manager Andrew Maylor and Andover Town Manager Flanagan late last week announced a $1 million emergency loan program for businesses impacted by the gas emergency.

The fund will offer emergency loans to eligible businesses with no payments and no interest for the first six months. For businesses that extend beyond a six month period, market rates will apply and loans will be able to be extended or restructured for multi-year term loans. The fund opened Oct. 1, and has an expedited application and approval process, with the goal of getting all applications processed within 24 and 48 hours.

For more information visit: www.wearelawrence.org/lawrencegasresponsebusiness.


Relief Fund and Claims Center

Columbia Gas reports that its claims center has received 19,103 calls as of Saturday morning, including more than 3,800 calls from Andover residents. Columbia has paid out $2.21 million to Andover residents and businesses thus far.


In response to the overwhelming needs facing those impacted by the Sept. 13 over-pressurization of the low pressure gas pipeline in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence, Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Dan Rivera, Town Manager Andrew Flanagan, and Town Manager Andrew Maylor announced the establishment of the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund to provide assistance with short- and long-term shelter and sustenance needs. The Fund is being supported by donations from Columbia Gas and generous members of the community.


Resources from the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund (GLDRF) will support household units and businesses affected by the 7,500 Columbia Gas meters on the low-pressure lines in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover who have been without gas since Sept. 13.

  1. Online at www.GLDRF.org (link will be live October 3, this is the fastest and easiest way to apply)
  2. Over the phone by dialing 2-1-1, for those who cannot apply online
  3. In person for anyone in need of assistance at Andover's drop-in center.

Columbia Gas Claims Center and GLDRF Hours Next Week:

Old Town Hall – 20 Main Street, Andover
Tuesday, Oct. 9 - Noon – 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 10 - Noon – 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 11 - Noon - 8 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 12 - Noon – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 13 - 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.


While residents and businesses are encouraged to apply online, they will be notified within 3-5 business days regarding the status of their application regardless of which method they use to apply for assistance.


Resources from the Fund will support the short and long-term shelter and sustenance needs of the more than 10,000 household units and businesses affected by the 7,500 Columbia Gas meters on the low-pressure lines in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover. Thousands of residents and businesses in these communities have been without gas since Sept. 13, when gas fires and explosions from over-pressurized gas lines destroyed homes and neighborhoods.


Resources from the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund will support household units and businesses affected by the 7,500 Columbia Gas meters on the low-pressure lines in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover who have been without gas since Sept. 13.


Only those who have no gas, and will continue to be without service during the restoration process are eligible for assistance through the GLDRF.

If you are one of the 7,500 metered household units or businesses affected, you are invited to apply for funding by completing the form below for financial support from the Fund.


Only one application per household unit will be awarded the stipend check. The head of the household should apply. The head of household is considered the person whose name appears on the deed, mortgage, lease/rental receipts, or utility and other household bills.


Only one application per business address will be awarded the stipend check. The Fund will provide a $550 stipend check per household unit or business to those who are eligible. Volunteers are needed to support this application process and the Drop-In locations. To find out more about volunteer roles needed: Andover, North Andover or South Lawrence sites: visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/GLDRFVolunteer

 

For more information about the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund and the process to apply for financial resources, please visit www.eccf.org/GLDisasterReliefFund.


Showers for Residents


Free showers remain available for residents at Pomps Pond through at least next Friday. The showers will be open along the following schedule:

  • Saturday, Oct. 6: Noon to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 7: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 8 (Columbus Day): 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9 through Friday, Oct. 12: 4-8 p.m.

Andover Elder Services Lunch Program


Andover Elder Services is continuing its lunch program. The lunch is available for those age 60 or older for a suggested donation of $2.50 or for those under age 60 for a cost of $4.50.

Elder Services is also offering the following FREE food programs this month:

  • Coffee, Tea and a Daily Snack: Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Soup Nights, Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. (RSVP requested)

Regardless of age, anyone affected by the gas emergency is encouraged to reach out to Andover Elder Services at 978-623-8321 for assistance and free/discounted meals. Programs take place at the Andover Senior Center, 30 Whittier Court.


UPDATE, 4:30 PM, October 5


Columbia Gas Daily Briefing 

Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.

Gas Ready Construction Plan 

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the plan

House Ready Plan

Columbia Gas has released its "House Ready Plan" 

Click here to download the plan


Assessment and Construction Schedule

Nearly 13.5 miles of main line pipe have been replaced to date in the three impacted communities. Additionally, 549 service lines -- including 335 that are "gas ready" -- have been replaced in the affected area.


A total of 53 construction crews are working in Andover today, with 57 crews scheduled for Saturday.


Full assessments of homes and businesses are continuing with expected completion by October 19. The installation process, driven by what’s learned during the full assessments, will align closely with the ‘Gas Ready’ construction plan scheduled to be complete by November 19.


Columbia Gas' contract partners, Gilbane Reconstruction Services, will follow a block approach to assign crews in the field, based on experience developed in their response to Hurricane Sandy. Similar to a production line, they will follow streets and blocks in a neighborhood and deploy crews to disconnect and remove damaged appliances, repair or replace in-home gas lines, and connect new appliances to make the home ‘Gas Ready’.


With 63 projects across the 8 zones, there will be multiple blocks within each of the zones.

Customers will be notified by Columbia Gas when to expect installation crews to be in their block. A new interactive map will be available on Monday, October 8 at www.ColumbiaGasMA.com, which will enable customers to check the status of projects in their neighborhood.

Customers working through the claims process should continue to work with their claims adjuster. Additional information on claims is available on ColumbiaGasMA.com.


The path to service restoration includes three areas of work:
Making Your Home or Business ‘Gas Ready:’ Construction crews will install the main gas line on your street that brings gas into the area. Service lines will connect your home or business to the main line.
Making Your Home or Business ‘House Ready:’ Assessment teams will, if they have not already, visit your home or business to assess your natural gas appliances and piping, and review options with you. The installation process will complete repairs and connect new appliances.
Natural Gas Service Relight: To restore natural gas service to your home or business, all work inside and outside your home or business must first be completed. Once your home or business is both ‘Gas Ready’ and ‘House Ready,’ a Columbia Gas representative will visit your home or business, perform additional safety checks and restore your natural gas service.


All gas customers will need an assessment of their homes, including gas lines and appliances. Crews wearing identification continue to fan out across neighborhoods. More than 2,100 assessments have been completed across the three communities, representing about one-third of the assessment work needed in Andover, North Andover, and Lawrence to date.


The following streets are scheduled for assessments today, Oct. 5:

Chickering Court

Flint Circle

Harding Street

Hartigan Court

Temple Place

Walnut Avenue

For the most up to date information from Columbia Gas on the streets where assessment teams will be deployed, click here.


The assessment will include the following steps:

First, the assessors will evaluate and inventory gas-fueled appliances. Specifically, representatives will evaluate the furnace or boiler for repairs and inventory for replacement of gas water heaters and all other gas-fueled appliances. Photos will be taken so that Columbia Gas can replace gas-fueled appliances with like kind and quality appliances.

Second, Columbia Gas will pressure test in-home gas piping to see if it is damaged.

Finally, if a resident has not yet had a space heater assessment, an assessment of the electrical capacity of the home will be performed. If the home has the electrical capacity to safely support a space heater, the assessment teams will provide one during the visit. If needed, Columbia will install smoke alarms/CO detectors.

Click here to download the complete FAQ


Andover is deploying town resources each day to support the assessment effort and assist residents.


Free Parking Downtown

Due to the construction in the downtown area, the Town of Andover will not be collecting parking fees at municipal parking lots. The Town encourages downtown visitors to park in the municipal parking lots. This includes Lot 1 (between Andover Village Square and Caffé Nero), Lot 2 (behind Old Town Hall) and Lot 3 (Park Street Village). This will be evaluated on a weekly basis.


Insurance Forum

The Division of Insurance will host a series of information sessions on Thursday, October 11, 2018 in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.


As recovery efforts continue, the Division is holding these sessions to provide consumers and businesses affected by the fires and gas explosions with information on how to file disaster- related insurance claims. Division officials will also summarize the efforts taken by the Division thus far and answer questions regarding how carriers should be responding to a homeowner or business filing an insurance claim. These sessions will also include input from insurance carriers and others providing assistance at claim centers.


Each information session will conclude with a Question and Answer period. Bilingual language assistance will be available. The session in Andover will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Andover Town Offices Board of Selectmen’s Meeting Room, 36 Bartlet St.


Alternative Housing

The housing program, which includes hotel rooms, apartments, travel trailers, and combination warming centers and shelters, is being coordinated by Columbia Gas with support from local and state agencies and other partners. Impacted customers will be able to stay in alternative housing until service to their homes is restored.


For customers calling today (Oct. 5), hotels and apartments are available. Travel trailer options will be available in the coming days, and the congregate shelter will be open on Monday, Oct. 8. Columbia Gas has announced that it aims to restore gas service, including heat and hot water, to all homes by Nov. 19. In addition to housing options, congregate shelter locations will be available for residents to use as an overnight option and for daytime use for hot showers and warming centers.


Impacted Columbia Gas customers who choose to be placed in alternative housing should call Columbia Gas’ Claims line: 1-800-590-5571.


A member of the Housing Assistance Team will gather information from the customer, including information about access and functional needs, size and family makeup, and individual and family needs. This information will be used to identify housing options for customers.


If qualified, approval of temporary housing will be provided during the call and the information will be passed to a housing assignment team who will call you with your placement.


Transportation arrangements will be provided for residents staying in hotels and apartments who do not have their own means of transportation, including Uber and Lyft rideshare services. Information will be provided to residents during the placement process.


Columbia’s Housing Assistance Claim Team will offer customers one of the available housing options:

Hotels–Over 3,000 hotel rooms have been reserved by Columbia Gas through mid-November for use by its customers. The participating hotels are all within approximately 30 miles of the three impacted communities. Transportation arrangements will be provided for residents who do not have their own means of transportation, including Uber and Lyft rideshare services.


Apartments – Over 150 one, two, and three bedroom apartments have been leased by Columbia Gas for use by customers. The apartments are within approximately 15 miles of the impacted communities. Transportation arrangements will be provided for residents who do not have their own means of transportation, including Uber and Lyft rideshare services.


Travel Trailers – 360 new travel trailers have been leased by Columbia Gas to be used as temporary housing for families, and will be located in each of the three communities. The trailers in Andover will be located at Recreation Park. The travel trailers are 30 feet in length and include kitchens, bathrooms with showers, and sleeping accommodations for up to 8 people. Each trailer site will have around the clock management, maintenance and security personnel. The trailer sites will be operational next week. Residents must contact Columbia Gas to coordinate housing placements, and will not be assigned to travel trailers on site.


Congregate Sheltering – a combination warming center and congregate shelter will be located at IndusPAD Mill, formerly Malden Mills, at 46 Stafford St. in Lawrence. Initially, the shelter will have an overnight capacity of 250 people, but it will scale up to 1,000 people if the demand increases due to cold weather. Columbia Gas customers can also visit the shelter during the daytime for hot showers, and to use as a warming center. The overnight shelter will be used to meet short-term demand due to cold weather.

Housing needs will continue to be assessed throughout the recovery process and additional options will be coordinated as necessary.


For additional information and slides, see: Greater Lawrence Housing Options


These housing alternatives, and other recovery programs, are in response to the Sept. 13 incident that impacted Columbia Gas customers in Lawrence, North Andover, and Andover, and left approximately 10,000 households without heat and hot water. The housing assistance program, which will remain in place until gas service is restored for residences, is being paid for by Columbia Gas.


Small Business Loan Program

Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash, Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera, North Andover Town Manager Andrew Maylor and Andover Town Manager Flanagan late last week announced a $1 million emergency loan program for businesses impacted by the gas emergency.


The fund will offer emergency loans to eligible businesses with no payments and no interest for the first six months. For businesses that extend beyond a six month period, market rates will apply and loans will be able to be extended or restructured for multi-year term loans.


The fund opened Oct. 1, and has an expedited application and approval process, with the goal of getting all applications processed within 24 and 48 hours.


For more information visit: www.wearelawrence.org/lawrencegasresponsebusiness.


Relief Fund and Claims Center

In response to the overwhelming needs facing those impacted by the Sept. 13 over-pressurization of the low pressure gas pipeline in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence, Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Dan Rivera, Town Manager Andrew Flanagan, and Town Manager Andrew Maylor announced the establishment of the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund to provide assistance with short- and long-term shelter and sustenance needs. The Fund is being supported by donations from Columbia Gas and generous members of the community.


Resources from the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund (GLDRF) will support household units and businesses affected by the 7,500 Columbia Gas meters on the low-pressure lines in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover who have been without gas since Sept. 13.

  • Online at www.GLDRF.org (link will be live October 3, this is the fastest and easiest way to apply)
  • Over the phone by dialing 2-1-1, for those who cannot apply online
  • In person for anyone in need of assistance at Andover's drop-in center.

Columbia Gas Claims Center and GLDRF Hours Next Week:

Old Town Hall – 20 Main Street, Andover
Tuesday, Oct. 9 - Noon – 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 10 - Noon – 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 11 - Noon - 8 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 12 - Noon – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 13 - 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.


While residents and businesses are encouraged to apply online, they will be notified within 3-5 business days regarding the status of their application regardless of which method they use to apply for assistance.


Resources from the Fund will support the short and long-term shelter and sustenance needs of the more than 10,000 household units and businesses affected by the 7,500 Columbia Gas meters on the low-pressure lines in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover. Thousands of residents and businesses in these communities have been without gas since Sept. 13, when gas fires and explosions from over-pressurized gas lines destroyed homes and neighborhoods.


Resources from the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund will support household units and businesses affected by the 7,500 Columbia Gas meters on the low-pressure lines in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover who have been without gas since Sept. 13.


Only those who have no gas, and will continue to be without service during the restoration process are eligible for assistance through the GLDRF.


If you are one of the 7,500 metered household units or businesses affected, you are invited to apply for funding by completing the form below for financial support from the Fund.


Only one application per household unit will be awarded the stipend check. The head of the household should apply. The head of household is considered the person whose name appears on the deed, mortgage, lease/rental receipts, or utility and other household bills.


Only one application per business address will be awarded the stipend check.

The Fund will provide a $550 stipend check per household unit or business to those who are eligible.

For more information about the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund and the process to apply for financial resources, please visit www.eccf.org/GLDisasterReliefFund.


Showers for Residents

Free showers remain available for residents at Pomps Pond through at least next Friday. The showers will be open along the following schedule:

Saturday, Oct. 6: Noon to 4 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 7: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 8 (Columbus Day): 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 9 through Friday, Oct. 12: 4-8 p.m.


Andover Elder Services Lunch Program

Andover Elder Services is continuing its lunch program. The lunch is available for those age 60 or older for a suggested donation of $2.50 or for those under age 60 for a cost of $4.50.


Elder Services is also offering the following FREE food programs this month:

Coffee, Tea and a Daily Snack: Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Soup Nights, Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. (RSVP requested)

Regardless of age, anyone affected by the gas emergency is encouraged to reach out to Andover Elder Services at 978-623-8321 for assistance and free/discounted meals.


Programs take place at the Andover Senior Center, 30 Whittier Court.


UPDATE, 12:30 PM, October 5


Columbia Gas provides a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to read today's briefing.


Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the entire report


Alternative Housing

The Baker-Polito Administration, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, Mayor Rivera, Town Managers Maylor and Flanagan and Columbia Gas today announced that alternative housing is being made available to customers impacted by the Sept. 13 gas line incident who choose not to stay in their homes as the weather turns colder.


The housing program, which includes hotel rooms, apartments, travel trailers, and combination warming centers and shelters, is being coordinated by Columbia Gas with support from local and state agencies and other partners. Impacted customers will be able to stay in alternative housing until service to their homes is restored.


For customers calling today (October. 5), hotels and apartments are available. Travel trailer options will be available in the coming days, and the congregate shelter will be open on Monday, October  8th. Columbia Gas has announced that it aims to restore gas service, including heat and hot water, to all homes by Nov. 19. In addition to housing options, congregate shelter locations will be available for residents to use as an overnight option and for daytime use for hot showers and warming centers.


“We are pleased to announce housing options, especially for our most vulnerable residents, to make this recovery process a little easier and provide essential services as the days get cooler. Since tragedy struck thousands of residents in the Merrimack Valley leaving them without heat and hot water in their homes, the team has been working around the clock to make repairs and offer services,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our administration will keep working to ease the frustration and obstacles brought to families and businesses until the restoration in complete.”


“We are going to continue to work to provide the necessary resources to help our residents through the recovery and restoration process,” said Andover Town Manager Andrew Flanagan. “Housing alternatives will be critical as the weather gets colder and I am pleased that we have been able to mobilize an inventory of options that will be available to our residents and families that have been affected and are in need.


Eligibility

All residents in the impacted area currently without gas service are eligible for housing support until their natural gas service in their home is restored.


For customers calling today (October 5), hotels and apartments are available. Travel trailers options will be available in the coming days. The congregate shelter will be open on Monday, October 8th.


Columbia Gas will be proactively reaching out, beginning October 8th, to its most vulnerable customers, including the elderly, families with young children, and people who have access and functional needs or medical conditions, and to residents whose homes will not have their gas service restored until after November 1st to assess their needs and offer to facilitate alternative housing assignments.


Housing Alternatives

Impacted Columbia Gas customers who choose to be placed in alternative housing should call Columbia Gas’ Claims line: 1-800-590-5571.

A member of the Housing Assistance Team will gather information from the customer, including information about access and functional needs, size and family makeup, and individual and family needs. This information will be used to identify housing options for customers.


If qualified, approval of temporary housing will be provided during the call and the information will be passed to a housing assignment team who will call you with your placement.


Transportation arrangements will be provided for residents staying in hotels and apartments who do not have their own means of transportation, including Uber and Lyft rideshare services. Information will be provided to residents during the placement process.


Columbia’s Housing Assistance Claim Team will offer customers one of the available housing options:


Hotels–Over 3,000 hotel rooms have been reserved by Columbia Gas through mid-November for use by its customers. The participating hotels are all within approximately 30 miles of the three impacted communities. Transportation arrangements will be provided for residents who do not have their own means of transportation, including Uber and Lyft rideshare services.


Apartments – Over 150 one, two, and three bedroom apartments have been leased by Columbia Gas for use by customers. The apartments are within approximately 15 miles of the impacted communities. Transportation arrangements will be provided for residents who do not have their own means of transportation, including Uber and Lyft rideshare services.


Travel Trailers – 360 new travel trailers have been leased by Columbia Gas to be used as temporary housing for families, and will be located in each of the three communities. The trailers in Andover will be located at Recreation Park. The travel trailers are 30’ in length and include kitchens, bathrooms with showers, and sleeping accommodations for up to 8 people. Each trailer site will have around the clock management, maintenance and security personnel. The trailer sites will be operational next week. Residents must contact Columbia Gas to coordinate housing placements, and will not be assigned to travel trailers on site.


Congregate Sheltering – a combination warming center and congregate shelter will be located at IndusPAD Mill, formerly Malden Mills, at 46 Stafford St. in Lawrence. Initially, the shelter will have an overnight capacity of 250 people, but it will scale up to 1,000 people if the demand increases due to cold weather. Columbia Gas customers can also visit the shelter during the daytime for hot showers, and to use as a warming center. The overnight shelter will be used to meet short-term demand due to cold weather.


Housing needs will continue to be assessed throughout the recovery process and additional options will be coordinated as necessary.


For additional information and slides, see: Greater Lawrence Housing Options


UPDATE, 2:40 PM, October 4 

Columbia Gas has provided a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process.Click here to download the most recent briefing.

Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the entire report


Free Parking Downtown

Due to the construction in the downtown area, the Town of Andover will not be collecting parking fees at municipal parking lots. The Town encourages downtown visitors to park in the municipal parking lots. This includes Lot 1 (between Andover Village Square and Caffé Nero), Lot 2 (behind Old Town Hall) and Lot 3 (Park Street Village). This will be evaluated on a weekly basis.


UPDATE 2:00 PM, October 3

Columbia Gas has acknowledged technical issues with their automated call systems intended to alert customers about assessment appointments. The issues were related to software systems. Columbia Gas has reported that those issues have been identified and mitigated. The town is actively working with Columbia Gas to ensure that their call systems are reliable and accurate. Residents who have received calls may receive another call about an assessment.

In order for gas service to be restored, homes must be both house ready, with assessments done and in-home repairs complete, and gas ready, with main gas lines and home service lines replaced, and new meters installed.


Columbia Gas has provided a daily briefing that summarizes the restoration process. Click here to download the most recent briefing. 


Columbia Gas has released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the entire report


Emergency Alert System Test

The Town of Andover seeks to remind all residents that the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018.

The Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) portion of the test will be sent to virtually all consumer cellular phones in the U.S. beginning at 2:18 p.m. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) test will follow on all television and radio stations at 2:20 p.m. This is the first time the federal government has tested the WEA.


Relief Fund

The Essex County Community Foundation announced today that the application process will open on Wednesday, Oct. 3 for residents and businesses seeking funding and services from the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund.

The Fund –– established by Governor Charlie Baker, Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera, and Andover and North Andover Town Managers Andrew Flanagan and Andrew Maylor on Sept. 18 –– was opened with a $10 million contribution from Columbia Gas and fundraising efforts continue by ECCF. Donations raised by ECCF’s Lawrence Emergency Fund are being combined towards this humanitarian relief effort. One hundred percent of these funds, currently over $10.85 million, will support the relief efforts and those who have been directly affected by this tragedy.

Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 3, the application process for the Fund’s financial resources will be open and those in the impacted area may apply in three ways, all of which are available in both English and Spanish:

  • Online at www.GLDRF.org (link will be live October 3, this is the fastest and easiest way to apply)
  • Over the phone by dialing 2-1-1, for those who cannot apply online
  • In person for anyone in need of assistance at Andover's drop-in center.

Schedule for Greater Lawrence Disaster Fund drop-in center at Old Town Hall – 20 Main Street, Andover 
Wednesday, Oct. 3 – Noon – 8:00pm
Thursday, Oct. 4 - Noon – 8:00pm
Friday, Oct. 5 - Noon – 8:00pm
Saturday, Oct. 6 - 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 7 - Closed
Monday, Oct. 8 - Closed
Tuesday, Oct. 9 - Noon – 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 10 - Noon – 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 11 - Noon - 8 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 12 - Noon – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 13 - 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

While residents and businesses are encouraged to apply online, they will be notified within 3-5 business days regarding the status of their application regardless of which method they use to apply for assistance.

Resources from the Fund will support the short and long-term shelter and sustenance needs of the more than 10,000 household units and businesses affected by the 7,500 Columbia Gas meters on the low-pressure lines in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover. Thousands of residents and businesses in these communities have been without gas since Sept. 13, when gas fires and explosions from over-pressurized gas lines destroyed homes and neighborhoods.


Resources from the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund will support household units and businesses affected by the 7,500 Columbia Gas meters on the low-pressure lines in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover who have been without gas since Sept. 13. Only those who have no gas, and will continue to be without service during the restoration process are eligible for assistance through the GLDRF.

If you are one of the 7,500 metered household units or businesses affected, you are invited to apply for funding by completing the form below for financial support from the Fund.

Only one application per household unit will be awarded the stipend check. The head of the household should apply. The head of household is considered the person whose name appears on the deed, mortgage, lease/rental receipts, or utility and other household bills.
Only one application per business address will be awarded the stipend check.

The Fund will provide a $550 stipend check per household unit or business to those who are eligible.

Volunteers are needed to support this application process and the Drop-In locations. To find out more about volunteer roles needed:

Andover, North Andover or South Lawrence sites: visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/GLDRFVolunteer

For more information about the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund and the process to apply for financial resources, please visit www.eccf.org/GLDisasterReliefFund.


Assessment Process

All gas customers will need an assessment of their homes, including gas lines and appliances. Crews wearing identification continue to fan out across neighborhoods. More than 1,800 assessments have been completed across the three communities, representing about one-third of the assessment work needed in Andover, North Andover, and Lawrence to date.


The following streets are scheduled for assessments today:

Baker Lane

Beech Circle

Cassimere Street

Cuba Street

Essex Street

Moraine Street

Railroad Street

Red Spring Road

Ridge Street

School Street

Shawsheen Road

Smithshire Estate

Stevens Street

For the most up to date information from Columbia Gas on the streets where assessment teams will be deployed, click here.


The assessment will include the following steps:

First, the assessors will evaluate and inventory gas-fueled appliances. Specifically, representatives will evaluate the furnace or boiler for repairs and inventory for replacement of gas water heaters and all other gas-fueled appliances. Photos will be taken so that Columbia Gas can replace gas-fueled appliances with like kind and quality appliances.

Second, Columbia Gas will pressure test in-home gas piping to see if it is damaged.

Finally, if a resident has not yet had a space heat assessment, an assessment of the electrical capacity of the home will be performed. If the home has the electrical capacity to safely support a space heater, the assessment teams will provide one during the visit. If needed, Columbia will install smoke alarms/CO detectors.

Click here to download the complete FAQ


Andover is deploying town resources each day to support the assessment effort and assist residents.


Construction Schedule

No gas venting is taking place in Andover today.

Columbia Gas has provided the Town of Andover with a construction schedule that outlines when gas line repair work will occur, with the goal of making streets and homes "gas ready."

In order for gas service to be restored, homes must be both house ready, with assessments done and in-home repairs complete, and gas ready, with main gas lines and home service lines replaced, and new meters installed.

The preliminary maps found here indicate the timeline for when work will begin to make streets gas ready. These maps are subject to change.


Andover Elder Services Lunch Program

Andover Elder Services is continuing its lunch program. The lunch is available for those age 60 or older for a suggested donation of $2.50 or for those under age 60 for a cost of $4.50.

Elder Services is also offering the following FREE food programs this month:

Coffee, Tea and a Daily Snack: Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Soup Nights, Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. (RSVP requested)

Regardless of age, anyone affected by the gas emergency is encouraged to reach out to Andover Elder Services at 978-623-8320 for assistance and free/discounted meals.

Programs take place at the Andover Senior Center, 30 Whittier Court.



UPDATE 12:00 PM, October 2

In order for gas service to be restored, homes must be both house ready, with assessments done and in-home repairs complete, and gas ready, with main gas lines and home service lines replaced, and new meters installed.

Columbia Gas has today released its "Gas Ready Construction Plan" detailing plans and offering schedules for the restoration of service to thousands of affected gas customers in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

Click here to download the entire report as a PDF file.

A total of 2,038 gas meters are in the affected zone in Andover. Columbia Gas reports that 43 construction crews are working in Andover today.

Assessment Process

All gas customers will need an assessment of their homes, including gas lines and appliances. Crews wearing identification continue to fan out across neighborhoods. More than 1,800 assessments have been completed across the three communities, representing about one-third of the assessment work needed in Andover, North Andover, and Lawrence to date.

The following streets are scheduled for assessments today:

Argyle Street

Arundel Street

Balmoral Street

Burnham Road

Carisbrooke Street

Castle Heights Road

Celia Street

Enmore Street

Haverhill Street

Joyce Terrace

Juliette Street

Linwood Street

McKenney Circle

N. Main Street

Topping Road

Walker Avenue

York Street

For the most up to date information from Columbia Gas on the streets where assessment teams will be deployed, click here.


The assessment will include the following steps:

First, the assessors will evaluate and inventory gas-fueled appliances. Specifically, representatives will evaluate the furnace or boiler for repairs and inventory for replacement of gas water heaters and all other gas-fueled appliances. Photos will be taken so that Columbia Gas can replace gas-fueled appliances with like kind and quality appliances.

Second, Columbia Gas will pressure test in-home gas piping to see if it is damaged.

Finally, if a resident has not yet had a space heat assessment, an assessment of the electrical capacity of the home will be performed. If the home has the electrical capacity to safely support a space heater, the assessment teams will provide one during the visit. If needed, Columbia will install smoke alarms/CO detectors.

Click here to download the complete FAQ

Andover is deploying town resources each day to support the assessment effort and assist residents.

Relief Fund

The Essex County Community Foundation announced today that the application process will open on Wednesday, Oct. 3 for residents and businesses seeking funding and services from the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund.

The Fund –– established by Governor Charlie Baker, Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera, and Andover and North Andover Town Managers Andrew Flanagan and Andrew Maylor on Sept. 18 –– was opened with a $10 million contribution from Columbia Gas and fundraising efforts continue by ECCF. Donations raised by ECCF’s Lawrence Emergency Fund are being combined towards this humanitarian relief effort. One hundred percent of these funds, currently over $10.85 million, will support the relief efforts and those who have been directly affected by this tragedy.

Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 3, the application process for the Fund’s financial resources will be open and those in the impacted area may apply in three ways, all of which are available in both English and Spanish:

  • Online at www.GLDRF.org (link will be live October 3, this is the fastest and easiest way to apply)
  • Over the phone by dialing 2-1-1, for those who cannot apply online
  • In person for anyone in need of assistance at Andover's drop-in center.

Schedule for Greater Lawrence Disaster Fund drop-in center at Old Town Hall – 20 Main Street, Andover 
Wednesday, Oct. 3 – Noon – 8:00pm
Thursday, Oct. 4 - Noon – 8:00pm
Friday, Oct. 5 - Noon – 8:00pm
Saturday, Oct. 6 - 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 7 - Closed
Monday, Oct. 8 - Closed
Tuesday, Oct. 9 - Noon – 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 10 - Noon – 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 11 - Noon - 8 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 12 - Noon – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 13 - 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

While residents and businesses are encouraged to apply online, they will be notified within 3-5 business days regarding the status of their application regardless of which method they use to apply for assistance.

Resources from the Fund will support the short and long-term shelter and sustenance needs of the more than 10,000 household units and businesses affected by the 7,500 Columbia Gas meters on the low-pressure lines in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover. Thousands of residents and businesses in these communities have been without gas since Sept. 13, when gas fires and explosions from over-pressurized gas lines destroyed homes and neighborhoods.

A complete restoration of gas service will be complete by Nov. 19.

Volunteers are needed to support this application process and the Drop-In locations. To find out more about volunteer roles needed:

Andover, North Andover or South Lawrence sites: visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/GLDRFVolunteer

For more information about the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund and the process to apply for financial resources, please visit www.eccf.org/GLDisasterReliefFund.

Andover Elder Services Lunch Program

Andover Elder Services is continuing its lunch program. The lunch is available for those age 60 or order for a suggested donation of $2.50 or for those under age 60 for a cost of $4.50.

Elder Services is also offering the following FREE food programs this month:

Coffee, Tea and a Daily Snack: Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Soup Nights, Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. (RSVP requested)

Regardless of age, anyone affected by the gas emergency is encouraged to reach out to Andover Elder Services at 978-623-8321 for assistance and free/discounted meals.

Programs take place at the Andover Senior Center, 30 Whittier Court.


UPDATE 8:25 PM, October 1


Gas Line Repair  - Maps of Construction Schedule

Columbia Gas has provided the Town of Andover with a construction schedule that outlines when gas line repair work will occur, with the goal of making streets and homes "gas ready."

In order for gas service to be restored, homes must be both house ready, with assessments done and in-home repairs complete, and gas ready, with main gas lines and home service lines replaced, and new meters installed.

The preliminary maps found here indicate the timeline for when work will begin to make streets gas ready. These maps are subject to change.


Relief Fund

The Essex County Community Foundation announced today that the application process will open on Wednesday, Oct. 3 for residents and businesses seeking funding and services from the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund.

The Fund –– established by Governor Charlie Baker, Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera, and Andover and North Andover Town Managers Andrew Flanagan and Andrew Maylor on Sept. 18 –– was opened with a $10 million contribution from Columbia Gas and fundraising efforts continue by ECCF. Donations raised by ECCF’s Lawrence Emergency Fund are being combined towards this humanitarian relief effort. One hundred percent of these funds, currently over $10.85 million, will support the relief efforts and those who have been directly affected by this tragedy.

Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 3, the application process for the Fund’s financial resources will be open and those in the impacted area may apply in three ways, all of which are available in both English and Spanish:

  • Online at www.GLDRF.org (link will be live October 3, this is the fastest and easiest way to apply)
  • Over the phone by dialing 2-1-1, for those who cannot apply online
  • In person for anyone in need of assistance at Andover's drop-in center.

Schedule for Greater Lawrence Disaster Fund drop-in center at Old Town Hall – 20 Main Street, Andover 
Wednesday, Oct. 3 – Noon – 8:00pm
Thursday, Oct. 4 - Noon – 8:00pm
Friday, Oct. 5 - Noon – 8:00pm
Saturday, Oct. 6 - 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 7 - Closed
Monday, Oct. 8 - Closed
Tuesday, Oct. 9 - Noon – 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 10 - Noon – 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 11 - Noon - 8 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 12 - Noon – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 13 - 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.


While residents and businesses are encouraged to apply online, they will be notified within 3-5 business days regarding the status of their application regardless of which method they use to apply for assistance.

Resources from the Fund will support the short and long-term shelter and sustenance needs of the more than 10,000 household units and businesses affected by the 7,500 Columbia Gas meters on the low-pressure lines in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover. Thousands of residents and businesses in these communities have been without gas since Sept. 13, when gas fires and explosions from over-pressurized gas lines destroyed homes and neighborhoods.

A complete restoration of gas service will be complete by Nov. 19.

Volunteers are needed to support this application process and the Drop-In locations. To find out more about volunteer roles needed: Andover, North Andover or South Lawrence sites: visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/GLDRFVolunteer

For more information about the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund and the process to apply for financial resources, please visit www.eccf.org/GLDisasterReliefFund.


Assessment Process

For the most up to date information from Columbia Gas on the streets where assessment teams will be deployed, click here.

Columbia Gas has released a Frequently Asked Questions document in order to help residents learn more about the assessment process.

The assessment will include the following steps:

First, the assessors will evaluate and inventory gas-fueled appliances. Specifically, representatives will evaluate the furnace or boiler for repairs and inventory for replacement of gas water heaters and all other gas-fueled appliances. Photos will be taken so that Columbia Gas can replace gas-fueled appliances with like kind and quality appliances.

Second, Columbia Gas will pressure test in-home gas piping to see if it is damaged.

Finally, if a resident has not yet had a space heat assessment, an assessment of the electrical capacity of the home will be performed. If the home has the electrical capacity to safely support a space heater, the assessment teams will provide one during the visit. If needed, Columbia will install smoke alarms/CO detectors.

Click here to download the complete FAQ

Click here to download a briefing packet on this process that was provided to the city and town governments from Columbia Gas.

A total of 2,038 gas meters are in the affected zone in Andover.

Andover will deploy town resources each day to support the assessment effort and assist residents.


Small Business Loan Program

Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash, Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera, North Andover Town Manager Andrew Maylor and Andover Town Manager Flanagan late last week announced a $1 million emergency loan program for businesses impacted by the gas emergency.

The fund will offer emergency loans to eligible businesses with no payments and no interest for the first six months. For businesses that extend beyond a six month period, market rates will apply and loans will be able to be extended or restructured for multi-year term loans.

The fund opened Oct. 1, and has an expedited application and approval process, with the goal of getting all applications processed within 24 and 48 hours.

For more information visit: www.wearelawrence.org/lawrencegasresponsebusiness.


Attorney General Hotline

Attorney General Maura Healey's office has established a hotline for those with questions and concerns. Residents and business owners may contact the Attorney General’s new hotline at 617-573-5370 in order to connect with specialists in the office who are able to handle questions about legal representation, home improvement scams, and insurance claims from homeowners, renters, and local businesses.



UPDATE 8:05 PM, September 30 

Town Manager Andrew P. Flanagan would like to remind business owners that the state's small business loan program opens tomorrow, Oct. 1.

The $1 million emergency loan program will offer emergency loans to eligible businesses with no payments and no interest for the first six months. For businesses that extend beyond a six month period, market rates will apply and loans will be able to be extended or restructured for multi-year term loans.

Andover’s downtown and several other business districts are in the affected area.

The program will have an expedited application and approval process, with the goal of getting all applications processed within 24 and 48 hours.

For more details, visit wearelawrence.org/lawrencegasresponsebusiness.


UPDATE 12:15 PM, September 30

Columbia Gas has begun making phone calls to streets whose homes will undergo a single assessment for appliance replacement, gas line testing, and, if necessary, space heater/temporary heating installation.  Columbia Gas will be making automated phone calls at least 72 hours before crews begin working in neighborhoods, and work will be done on a rolling basis. Columbia will not be making individual appointments, but will notify the town which streets will be receiving assessments several days in advance. 


The assessment teams consist of licensed plumbers and electricians, appliance technicians, and linguists where necessary. The assessments are expected to continue through Oct. 19.


The following streets are scheduled for assessments today, Sunday, Sept. 30:

Bartlet Street

Central Street

Chapman Street

Chestnut Street

Judson Road

Locke Street

Main Street

Morton Street

N. Main Street

Old South Land

School Street


Columbia Gas previously informed the town that the following streets would also be scheduled for assessment on Sunday:

Kensington Street

Martingale Lane

Poor Street

Sherbourne Street

William Street

The following streets are scheduled for assessments on Monday, Oct. 1:

Buxton Court

Elm Street

Essex Street

Lewis Street

Main Street

North Main Street

Sweeney Court


Columbia Gas has released a Frequently Asked Questions document in order to help residents learn more about the assessment process. The assessment will include the following steps:

First, the assessors will evaluate and inventory gas-fueled appliances. Specifically, representatives ill evaluate the furnace or boiler for repairs and inventory for replacement of gas water heaters and all other gas-fueled appliances. Photos will be taken so that Columbia Gas can replace gas-fueled appliances with like kind and quality appliances.

Second, Columbia Gas will pressure test in-home gas piping to see if it is damaged.

Finally, if a resident has not yet had a space heat assessment, an assessment of the electrical capacity of the home will be performed. If the home has the electrical capacity to safely support a space heater, the assessment teams will provide one during the visit. If needed, Columbia will install smoke alarms/CO detectors.

Click here to download the complete FAQ


Click here to download a briefing packet on this process that was provided to the city and town governments from Columbia Gas.


A total of 2,038 gas meters are in the affected zone in Andover. Andover will deploy town resources each day to support the assessment effort and assist residents.

Main Gas Line Repair Work

Areas under construction each day will be announced via the news media, town website and social media. The town will also make use of its CodeRed emergency notification service to residents affected areas as necessary. Full restoration is expected to be completed by approximately Nov. 19. Columbia Gas has published a "Frequently Asked Questions" page on its website for those in both the affected and unaffected zones. Click here to access that resource.

Andover residents and visitors are asked to refrain from parking on metal construction plates placed on the road temporarily during the rolling construction process. The gas company is in and out of these holes throughout the day. They are working on more temporary "No Parking" signs to make it a little more conspicuous.

Approximately 6,324 of 301,334 feet of main line pipe have been replaced. Service lines to more than 40 of 6,100 residential units have been replaced. A total of 68 business customers in the three communities have also had gas service restored.

Job Fair

Columbia Gas will hold a career fair on Monday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m at the ValleyWorks Career Center in Lawrence.

Other Columbia Gas Updates

Columbia Gas has deployed liaisons to the city/town halls in all three communities to enhance communication and coordination between the gas company and the municipal governments. Columbia Gas is also finalizing the locations of long-term customer care centers in all three communities. As of today, Columbia Gas reported there would be 122 construction crews working in the three communities, according to MEMA.

Food Service Updates

Approximately 25 Andover restaurants remain unable to open or have been forced to offer limited food service. The Andover Public Health Division is working directly with restaurant owners to help them during the recovery phase. Restaurants must have running hot water for hand-washing purposes to meet the minimum requirements for food service. Hot water is also needed for wash/rinse/sanitize operations for utensils, pots, dishes, etc.

The town has streamlined the process for restaurants seeking to permanently or temporarily change fuel sources. Andover Fire Rescue is making staff available to review sketches and plans for new fuel sources, and the Health Division has staff standing by at 978-623-8640 to discuss the implementation of any operational changes that help restaurants re-open.

Restaurants may also obtain propane permits to use outdoor grills for cooking, so long as prep work and plating occur in a sanitary indoor kitchen environment.

Finally, the Health Division is aware of a number of reputable vendors supplying temporary kitchen trailers to help get restaurants up and running. Click here for a list of vendors and other useful guidelines from the Health Division.

Small Business Loan Program

Governor Charlie Bake, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash, Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera, North Andover Town Manager Andrew Maylor and Andover Town Manager Flanagan late last week announced a $1 million emergency loan program for businesses impacted by the gas emergency.

The fund will offer emergency loans to eligible businesses with no payments and no interest for the first six months. For businesses that extend beyond a six month period, market rates will apply and loans will be able to be extended or restructured for multi-year term loans.

The fund will open October 1 and have an expedited application and approval process, with the goal of getting all applications processed within 24 and 48 hours.

For more information visit: www.wearelawrence.org/lawrencegasresponsebusiness.

Attorney General Hotline

Attorney General Maura Healey's office has established a hotline for those with questions and concerns. Residents and business owners may contact the Attorney General’s new hotline at 617-573-5370 in order to connect with specialists in the office who are able to handle questions about legal representation, home improvement scams, and insurance claims from homeowners, renters, and local businesses.

Showers for Residents

The hot showers still available at Pomp’s Pond (147 Abbot St.) will remain open through at least Monday, Oct. 1.

Hours are Monday-Friday noon to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents need to bring their own shower supplies including towels, shampoo, conditioner, and soap. There will be a limited number of showers designated for family use.

There is also an accessible shower for those with mobility impairments located at the Andover Senior Center (30 Whittier Court). Those are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays for as long as they are needed. Anyone who needs accessible shower must call the Senior Center at 978-623-8320 for an appointment time.

Medical Reserve Corps volunteers are assisting in staffing the trailers.

Hot Plate Safety

Chief Mansfield and the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services strongly encourage the safe use of hot plates. Residents are urged to review the following guidelines:

Only use hot plates and electric skillets on the countertop.

Keep a 1-foot circle of safety around it; clear of anything that can catch fire.

Turn off when not in use.

Be mindful that hot plates stay hotter for longer than gas cooking surfaces.

Stay in the kitchen when cooking; stand by your pan.

Teach children to keep 3 giant steps from any cooking (the stove, a grill, or a hot plate).

Have a pot cover nearby to “put a lid” on a fire. Then unplug the hot plate if it is safe to do so.

Plug hot plates and electric skillets directly into the wall; do not use extension cords or power strips.

If the device trips the breaker or blows a fuse, stop using it right away and call an electrician or ask the landlord to so.

Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Chief Mansfield emphasizes that hot plates should be treated like any kitchen appliance. Do not use power strips or extension cords -- always plug them directly into the wall.

Claims Update

The Andover claims center will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Old Town Hall. It will open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday next week, and again from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. The Essex County Community Foundation -- Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund will have representatives present at the claims center each day from Wednesday through Saturday next week.


After meeting with Town Manager Flanagan, Governor Baker's office and other municipal officials, Columbia Gas agreed to compensate all of its customers for all losses related to the Merrimack Valley gas emergency.


This includes:

Bodily injury

Damage to property

Disruption of businesses

Inconvenience and disruption of everyday activities caused by loss of use of gas service

Efforts to limit or mitigate the loss, such as switching from gas hot water heaters to electric or temporary solutions to heat, hot water and cooking

For more extensive information on the process for switching systems, please click here.


Residents are advised to call the 24-hour claims hotline at 800-590-5571 to initiate the process.


Click here to download Columbia's outline of the claims process.

Propane

Chief Mansfield has heard from a number of residents seeking to use Liquefied Petroleum Gases (LPG), commonly referred to as propane, as a temporary substitute for natural gas. Andover Fire Rescue prohibits the use of propane for household purposes where piped natural gas is available from a public utility. However, propane will be permitted when natural gas is unavailable. A permit is required, and there are specific safety regulations that must be followed by contractors and homeowners.


Click here for information on permits and a checklist for propane installations. 



UPDATE 2:25 PM, September 29

Claims Update - Direct Pay for Conversion to Alternative Fuels or Systems

Columbia Gas has updated their claims handling process that states residents and businesses  may request that Columbia Gas directly pay a certified licensed contractor to switch to alternative fuel source systems or appliances. To seek approval for such direct payment, residents should contact the claims hotline: - (800) 590-5571. Residents and businesses should be prepared to provide Columbia Gas with a detailed estimate of the work to be performed and contact information for the contractor.


To read the updated claims process information sheet click here.


UPDATE 12:40 PM, September 29

In order to move more quickly toward full restoration of gas service for homes, Columbia Gas has cancelled space heater evaluation appointments scheduled for Friday and beyond. Instead, crews will conduct a single assessment to determine every customer's repair and replacement needs. Customers who need space heaters and have the electrical capacity to safely use them will be given space heaters at those appointments.

Smoke/Carbon Monoxide detectors will also be given out free of charge during the single assessment. Columbia Gas will be making automated phone calls at least 72 hours before crews begin working in neighborhoods, and work will be done on a rolling basis.

Columbia will not be making individual appointments, but will notify the town which streets will be receiving assessments several days in advance. 

Beginning today, and continuing into November, licensed plumbers and electricians, appliance technicians, and linguists where necessary, will begin visiting impacted residences and businesses to install new gas appliances, such as boilers, furnaces, hot water heaters, stoves and dryers.

There are 122 assessment crews from Columbia Gas working today.


The following streets are scheduled for assessments today, Saturday, Sept. 29:

Central Street

Bartlet Street

Chapman Avenue

Chestnut Street

Judson Road

Locke Street

Main Street

Morton Street

North Main Street

Old South Lane

School Street

The following streets are scheduled for assessments tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 30:

Kensington Street

Martingale Lane

Poor Street

Sherbourne Street

William Street

The following streets are scheduled for assessments on Monday, Oct. 1:

Buxton Court

Elm Street

Essex Street

Lewis Street

Main Street

North Main Street

Sweeney Court

Click here to download a briefing packet on this process that was provided to the city and town governments from Columbia Gas.


A total of 2,038 gas meters are in the affected zone in Andover.

Andover will deploy town resources each day to support the assessment effort and assist residents.

Main Gas Line Repair Work

More than 110 construction crews are working today, Saturday, Sept. 29.

Areas under construction each day will be announced via the news media, town website and social media. The town will also make use of its CodeRed emergency notification service to residents affected areas as necessary.

Full restoration is expected to be completed by approximately Nov. 19.

Columbia Gas has published a "Frequently Asked Questions" page on its website for those in both the affected and unaffected zones. Click here to access that resource.

Andover residents and visitors are asked to refrain from parking on metal construction plates placed on the road temporarily during the rolling construction process. The gas company is in and out of these holes throughout the day. They are working on more temporary "No Parking" signs to make it a little more conspicuous.

Approximately 6,324 of 301,334 feet of main line pipe have been replaced. Service lines to more than 40 of 6,100 residential units have been replaced. A total of 68 business customers in the three communities have also had gas service restored.

Gas Purging

Gas purging continues in the affected area of Andover today, and is expected to last through tomorrow. Columbia Gas has stated it will notify the communities of any additional purging days, times and locations.


The following areas are scheduled for purging today, Saturday, Sept. 29:

Walnut to High Street

Wolcott Avenue

Lockway Road

Park Street

Whittier Street

Elm Street

Throughout the purging process, there is the chance that some residents may smell gas. Additional Columbia crews will be on-hand and Andover Fire Rescue has assigned a special task force, including a deputy chief to monitor the purging. If any resident smells gas, indoors or outside, they should dial 911 immediately.

Job Fair

Columbia Gas will hold a career fair on Monday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m at the ValleyWorks Career Center in Lawrence.

Other Columbia Gas Updates

Columbia Gas has deployed liaisons to the city/town halls in all three communities to enhance communication and coordination between the gas company and the municipal governments.

Columbia Gas is also finalizing the locations of long-term customer care centers in all three communities.

As of today, Columbia Gas reported there would be 122 construction crews working in the three communities, according to MEMA.

Food Service Updates

Approximately 25 Andover restaurants remain unable to open or have been forced to offer limited food service.

The Andover Public Health Division is working directly with restaurant owners to help them during the recovery phase.

Restaurants must have running hot water for hand-washing purposes to meet the minimum requirements for food service. Hot water is also needed for wash/rinse/sanitize operations for utensils, pots, dishes, etc.

The town has streamlined the process for restaurants seeking to permanently or temporarily change fuel sources. Andover Fire Rescue is making staff available to review sketches and plans for new fuel sources, and the Health Division has staff standing by at 978-623-8640 to discuss the implementation of any operational changes that help restaurants re-open.

Restaurants may also obtain propane permits to use outdoor grills for cooking, so long as prep work and plating occur in a sanitary indoor kitchen environment.

Finally, the Health Division is aware of a number of reputable vendors supplying temporary kitchen trailers to help get restaurants up and running. Click here for a list of vendors and other useful guidelines from the Health Division.

Attorney General Hotline

Attorney General Maura Healey's office has established a hotline for those with questions and concerns. Residents and business owners may contact the Attorney General’s new hotline at 617-573-5370 in order to connect with specialists in the office who are able to handle questions about legal representation, home improvement scams, and insurance claims from homeowners, renters, and local businesses.

Showers for Residents

The hot showers still available at Pomp’s Pond (147 Abbot St.) will remain open through at least Monday, Oct. 1.

Hours are Monday-Friday noon to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents need to bring their own shower supplies including towels, shampoo, conditioner, and soap. There will be a limited number of showers designated for family use.

There is also an accessible shower for those with mobility impairments located at the Andover Senior Center (30 Whittier Court). Those are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays for as long as they are needed. Anyone who needs accessible shower must call the Senior Center at 978-623-8320 for an appointment time.

Medical Reserve Corps volunteers are assisting in staffing the trailers.

Hot Plate Safety

Chief Mansfield and the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services strongly encourage the safe use of hot plates. Residents are urged to review the following guidelines:

Only use hot plates and electric skillets on the countertop.

Keep a 1-foot circle of safety around it; clear of anything that can catch fire.

Turn off when not in use.

Be mindful that hot plates stay hotter for longer than gas cooking surfaces.

Stay in the kitchen when cooking; stand by your pan.

Teach children to keep 3 giant steps from any cooking (the stove, a grill, or a hot plate).

Have a pot cover nearby to “put a lid” on a fire. Then unplug the hot plate if it is safe to do so.

Plug hot plates and electric skillets directly into the wall; do not use extension cords or power strips.

If the device trips the breaker or blows a fuse, stop using it right away and call an electrician or ask the landlord to so.

Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.


Chief Mansfield emphasizes that hot plates should be treated like any kitchen appliance. Do not use power strips or extension cords -- always plug them directly into the wall.

Claims Update

The Andover claims center will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Old Town Hall. It will open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday next week, and again from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6.

The Essex County Community Foundation -- Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund will have representatives present at the claims center each day from Wednesday through Saturday next week.

After meeting with Town Manager Flanagan, Governor Baker's office and other municipal officials, Columbia Gas agreed to compensate all of its customers for all losses related to the Merrimack Valley gas emergency.


This includes:

Bodily injury

Damage to property

Disruption of businesses

Inconvenience and disruption of everyday activities caused by loss of use of gas service

Efforts to limit or mitigate the loss, such as switching from gas hot water heaters to electric or temporary solutions to heat, hot water and cooking

For more extensive information on the process for switching systems, please click here.


Residents are advised to call the 24-hour claims hotline at 800-590-5571 to initiate the process.


Click here to download Columbia's outline of the claims process.


UPDATE 7:15 PM, September 27

 After consulting with municipal leaders in the three affected communities, Columbia Gas has decided to consolidate temporary heating assessments and home repair/restoration assessments into one single meeting.

"Thousands of lives are disrupted every day by this ongoing crisis, and we will continue advocating for our residents, business owners and workers at the highest levels, and we will continue to ensure everyone has a seat at a table until the crews all finished with their vital work," Town Manager Flanagan said.In order to move more quickly toward full restoration of gas service for homes with, Columbia Gas has cancelled space heater evaluation appointments scheduled for Friday and beyond. Instead, crews will conduct a single assessment to determine every customer's repair and replacement needs. Customers who need space heaters and have the electrical capacity to safety use them will be given space heaters at those appointments. Smoke/Carbon Monoxide detectors will also be given out free of charge during the single assessment.

Columbia Gas will be making automated phone calls at least 72 hours before crews begin working in neighborhoods, and work will be done on a rolling basis.


Columbia will not be making individual appointments, but will notify the towns which streets will be receiving assessments several days in advance. 

On Friday, the following streets are scheduled for assessment crews:

Brook Street

Ferndale Avenue

Haverhill Street

Magnolia Avenue

Poor Street

Windsor Street


The following streets are scheduled for assessment on Saturday:

Central Street

Chestnut Street

Main Street

Old South Lane

School Street

Click here to download a briefing packet on this process that was provided to the city and town governments from Columbia Gas today.


A total of 2,038 gas meters are in the affected zone in Andover. Andover will deploy town resources each day to support the assessment effort and assist residents.


Main Gas Line Repair Work

A total of 20 crews were working in Andover on Thursday. Areas under construction each day will be announced via the news media, town website and social media. The town will also make use of its CodeRed emergency notification service to residents affected areas as necessary. Full restoration is expected to be completed by approximately Nov. 19.

Columbia Gas has published a "Frequently Asked Questions" page on its website for those in both the affected and unaffected zones. Click here to access that resource.

Andover residents and visitors are asked to refrain from parking on metal construction plates placed on the road temporarily during the rolling construction process. The gas company is in and out of these holes throughout the day. They are working on more temporary "No Parking" signs to make it a little more conspicuous.

Approximately 4,169 of 301,334 feet of main line pipe have been replaced. Service lines to 52 of 6,100 residential units have been replaced. A total of 68 business customers in the three communities have also had gas service restored.


Gas Purging

Gas purging continues in the affected area of Andover today. Purging operations are expected to continue in three additional areas of Andover on Friday, and Columbia Gas has stated it will notify the communities of additional purging days, times and locations.


The following areas are scheduled for purging on Friday:

Haverhill Street near the Intersection of Riverina Road

High Street near the intersection of Haverhill Street

Union Street near the intersection of Shepley Street near the Lawrence city line

Throughout the purging process, there is the chance that some residents may smell gas. Additional Columbia crews will be on-hand and Andover Fire Rescue has assigned a special task force, including a deputy chief to monitor the purging. If any resident smells gas, indoors or outside, they should dial 911 immediately.


Other Columbia Gas Updates

Columbia Gas has deployed liaisons to the city/town halls in all three communities to enhance communication and coordination between the gas company and the municipal governments. Columbia Gas is also finalizing the locations of long-term customer care centers in all three communities. By Friday, Columbia reports there will be 122 construction crews working in the three communities, according to MEMA.


Food Service Updates

Approximately 25 Andover restaurants remain unable to open or have been forced to offer limited food service. The Andover Public Health Division is working directly with restaurant owners to help them during the recovery phase. Restaurants must have running hot water for hand-washing purposes to meet the minimum requirements for food service. Hot water is also needed for wash/rinse/sanitize operations for utensils, pots, dishes, etc.

The town has streamlined the process for restaurants seeking to permanently or temporarily change fuel sources. Andover Fire Rescue is making staff available to review sketches and plans for new fuel sources, and the Health Division has staff standing by at 978-623-8640 to discuss the implementation of any operational changes that help restaurants re-open.

Restaurants may also obtain propane permits to use outdoor grills for cooking, so long as prep work and plating occur in a sanitary indoor kitchen environment. Finally, the Health Division is aware of a number of reputable vendors supplying temporary kitchen trailers to help get restaurants up and running. Click here for a list of vendors and other useful guidelines from the Health Division.


Attorney General Hotline

Attorney General Maura Healey's office has established a hotline for those with questions and concerns. Residents and business owners may contact the Attorney General’s new hotline at 617-573-5370 in order to connect with specialists in the office who are able to handle questions about legal representation, home improvement scams, and insurance claims from homeowners, renters, and local businesses.

AG Healey will also give a presentation at Lawrence High School (71 N. Parish Road, Lawrence) on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. to discuss citizens' rights in the aftermath of the Merrimack Valley gas emergency.


Showers for Residents

The hot showers still available at Pomp’s Pond (147 Abbot St.) will remain open through at least Sunday, Oct. 1. Hours are Monday-Friday noon to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents need to bring their own shower supplies including towels, shampoo, conditioner, and soap. There will be a limited number of showers designated for family use.

There is also an accessible shower for those with mobility impairments located at the Andover Senior Center (30 Whittier Court). Those are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays for as long as they are needed. Anyone who needs accessible shower must call the Senior Center at 978-623-8320 for an appointment time.

Medical Reserve Corps volunteers are assisting in staffing the trailers.


Hot Plate Safety

Chief Mansfield and the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services strongly encourage the safe use of hot plates. Residents are urged to review the following guidelines:

Only use hot plates and electric skillets on the countertop.

Keep a 1-foot circle of safety around it; clear of anything that can catch fire.

Turn off when not in use.

Be mindful that hot plates stay hotter for longer than gas cooking surfaces.

Stay in the kitchen when cooking; stand by your pan.

Teach children to keep 3 giant steps from any cooking (the stove, a grill, or a hot plate).

Have a pot cover nearby to “put a lid” on a fire. Then unplug the hot plate if it is safe to do so.

Plug hot plates and electric skillets directly into the wall; do not use extension cords or power strips.

If the device trips the breaker or blows a fuse, stop using it right away and call an electrician or ask the landlord to so.

Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.


Chief Mansfield emphasizes that hot plates should be treated like any kitchen appliance. Do not use power strips or extension cords -- always plug them directly into the wall.


Claims Update

The Andover claims center will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday at the Old Town Hall.

After meeting with Town Manager Flanagan, Governor Baker's office and other municipal officials, Columbia Gas agreed to compensate all of its customers for all losses related to the Merrimack Valley gas emergency.

This includes:

Bodily injury

Damage to property

Disruption of businesses

Inconvenience and disruption of everyday activities caused by loss of use of gas service

Efforts to limit or mitigate the loss, such as switching from gas hot water heaters to electric or temporary solutions to heat, hot water and cooking

For more extensive information on the process for switching systems, please click here.


Residents are advised to call the 24-hour claims hotline at 800-590-5571 to initiate the process.

Click here to download Columbia's outline of the claims process.


Propane

Chief Mansfield has heard from a number of residents seeking to use Liquefied Petroleum Gases (LPG), commonly referred to as propane, as a temporary substitute for natural gas. Andover Fire Rescue prohibits the use of propane for household purposes where piped natural gas is available from a public utility. However, propane will be permitted when natural gas is unavailable. A permit is required, and there are specific safety regulations that must be followed by contractors and homeowners.

Click here for information on permits and a checklist for propane installations.


Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Chief Mansfield urges residents to replace the batteries in their smoke/carbon monoxide detectors. A limited quantity of 9-volt batteries are available to residents in need. Call 978-475-1281 for more information.


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UPDATE 2:45 PM, September 27

Columbia Gas has published a "Frequently Asked Questions" page on its website for those in both the affected and unaffected zones. Click here to access that resource.

Andover residents and visitors are asked to refrain from parking on metal construction plates placed on the road temporarily during the rolling construction process. The gas company is in and out of these holes throughout the day. They are working on more temporary "No Parking" signs to make it a little more conspicuous

Food Service Updates

Approximately 25 Andover restaurants remain unable to open or have been forced to offer limited food service.

The Andover Public Health Division is working directly with restaurant owners to help them during the recovery phase.Restaurants must have running hot water for hand-washing purposes to meet the minimum requirements for food service. Hot water is also needed for wash/rinse/sanitize operations for utensils, pots, dishes, etc.The town has streamlined the process for restaurants seeking to permanently or temporarily change fuel sources. Andover Fire Rescue is making staff available to review sketches and plans for new fuel sources, and the Health Division has staff standing by at 978-623-8640 to discuss the implementation of any operational changes that help restaurants re-open.

Restaurants may also obtain propane permits to use outdoor grills for cooking, so long as prep work and plating occur in a sanitary indoor kitchen environment.

Finally, the Health Division is aware of a number of reputable vendors supplying temporary kitchen trailers to help get restaurants up and running. Click here for a list of vendors and other useful guidelines from the Health Division.

Claims Update

The Andover claims center be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Old Town Hall.


UPDATE 10:15 PM, September 26

The Town of Andover has been informed by Columbia Gas that on Monday the company will provide a street-by-street schedule that includes details on the restoration efforts. 

"As lives continue to be disrupted, it is vital that Columbia Gas offer consistent, complete, and accurate information. The company can't afford any further shortcomings in this area," Town Manager Flanagan said. "An unprecedented disaster has struck our communities, and we will continue to hold all parties accountable to the residents, business owners and workers whose lives and livelihoods have been thrown into uncertainty." 

Gas Line Repairs: Thursday

Roadwork and main gas line repair work is scheduled to take place on Chestnut and Carmel Streets on Thursday. Electronic signs will warn of detours and road closures in the area.

Motorists are urged to use caution in the area. Police officers will be posted in the area on details.

Columbia Gas has announced that approximately 49 miles of below-ground gas pipe needs to be replaced in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence. Daily, over the next several weeks, the Town of Andover will announce specific streets or areas that will have road and gas line construction.

Areas under construction will be announced via the news media, town website and social media every day. The town will also make use of its CodeRed emergency notification service to residents affected areas as necessary. 

Full restoration is expected to be completed by approximately Nov. 19. 

Gas Purging

Columbia Gas began purging gas from underground pipes at noon today. There were 43 crews working on the purging process across Lawrence, Andover and North Andover today. 

Columbia Gas will notify the communities of additional purging days and times.

Throughout the purging process, there is the chance that some residents may smell gas. Additional Columbia crews will be on-hand and Andover Fire Rescue has assigned a special task force, including a deputy chief to monitor the purging. If any resident smells gas, indoors or outside, they should dial 911 immediately. 

Gas Purging is scheduled take place Thursday on the following streets in Andover:

Whitmore, Stirling, Filterbed, Sutherland, Carlisle, Fleming, Linwood, Burton, Enmore, Burnham, Arunde, Burnham, Carisbrooke, Balmoral, Magnolia, William, Sherbourne, Windsor, Martingale, Castle Heights, Washington Park, Haverhill, and High.

Other Columbia Gas Updates

Effective today, Columbia Gas has deployed liaisons to the city/town halls in all three communities to enhance communication and coordination between the gas company and the municipal governments. 

Columbia Gas is finalizing the locations of long-term customer care centers in all three communities. 

According to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, Columbia Gas/NiSource on Wednesday had 749 employees supporting restoration/recovery activities.  Additionally, 1,411 contractors/contract employees were deployed in support of the restoration/recovery Wednesday.

By Friday, Columbia reports there will be 122 construction crews working in the three communities, according to MEMA. 

Attorney General Announces Hotline

Attorney General Maura Healey's office has established a hotline for those with questions and concerns. Residents and business owners may contact the Attorney General’s new hotline at 617-573-5370 in order to connect with specialists in the office who are able to handle questions about legal representation, home improvement scams, and insurance claims from homeowners, renters, and local businesses. 

AG Healey will also give a presentation at Lawrence High School (71 N. Parish Road, Lawrence) on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. to discuss citizens' rights in the aftermath of the Merrimack Valley gas emergency. 

Hot Plate Safety

Chief Mansfield and the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services strongly encourage the safe use of hot plates. Residents are urged to review the following guidelines:

  • Only use hot plates and electric skillets on the countertop.
  • Keep a 1-foot circle of safety around it; clear of anything that can catch fire.
  • Turn off when not in use.
  • Be mindful that hot plates stay hotter for longer than gas cooking surfaces.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking; stand by your pan.
  • Teach children to keep 3 giant steps from any cooking (the stove, a grill, or a hot plate).
  • Have a pot cover nearby to “put a lid” on a fire. Then unplug the hot plate if it is safe to do so.
  • Plug hot plates and electric skillets directly into the wall; do not use extension cords or power strips.
  • If the device trips the breaker or blows a fuse, stop using it right away and call an electrician or ask the landlord to so.
  • Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Chief Mansfield emphasizes that hot plates should be treated like any kitchen appliance. Do not use power strips or extension cords -- always plug them directly into the wall. 

Temporary Heating 

On Monday, residents began receiving automated phone calls from Columbia Gas regarding temporary electric heating sources. There is no charge for temporary heating. 

Crews from Columbia Gas will conduct assessments to ensure that space heaters can be used safely inside homes.

Residents who need temporary heating solutions and miss the automated phone call can call 855-218-8816 to schedule an appointment for an electrical inspection and space heater delivery.

Individual Gas Customer Assessments/Repairs

A total of 2,038 gas meters are in the affected zone in Andover. 

Phone calls from Columbia Gas to residential and business gas customers have begun to notify them that teams will deploy for damage assessments. Over the last two days, automated phone calls were placed to residents to notify them of damage assessments scheduled for Wednesday through Friday. 

Crews consisting of a plumber, electrician and building assessor will go to all of the homes and businesses in the impacted area, where they will conduct assessments to make sure those buildings are ready for gas restoration and identify any appliances that will need to be replaced. 

These assessments may take several hours, and a resident or business key-holder must be present.

Columbia Gas has made a commitment to the Town of Andover that it will provide residents and business owners 72 hours notice prior to arriving for an assessment. 

Andover municipal employees will be deployed to neighborhoods during each phase of the restoration effort so that residents' and business owners' questions can be answered. The town will provide daily updates as the community continues its recovery. 

Employees and contractors will all carry identification. Contractors will carry a white badge stating that they are an “Authorized Visitor for Columbia Gas of Massachusetts."

These workers will NOT ask for any money, payment, or credit card/banking information. If you have any concerns please contact the Andover Police Department at 978-475-0411.


UPDATE 5:15 PM, September 25

Gas Purging

Columbia Gas has postponed the purging of remnant gas from the system in the affected zone, which was initially scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. today, due to weather. Purging will begin at noon tomorrow, Sept. 26.

When the purging does begin, there is the chance that some residents may smell gas. Additional Columbia crews will be on-hand and Andover Fire Rescue has assigned a special task force, including a deputy chief to monitor the purging. If any resident smells gas, indoors or outside, they should dial 911 immediately. 

Columbia Gas will notify the Town of Andover if additional days are required, and it will be communicated to the public. 

Gas Line Repair Work

Initial gas line repair work began yesterday with 20 construction crews conducting preliminary work in Andover. The number of crews working in Andover will rise to 40 by Friday. 

Construction work will begin on Thursday, Sept. 27 on High Street, Haverhill Street, Stirling Street, Carlisle Street and Corbett Street. Additional streets where repair work will be taking place are expected to be announced tomorrow. The construction schedule is subject to change, and the Town of Andover will provide updates as they become available.

Daily, over the next several weeks, the Town of Andover will announce specific streets or areas that will have road and gas line construction.

Areas under construction will be announced via the news media, town website and social media every day. The town will also issue a CodeRED alert to residents within an approximately 1/4 mile radius of any construction. Road detours will also be broadcast daily, if necessary. Full restoration is expected to be completed by approximately Nov. 19.

Hot Plate Distribution 

Town officials have handed out more than 1,000 free hot plates in Andover since Saturday. The hot plates are meant to temporarily assist residents in the affected area with cooking meals as the vital work of replacing gas lines and affected appliances is undertaken. The town has given out all the hot plates it was supplied with but has requested more from Columbia Gas. 

Residents who have not yet collected a hot plate are asked to call Columbia Gas' parent company, NiSource, to schedule a delivery. The number is 855-218-8816.

The Town of Andover expects to receive additional hot plates tomorrow, and they will be distributed to residents at Old Town Hall, 20 Main St., from noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Hot Plate Safety

Chief Mansfield and the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services strongly encourage the safe use of hot plates. Residents are urged to review the following guidelines:

  • Only use hot plates and electric skillets on the countertop.
  • Keep a 1-foot circle of safety around it; clear of anything that can catch fire.
  • Turn off when not in use.
  • Be mindful that hot plates stay hotter for longer than gas cooking surfaces.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking; stand by your pan.
  • Teach children to keep 3 giant steps from any cooking (the stove, a grill, or a hot plate).
  • Have a pot cover nearby to “put a lid” on a fire. Then unplug the hot plate if it is safe to do so.
  • Plug hot plates and electric skillets directly into the wall; do not use extension cords or power strips.
  • If the device trips the breaker or blows a fuse, stop using it right away and call an electrician or ask the landlord to so.
  • Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Chief Mansfield emphasizes that hot plates should be treated like any kitchen appliance. Do not use power strips or extension cords -- always plug them directly into the wall. 

Temporary Heating 

Beginning yesterday, residents began receiving automated phone calls from Columbia Gas regarding temporary electric heating sources. There is no charge for temporary heating.

Crews from Columbia Gas will conduct assessments to ensure that space heaters can be used safely inside homes.

Residents who need temporary heating solutions and miss the automated phone call can call 855-218-8816 to schedule an appointment for an electrical inspection and space heater delivery.

State Tax Penalties Waived

The state Department of Revenue has announced it is taking steps to address the concerns of taxpayers in Andover, Lawrence and North Andover who have been affected by the recent gas explosions.

The DOR recognizes that taxpayers may be unable to comply with state tax filing or payment due dates that occurred on or after the date of the explosions, and would like to assist those taxpayers as much as possible.

The department will waive any penalties associated with any late-filed return or payment that was due on or after Sept. 12, and before Oct. 1. Penalties will be waived for one month, and the DOR will later revisit whether any further extensions should be granted.

If any taxpayer in the affected areas receives notice of a penalty for this period they should reach out to the Department of Revenue at 617-887-6367.

Individual Gas Customer Assessments/Repairs

A total of 2,038 gas meters are in the affected zone in Andover. 

Phone calls from Columbia Gas to residential and business gas customers have begun to notify them that teams will deploy for damage assessments. At 4 p.m. today, an automated call will be placed to the same households that received one yesterday to notify them of damage assessments scheduled for Wednesday through Friday. 

Crews consisting of a plumber, electrician and building assessor will go to all of the homes and businesses in the impacted area, where they will conduct assessments to make sure those buildings are ready for gas restoration and identify any appliances that will need to be replaced. 

These assessments may take several hours, and a resident or business key-holder must be present.

Columbia Gas has made a commitment to the Town of Andover that it will provide residents and business owners 72 hours notice prior to arriving for an assessment. 

Andover municipal employees will be deployed to neighborhoods during each phase of the restoration effort so that residents' and business owners' questions can be answered. The town will provide daily updates as the community continues its recovery. 

Employees and contractors will all carry identification. Contractors will carry a white badge stating that they are an “Authorized Visitor for Columbia Gas of Massachusetts."

These workers will NOT ask for any money, payment, or credit card/banking information. If you have any concerns please contact the Andover Police Department at 978-475-0411.

Fire Rescue Update

Andover Fire Rescue responded yesterday evening to a cooking fire at a home on North Main Street. The fire started when oil in a pan that was left on a hot plate ignited, causing smoke to spread through the home. 

There were no injuries as a result of the fire, and an on-scene investigation indicated that the hot plate did not malfunction.

Propane

Chief Mansfield has heard from a number of residents seeking to use Liquefied Petroleum Gases (LPG), commonly referred to as propane, as a temporary substitute for natural gas.

Andover Fire Rescue prohibits the use of propane for household purposes where piped natural gas is available from a public utility. However, propane will be permitted when natural gas is unavailable. 

A permit is required, and there are specific safety regulations that must be followed by contractors and homeowners.

Click here for information on permits and a checklist for propane installations. 

Unaffected Area Updates

Columbia Gas informed the Town of Andover that it has restored service to virtually all natural gas customers in the unaffected area. Customers are reminded to call Columbia Gas at 866-388-3239 if they are in the unaffected area and still have not had gas service restored or have not been home to allow a tech inside. If you are in the unaffected area and do not have gas service, you must call this number.


UPDATE 4:10 PM, September 24

Gas Purging

Fire Chief Michael Mansfield reports that tomorrow (Tuesday, 9/24/18), beginning at 9 a.m., Columbia Gas will begin purging the remnant gas from the system in the affected zone.

There is the chance that some residents may smell gas. Additional Columbia crews will be on-hand and Andover Fire Rescue has assigned a special task force, including a deputy chief to monitor the purging. If any resident smells gas, indoors or outside, they should dial 911 immediately.

"This is a routine operation to ensure that any remaining gas trapped in the system will be safely removed so that crews can begin working to replace these lines," Chief Mansfield said.

The process is expected to last most of the day and may require multiple days. Columbia Gas will notify the Town of Andover if additional days are required, and it will be communicated to the public.


UPDATE 2:10 PM, September 24

Temporary Heating 

At 2 p.m. today, residents will begin receiving automated phone calls from Columbia Gas regarding temporary electric heating sources. There is no charge for temporary heating.

Crews from Columbia Gas will conduct assessments to ensure that space heaters can be used safely inside homes.

Residents who need temporary heating solutions and miss the automated phone call can call 855-218-8816 to schedule an appointment.

Individual Gas Customer Assessments/Repairs

At 7 p.m. tonight, phone calls from Columbia Gas will begin to residential and business gas customers to notify them that teams will deploy for damage assessments.

This round of calls will cover appointments for Wednesday-Friday of this week.

Crews consisting of a plumber, electrician and building assessor will go to all of the homes and businesses in the impacted area, where they will conduct assessments to make sure those buildings are ready for gas restoration and identify any appliances that will need to be replaced.

These assessments may take several hours, and a resident or business key-holder must be present.

Columbia Gas has made a commitment to the Town of Andover that it will provide residents and business owners 72 hours notice prior to arriving for an assessment.

Andover municipal employees will be deployed to neighborhoods during each phase of the restoration effort so that residents' and business owners' questions can be answered. The town will provide daily updates as the community continues its recovery.

Employees and contractors will all carry identification. Contractors will carry a white badge stating that they are an “Authorized Visitor for Columbia Gas of Massachusetts."

These workers will NOT ask for any money, payment, or credit card/banking information whatsoever. If you have any concerns please contact the Andover Police Department at 978-475-0411


UPDATE 5:45 PM, September 22

Town officials handed out 700 free hot plates in Andover today to temporarily assist residents in the affected area with cooking meals. The town will continue hot plate distribution on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the Town Offices - 36 Bartlet Street.

Claims Update

After meeting with Town Manager Flanagan, Governor Baker's office, and other municipal officials, Columbia Gas has agreed to compensate all of its customers for all losses related to the Merrimack Valley gas emergency.

This includes: 

  • Bodily injury
  • Damage to property
  • Disruption of businesses
  • Inconvenience and disruption of everyday activities caused by loss of use of gas service
  • Efforts to limit or mitigate the loss, such as switching from gas hot water heaters to electric or temporary solutions to heat, hot water, and cooking

Residents are advised to call the 24-hour claims hotline at 1-800-590-5571 to initiate the process.

Columbia Gas has put this commitment in writing. Click here to view Columbia's outline of the claims process

"Columbia Gas will reimburse residential customers for reasonable costs of permanently switching to an alternative fuel source (e.g. electric or oil) for appliances or systems that were fueled by natural gas prior to the outage. If you wish to temporarily switch to appliances and systems that are fueled by sources other than natural gas for the duration of the outage, and then return to gas-fueled appliances, Columbia Gas will reimburse for reasonable costs associated with both the temporary solution as well as the return to gas-fueled appliances and systems."

"Residents may elect to contract directly with an appropriate certified licensed contractor to install appliances and systems that are fueled by an alternative fuel source (e.g. electric or oil). If you do hire such a contractor, we request the licensed contractor provide you detailed receipts, including your name, service address, make/model of parts, and labor, so that Columbia Gas may reimburse you for reasonable costs."

Gas Service Restoration

For an in-depth breakdown of the restoration schedule, including information about the distribution of space heaters and hot plates for residents in the affected area, click here.

Starting Wednesday, Sept. 26, crews consisting of a plumber, electrician, building assessor and a member of the national guard will go to all of the homes and businesses in the impacted area, where they will conduct assessments to make sure those buildings are ready for gas restoration and identify any appliances that will need to be replaced.

Columbia Gas has made a commitment to the Town of Andover that it will provide residents and business owners at least 48 hours notice prior to arriving for an assessment.

Municipal resources will be deployed to neighborhoods during each phase of the restoration effort so that residents' and business owners' questions can be answered. The town will provide daily updates as the community continues its recovery.

Employees and contractors will all carry identification. Contractors will carry a white badge stating that they are an “Authorized Visitor for Columbia Gas of Massachusetts."

These workers will NOT ask for any money, payment, or credit card/banking information whatsoever. If you have any concerns please contact the Andover Police Department at 978-475-0411

Gas Line Repair Work

Starting Monday, Sept. 24, a total of 20 construction crews will begin working in Andover to restore gas service to the affected area. The number of crews working in Andover will rise to 65 on Monday, Oct. 1.

Daily, over the next several weeks, the Town of Andover will announce specific streets or areas that will have road and gas line construction.

Areas under construction will be announced via the news media, town website, and social media every day. The town will also issue a CodeRED alert to residents within an approximately 1/4 mile radius of any construction.

Road detours will also be broadcast daily, if necessary.

Full restoration is expected to be completed by approximately Nov. 19.

Showers for Residents

The hot showers available at Pomp’s Pond (147 Abbot Street) will remain open Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Monday through at least Wednesday from noon to 8 p.m.

A total of 25 showers are available for residents who have been without hot water for more than a week.

Residents need to bring their own shower supplies including towels, shampoo, conditioner, and soap. There will be a limited number of showers designated for family use.

There is also an accessible shower for those with mobility impairments located at the Andover Senior Center (30 Whittier Court). Those are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays for as long as they are needed. Anyone who needs accessible shower must call the Senior Center at 978-623-8320 for an appointment time.



UPDATE 5:00 PM, September 22

Andover Town Manager Andrew Flanagan is providing residents and businesses with the most up to date information on the claims and reimbursement process for expenses related to the Gas Disaster. Click here to view the information sheet on claims and expenses for residents and businesses that were impacted by the Gas Disaster. This information sheet includes details on the reimbursement of costs associated with conversions to electric hot water heaters and other appliances.  

A comprehensive update on town services for those impacted by the Gas Disaster will be provided at 6:00 PM.



UPDATE 2:00 PM, September 22

A shipment of hot plates has arrived at Andover Town Offices (36 Bartlet Street) and are ready for distribution. Hot plates can be picked up in the driveway in front of Town Offices. 

UPDATE 12:30 PM, September 22

There is a temporary delay in hot plate availability due to a limited supply in the initial delivery. As of 12:30 pm, 250 hot plates have been handed out in Andover. As more become available, we will provide an update to the community. Residents can still come to Town Offices until 4:00 pm (36 Bartlet Street) to sign up for a space heater as well as at the Andover Claims Center at Old Town Hall until 5:00 pm (20 Main Street).


UPDATE 8:50PM, Friday, September 21

Change in Hot Plate pick up time.

Due to delays with shipping logistics, there has been a change in the pick-up time for hot plates. 

On Saturday, September 22, hot plates will be available for pickup in the driveway in front of the Town Offices, 36 Bartlet St., from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (updated 9/21/18 8:50)


UPDATE 2:30PM, Friday, September 21

For an in-depth breakdown of the restoration schedule, including information about the distribution of space heaters and hot plates for residents in the affected area, click here.

Gas Service Restoration

Starting Wednesday, Sept. 26, crews consisting of a plumber, electrician, building inspector and a member of the national guard will go to all of the homes and businesses in the impacted area, where they will conduct assessments to make sure those buildings are ready for gas restoration and identify any appliances that will need to be replaced.

Columbia Gas has made a commitment to the Town of Andover that it will provide residents and business owners at least 48 hours notice prior to arriving for an assessment.

"I have continued to stress the importance of letting community members know in advance of their assessment so they can plan ahead, and so that the restoration process can move as quickly and efficiently as possible," Town Manager Flanagan. "I'm confident that the plan we have in place is the most prudent way to help our residents and business owners get back to normal, and the Town of Andover is deeply committed to seeing this process through to a successful conclusion."

Municipal resources will be deployed to neighborhoods during each phase of the restoration effort so that residents' and business owners' questions can be answered. The town will provide daily updates as the community continues its recovery.

Employees and contractors will all carry identification. Contractors will carry a white badge stating that they are an “Authorized Visitor for Columbia Gas of Massachusetts”. If you have any concerns please contact the Andover Police Department at (978) 475-0411

Hot Water Heaters

Residents and business owners who choose to convert their gas hot water heaters to electric ones may do so on their own via a licensed electrician. The Town of Andover is waiving the conversion fee for this process, and Town Manager Flanagan is actively working to ensure that Columbia Gas reimburses anyone who chooses to make such a conversion.

Gas Line Repair Work

Starting Monday, Sept. 24, 20 construction crews will begin working in Andover to restore gas service to the affected area. The number of crews working in Andover will rise to 65 on Monday, Oct. 1.

Daily, over the next several weeks, the Town of Andover will announce specific streets or areas that will have road and gas line construction.

Areas under construction will be announced via the news media, town website, and social media every day. The town will also issue a CodeRED alert to residents within an approximately 1/4 mile radius of any construction.

Road detours will also be broadcast daily, if necessary.

Full restoration is expected to be completed by approximately November 19, 2018.

Lawrence Regional Recovery Resource Center

The Baker-Polito Administration today announced updated information for the Recovery Resource Center (RRC). The RRC will continue to provide services and programs to meet the needs of residents of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover through at least the end of the week.


Schedule: Friday, Sept. 21: noon to 7 p.m.

Address: Elks Lodge, 652 Andover Street, Lawrence


The Recovery Resource Center will be staffed by representatives of municipal and state agencies as well as the American Red Cross and Salvation Army and disaster relief organizations affiliated with Massachusetts Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). State agencies on-hand include the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Department of Children and Families (DCF), Department of Mental Health (DMH), Registry of Motor Vehicles, and Division of Insurance (DOI).


The RRC is open to residents and the business community from Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover. This is separate from the Columbia Gas claims center that has been opened in Andover.

Columbia Gas Claims Center Update

On Tuesday, Columbia Gas has opened a claims center at the Old Town Hall, 20 Main St. More than1,000 residents and members of the business community have initiated the claims process on-site so far.

The Andover claims center is open noon to 8 p.m. through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Next week, the claims center will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Claims can also be initiated by phone at 800-590-5571.

Town leaders wish to express their gratitude to those who have come to the claims center, as the residents, business owners, and workers have been calm, orderly, and polite despite the disarray this incident has brought into their lives and livelihoods.

The Department of Revenue has approved a plan, which Town Manager Flanagan has consistently advocated for, that will allow businesses impacted by the gas emergency to file their meals tax payments one month late without penalty. The Department of Revenue will evaluate a further extension of tax deadlines at a later date.

Columbia Gas has committed to pay for the replacement of any appliances that were damaged.

Space Heaters and Hot Plates

On Saturday, Sept. 22, hot plates will be available for pickup in the driveway in front of the Town Offices, 36 Bartlet St., from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (updated 9/21/18 8:50)

Portable space heaters will be made available to residents who request them, and will be delivered to by electricians who will evaluate homes to ensure they can be used safely. Those in need of a portable space heater should arrange this through a representative at the claims center.

Showers for Residents

The Town of Andover has placed shower trailers at Pomps Pond (147 Abbot St.) equipped with hot water. A total of 25 showers will be available for residents who have been without hot water for a full week.


The showers are open from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and will continue as needed. Residents need to bring their own shower supplies including towels, shampoo, conditioner, and soap. There will be a limited number of showers designated for family use.


There is also an accessible shower for those with mobility impairments located at the Andover Senior Center (30 Whittier Court). Those are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays for as long as they are needed. Anyone who needs accessible shower must call the Senior Center at 978-623-8320 for an appointment time.


Medical Reserve Corps volunteers are assisting in staffing the trailers.


UPDATE 3:50 PM, Thursday, September 20

A formal gas line repair/replacement plan will be released by Columbia Gas tomorrow (Friday).

Gas Line Repair Work

Over the next several weeks, the Town of Andover and Columbia Gas will announce specific streets or areas that will have road and gas line construction. 

Areas under construction will be announced via the news media, town website, and social media. The town will also issue a CodeRED alert to all residents within an approximately 1/4 mile radius of any construction.

Road detours will also be broadcast daily, if necessary.

Lawrence Regional Recovery Resource Center

The Baker-Polito Administration today announced updated information for the Recovery Resource Center (RRC). The RRC will continue to provide services and programs to meet the needs of residents of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover through at least the end of the week.

Schedule: Thursday, September 20 and Friday September 21: noon to 7 pm

Address: Elks Lodge, 652 Andover Street, Lawrence 

The Recovery Resource Center will be staffed by representatives of municipal and state agencies as well as the American Red Cross and Salvation Army and disaster relief organizations affiliated with Massachusetts Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). State agencies on-hand include the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Department of Children and Families (DCF), Department of Mental Health (DMH), Registry of Motor Vehicles, and Division of Insurance (DOI).

The RRC is open to residents and the business community from Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover. This is separate from the Columbia Gas claims center that has been opened in Andover.

Columbia Gas Claims Center Update

On Tuesday, Columbia Gas has opened a claims center at the Old Town Hall, 20 Main St. More than 600 residents and members of the business community have initiated the claims process on-site so far.

The Andover claims center is open noon to 8 p.m. through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and will continue to operate next week with the same operating hours. Claims can also be initiated by phone at 800-590-5571.

Town leaders wish to express their gratitude to those who have come to the claims center, as the residents, business owners, and workers have been calm, orderly, and polite despite the disarray this incident has brought into their lives and livelihoods.

Showers for Residents

The Town of Andover has placed shower trailers at Pomps Pond (147 Abbot St.) equipped with hot water. A total of 25 showers will be available for residents who have been without hot water for a full week.

The showers are open from noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and will continue as needed. Residents need to bring their own shower supplies including towels, shampoo, conditioner, and soap. There will be a limited number of showers designated for family use.

There is also an accessible shower for those with mobility impairments located at the Andover Senior Center (30 Whittier Court). Those are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays for as long as they are needed. Anyone who needs accessible shower must call the Senior Center at 978-623-8320 for an appointment time.

Medical Reserve Corps volunteers are assisting in staffing the trailers.

Fire Rescue Update

Propane

Chief Mansfield has heard from a number of residents seeking to use Liquefied Petroleum Gases (LPG), commonly referred to as propane, as a temporary substitute for natural gas.

Andover Fire Rescue prohibits the use of propane for household purposes where piped natural gas is available from a public utility. However, propane will be permitted when natural gas is unavailable.

A permit is required, and there are specific safety regulations that must be followed by contractors and homeowners.

Click here for information on permits and a checklist for propane installations.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Chief Mansfield urges residents to replace the batteries in their smoke/carbon monoxide detectors. A limited quantity of 9-volt batteries are available to residents in need. Call 978-475-1281 for more information.

Heating Safety

With gas service not expected to be restored to the affected zone for several weeks, Chief Mansfield is strongly urging residents to follow these fire safety guidelines:

  • Ensure there are working smoke/CO detectors in every level and outside bedrooms
  • Test smoke/CO detectors monthly
  • Chimneys should be professionally cleaned annually
  • Wood and pellet stoves may only be installed with a permit
  • Keep debris, clothing, and anything else that can burn at lest three feet away from wood and pellet stoves or space heaters
  • Dispose of ashes in a metal container with a lid and store the container away from the house/garage/porch/deck.
  • Do not use a space heater as your primary heat source
  • Plug space heaters directly into walls or only use heavy-duty or appliance-grade extension cords
  • Never leave space heaters unattended -- do not run them while you are not home
  • Portable kerosene heaters are illegal in Massachusetts for home use

Unaffected Area Updates

Columbia Gas today informed the Town of Andover that it has restored service to 4,269 natural gas customers in the unaffected area. According to Columbia,154 gas customers remain offline in the unaffected area. Of those, 87 meters are being actively worked on at this time, and 67 customers have not been home to allow a gas technician inside.

Customers are reminded to call Columbia at 866-388-3239 if they are in the unaffected area and still have not had gas service restored. If you are in the unaffected area and do not have gas service, you must call this number.

Affected Area Updates

The town has been informed that the affected area includes gas customers NORTH of the intersection of RT. 28 at Salem St. (Toward Lawrence and the Merrimack River.)

The unaffected area includes those SOUTH of the intersection of Rt. 28 at Salem Street and those WEST of Beacon Street at Reservation Road (Toward Tewksbury).

As soon as the Town has a specific list or map, it will be released to the public.

In the affected zone, all gas customers may have sustained damage to their service lines, furnaces, water heaters, and/or gas appliances. NiSource, the parent company of Columbia Gas, has also committed to either replacing all damaged infrastructure and appliances or fully reimbursing residents who choose to and have the means to pay for repairs or replacement costs out of pocket.

If a resident cannot afford repair or replacement costs, NiSource will arrange for this work to be done for free. If a resident is able to and chooses to arrange for repairs or replacements on their own, NiSource will reimburse all costs.

Residents who incur out-of-pocket expenses will be required to save their receipts and provide proof of damage such as photos or police/fire incident reports.

The Town of Andover is not charging residents or business owners any permit fees for the contracted work or repairs that need to be performed as a result of the gas emergency. An office trailer, generously donated by Suffolk Construction Company, is located behind the Old Town Hall (20 Main St.) for contractors to pull permits at no charge. The trailer is staffed by state inspectors. At the town's request, NiSource is allowing residents to have any licensed contractor pull repair work permits to begin repair work. Residents do not have to use a specific vendor recommended by NiSource.

Note to contractors: The trailer is only for gas permits. Building permits and electrical permits (e.g. a permit to install an electric hot water heater to replace a gas one) must be pulled at Andover Town Hall (36 Bartlet St.)

The trailer will be in place for as long as it is needed. This will allow contractors for residents in the affected area to quickly get started on vital repairs inside their homes. Please note that only contractors may pull permits for this work. Residents should not come to the trailer to obtain a permit.

Disaster Relief

Town Manager Flangan has been working directly with Mayor Dan Rivera, North Andover Town Manager Andrew Maylor, and Governor Charlie Baker to establish a single disaster relief fund that will provide assistance to individuals and businesses impacted by this incident. Details will be released as soon as they are available.

Free Meals and Food for Residents

The Andover Community Services Department is offering free continental breakfast and a hot lunch for all residents every day through Friday, September 21. Residents are asked to call and register at 978-623-8320.

Meals will be served from 8-9 a.m and from noon to 12:30 p.m.

The Senior Center will continue the complimentary lunch program through next week.

For those in need, the food pantry will also be open during normal hours on Thursday, September 20 from 4-5 p.m. at the Senior Center.


UPDATE 7:30 PM, Wednesday, September 19


Town Manager Andrew P. Flanagan, Police Chief Patrick Keefe, Fire Chief Michael B. Mansfield, and Andover's town government department heads seek to continuously update residents on the status of restoration efforts in the aftermath of the Merrimack Valley gas emergency.

Showers for Residents

The Town of Andover has placed shower trailers at Pomps Pond (147 Abbot St.) equipped with hot water. A total of 25 showers will be available for residents who have been without hot water for a full week. The showers will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and will continue as needed. Residents need to bring their own shower supplies including towels. There will be a limited number of showers designated for family use. There is also an accessible shower for those with mobility impairments located at the Andover Senior Center (30 Whittier Court). Those are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to noon for as long as they are needed. Anyone who needs accessible shower must call the Senior Center at 978-623-8320 for an appointment time. Medical Reserve Corps volunteers will be assisting in staffing the trailers.

Business Information

More than 100 Andover businesses, including 67 food service establishments, are in the affected zone and are losing money each day that they do not have gas service.

"Restaurants can't cook without gas, and they can't wash dishes without hot water, and we will not forget our business community. They are the lifeblood of our town," Town Manager Flangan said. "Our entire downtown is in the affected zone, and we must do what we can for business owners and workers. We are actively working and advocating for our business community to help them recover lost revenue."

The Andover Economic Development Council is actively working with the business community to guide owners through this situation. By the end of the week, the town expects to announce a plan and programs aimed at helping businesses repair damage, restore operations, and flourish.

Claims Center Update

Yesterday, Columbia Gas has opened a claims center at the Old Town Hall, 20 Main St. A total of 300 residents initiated the claims process yesterday and hundreds more are expected today. The Andover claims center is open noon to 8 p.m. through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Claims can also be initiated by phone at 800-590-5571.

Fire Rescue Update

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors 

Chief Mansfield urges residents to replace the batteries in their smoke/carbon monoxide detectors. A limited quantity of 9-volt batteries are available to residents in need. Call 978-475-1281 for more information.

Heating Safety. With gas service not expected to be restored to the affected zone for several weeks, Chief Mansfield is strongly urging residents to follow these fire safety guidelines:

  • Ensure there are working smoke/CO detectors in every level and outside bedrooms
  • Test smoke/CO detectors monthly
  • Chimneys should be professionally cleaned annually
  • Wood and pellet stoves may only be installed with a permit
  • Keep debris, clothing, and anything else that can burn at lest three feet away from wood and pellet stoves or space heaters
  • Dispose of ashes in a metal container with a lid and store the container away from the house/garage/porch/deck.
  • Do not use a space heater as your primary heat source
  • Plug space heaters directly into walls or only use heavy-duty or appliance-grade extension cords
  • Never leave space heaters unattended -- do not run them while you are not home
  • Portable kerosene heaters are illegal in Massachusetts for home use

Emergency Operations Center

The Andover Emergency Operations Center (EOC) continues to operate, and has operated continuously since 5 p.m. Thursday. Located at the Andover Public Safety complex, the EOC is made up of department heads and inter-agency liaisons from Andover Police, Fire Rescue, Town Manager's Office, Public Works, Schools, Health Division, Facilities, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and Columbia Gas.

Unaffected Area Updates

NiSource Inc., the parent company of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, has notified the Towns of Andover that it has restored natural gas service most of the customers in the unaffected area of town, who turned off their service on Thursday as this emergency was unfolding. However, the town has not received updated numbers since 10 a.m. yesterday. At the last update, out of the 3,021 customers in the unaffected area, 2,493 had been turned back on. A total of 168 homes were inaccessible/residents not home, and there are still 360 homes on Columbia's list that teams are still working to re-connect. Customers are reminded to call Columbia at 866-388-3239 if they are in the unaffected area and still have not had gas service restored.


Affected Area Updates

There are 1,831 gas customers in the affected area. The town has been informed that the affected area includes gas customers NORTH of RT. 28 at Salem St. (Toward Lawrence and the Merrimack River.) The unaffected area includes those SOUTH of Rt. 28 at Salem Street and those WEST of Beacon Street at Reservation Road (Toward Tewksbury). As soon as the Town has a specific list or map, it will be released to the public.

In the affected zone, all gas customers may have sustained damage to their service lines, furnaces, water heaters, and/or gas appliances. NiSource has also committed to either replacing all damaged infrastructure and appliances or fully reimbursing residents who choose to and have the means to pay for repairs or replacement costs out of pocket. If a resident cannot afford repair or replacement costs, NiSource will arrange for this work to be done for free. If a resident is able to and chooses to arrange for repairs or replacements on their own, NiSource will reimburse all costs. Residents who incur out-of-pocket expenses will be required to save their receipts and provide proof of damage such as photos or police/fire incident reports.

The Town of Andover is not charging residents or business owners any permit fees for the contracted work or repairs that need to be performed as a result of the gas emergency. An office trailer, generously donated by Suffolk Construction Company, is located behind the Old Town Hall (20 Main St.) for contractors to pull permits at no charge. The trailer is staffed by state inspectors. At the town's request, NiSource is allowing residents to have any licensed contractor pull repair work permits to begin repair work. Residents do not have to use a specific vendor recommended by NiSource.

The trailer will be in place for as long as it is needed. This will allow contractors for residents in the affected area to quickly get started on vital repairs inside their homes. Please note that only contractors may pull permits for this work. Residents should not come to the trailer to obtain a permit.

Disaster Relief

Town Manager Flangan has been working directly with Mayor Dan Rivera, North Andover Town Manager Andrew Maylor, and Governor Charlie Baker to establish a single disaster relief fund that will provide assistance to individuals and businesses impacted by this incident. Details will be released as soon as they are available.

Free Meals and Food for Residents

The Andover Community Services Department is offering free continental breakfast and a hot lunch for all residents every day through Friday, September 21. Residents are asked to call and register at 978-623-8320. Meals will be served from 8-9 a.m and from noon to 12:30 p.m. For those in need, the food pantry will also be open during normal hours on Thursday, September 20 from 4-5 p.m. at the Senior Center.



 



UPDATE, 12:50 PM, Tuesday, September 18

After a meeting between Andover officials, including Town Manager Flanagan and Deputy Town Manager Michael Lindstrom, Columbia Gas has agreed to opened a claims center at the Old Town Hall, 20 Main St. The claims center is slated to open TODAY at 1 p.m. and will be staffed with multiple claims representatives. The claims center will be open until 8 p.m today and will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Claims can also be initiated by phone at 800-590-5571.

NiSource Inc., the parent company of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, has notified the Towns of Andover that it has restored natural gas service most of the customers in the unaffected area of town, who turned off their service on Thursday as this emergency was unfolding. Out of the 3,021 customers in this area, 2,493 were turned back on as of 10 a.m. Tuesday. A total of 168 homes were inaccessible/residents not home, and there are still 360 homes on Columbia's list that teams are still working to re-connect.

Customers are reminded to call Columbia at 866-388-3239 if they are in the unaffected area and still have not had gas service restored.

A total of 207 gas crews are working in Andover at this time to complete the restoration progress for gas customers in the unaffected areas.

In the affected regions, all gas customers may have sustained damage to their service lines, furnaces, water heaters, and/or gas appliances. NiSource has also committed to either replacing all damaged infrastructure and appliances or fully reimbursing residents who choose to and have the means to pay for repairs or replacement costs out of pocket.

If a resident cannot afford repair or replacement costs, NiSource will arrange for this work to be done for free. If a resident is able to and chooses to arrange for repairs or replacements on their own, NiSource will reimburse all costs.

Residents who incur out-of-pocket expenses will be required to save their receipts and provide proof of damage such as photos or police/fire incident reports.

The Town of Andover is not charging residents or business owners any permit fees for the contracted work or repairs that need to be performed as a result of the gas emergency. An office trailer is located behind the Old Town Hall (20 Main St.) for contractors to pull permits at no charge. The trailer is staffed by state inspectors. At the town's request, NiSource is allowing residents to have any licensed contractor pull repair work permits to begin repair work. Residents do not have to use a specific vendor recommended by NiSource.

The trailer will be in place for as long as it is needed. This will allow contractors for residents in the affected area to quickly get started on vital repairs inside their homes. Please note that only contractors may pull permits for this work. Residents should not come to the trailer to obtain a permit.

UPDATE, 3:50 PM, Monday, September 17

Town Manager Andrew P. Flanagan, Police Chief Patrick Keefe, Fire Chief Michael B. Mansfield, and Andover’s town government department heads seek to update residents on the status of restoration efforts in the aftermath of the Merrimack Valley gas emergency.

NiSource Inc., the parent company of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, has notified the Towns of Andover and North Andover and the City of Lawrence that the company has 500 crews working to immediately restore natural gas service to those customers in the unaffected areas who turned off their service on Thursday as this emergency was unfolding.

“We have been informed by NiSource that these crews will work continuously until the work is done and all customers have service restored in the unaffected areas,” Chief Mansfield said. “We have been informed that this work is expected to be completed by midnight tonight.”

In the affected regions, all gas customers may have sustained damage to their service lines, furnaces, water heaters, and/or gas appliances.

NiSource has also committed to both replacing all damaged infrastructure and appliances and completely reimbursing residents who choose to and have the means to pay for repairs or replacement costs out of pocket. If a resident cannot afford repair or replacement costs, NiSource will arrange for this work to be done for free. If a resident is able to and chooses to arrange for repairs or replacements on their own, NiSource will reimburse all costs.

Residents who incur out-of-pocket expenses will be required to save their receipts and provide proof of damage such as photos or police/fire incident reports.

In a statement earlier today, NiSource announced that it is “developing a plan … to replace the entire affected 48-mile cast iron and bare steel pipeline system in the towns of Andover, Lawrence and North Andover with state-of-the-art plastic distribution mains and service lines, and modern safety features.”

The timeline for this work will not be measured in days but certainly in weeks and likely months. Therefore, after a meeting with municipal managers, emergency managers, and fire chiefs in the three affected communities, NiSource is currently working to provide temporary solutions for heat, hot water, and cooking gas for residents in the affected zones.

These solutions will not be electric space heaters or anything that presents a possible risk to public safety. More information is expected to be released shortly about these solutions.

“We are committed to ensuring that our residents and business owners are made whole again, but we are not going to do this in a manner that jeopardizes public safety,” Chief Mansfield said. “Our fire and building codes are still in effect, and they will be enforced.”

The Town of Andover is waiving permit fees for any contracted work or repairs that need to be performed as a result of the gas emergency. An office trailer is located behind Old Town Hall (20 Main St.) for contractors to pull permits at no charge. The trailer is staffed by state inspectors. At the town’s request, NiSource is allowing residents to have any licensed contractor pull repair work permits. Residents do not have to use a specific vendor recommended by NiSource.

The trailer will be in place for as long as it is needed. This will allow contractors for residents in the affected area to quickly get started on vital repairs inside their homes. Please note that only contractors may pull permits for this work. Residents should not come to the trailer to obtain a permit.

Disaster Relief

Town Manager Flangan has been working directly with Mayor Dan Rivera, North Andover Town Manager Andrew Maylor, and Governor Charlie Baker to establish a single disaster relief fund that will provide assistance to individuals and businesses impacted by this incident. Details will be released as soon as they are available.

Free Meals for Residents

The Andover Community Services Department is offering free continental breakfast and a hot lunch for all residents every day through Friday, September 21. Residents are asked to call and register at 978-623-8320.

Meals will be served from 8-9 a.m and from noon to 12:30 p.m.

For those in need, the food pantry will also be open during normal hours on Thursday, September 20 from 4-5 p.m. at the Senior Center, 30 Whittier Court.

Loss and Damage Claims

Residents who were displaced by this weekend’s incident should make every effort to track the expenses they incurred — including documentation of damages, photographs, meals, hotel costs, spoiled food, lost wages or business income and other associated losses — in order to ease the process of seeking reimbursement from Columbia Gas.

The Town of Andover is in the process of opening an in-town claims center.

To initiate the claims process through Columbia Gas, please call 800-590-5571.

Public Health

Health Division staff are working with affected restaurants to ensure they meet health and safety codes and are able to reopen. Mutual Aid resources from other communities are being used to assist in this workload.

We practice basic safe food handling in our daily lives, but obtaining and storing food safely becomes more challenging during a power outage.

Steps to Follow During and After a Power Outage

-Never taste a food to determine its safety.

-Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature.

-Discard all refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, soft cheeses, milk, eggs, leftovers and deli items after 4 hours without power.

Remember: When in Doubt, Throw it Out!

Click here for more information on food safety.

Trash and Recycling Pickup

Republic Services, will be collecting Friday’s service area on Monday and then running a holiday week schedule for the remainder of the week.

Therefore if your regular collection day is Friday, you will receive collection service on Monday. Monday service will be collected on Tuesday; Tuesday service will be collected on Wednesday, Wednesday service will be collected on Thursday, Thursday service will be collected on Friday, and Friday service will be collected on Saturday.

Republic Services understands that there will likely be increased rubbish volume this week - the added volume will be collected. Residents should make every reasonable effort to place trash bags in covered containers as always, in order to avoid litter. The town is coordinating with Republic Services to bring in additional resources if needed.

Residents with any questions are asked to refer to the Town of Andover website - www.andoverma.gov - or call the Department of Public Works on Monday at (978) 623-8700 and press 0 for the operator.

UPDATE, 11:40 AM, Monday, September 17

The Andover Community Services Department is offering FREE continental breakfast and a hot lunch every day through Friday, September 21st. Residents are asked to call and register at (978) 623-8320. Meals will be served from 8:00 am to 9:00 am and 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm. The food pantry will be open during normal hours on Thursday, September 20th from 4:00 pm to 5:00 at the Senior Center, 30 Whittier Ct. 

UPDATE, 10:30 AM, Monday, September 17

Several hundred technicians began the re-lighting process in Andover's unaffected area. Residents can leave their cell phone number on the door if you will not be at home. Crews will be deployed to turn gas service on street by street. You are still encouraged to call (866) 388-3239 to ensure that Columbia Gas is aware of your service interruption. You can also find out if you are in the affected area by calling that number. Gas service restoration in the affected area continues to be evaluated by Columbia Gas and their utility partners. As soon as we learn more about that process, we will provide an update to the community. 

UPDATE, 5:38 PM, Sunday, September 16

Gas Restoration 

Eversource Energy and Columbia Gas are directing the gas service restoration process. For more information, visit Eversource's website. The town is in regular communication with the utility and will provide any updates to the public as they become available. 

Schools

 All Andover Public Schools and after school activities will resume at normal times tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. Buses will operate on normal schedules and food services at all schools will be available.

Greater Lawrence Technical School will be closed on Monday.

Trash and Recycling Pickup

Republic Services, will be collecting Friday’s service area on Monday and then running a holiday week schedule for the remainder of the week.

Therefore if your regular collection day is Friday, you will receive collection service on Monday. Monday service will be collected on Tuesday; Tuesday service will be collected on Wednesday, Wednesday service will be collected on Thursday, Thursday service will be collected on Friday, and Friday service will be collected on Saturday.

Republic Services understands that there will likely be increased rubbish volume this week - the added volume will be collected. Residents should make every reasonable effort to place trash bags in covered containers as always, in order to avoid litter. The town is coordinating with Republic Services to bring in additional resources if needed.

Residents with any questions are asked to refer to the Town of Andover website - www.andoverma.gov - or call the Department of Public Works on Monday at (978) 623-8700 and press 0 for the operator.

Food Waste Due to Power Outages

We practice basic safe food handling in our daily lives, but obtaining and storing food safely becomes more challenging during a power outage.

Steps to Follow During and After a Power Outage

-Never taste a food to determine its safety.

-Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature.

-Discard all refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, soft cheeses, milk, eggs, leftovers and deli items after 4 hours without power.

Remember: When in Doubt, Throw it Out!

Click here for more information on food safety.

Health Division

Businesses looking to contact the Health Division should call 978-623-8640 and leave a message, or send an email to health@andoverma.gov. Both are being monitored and staff will respond in a timely manner.

The Health Division Office will be open on Monday at 7 a.m.

Library

Memorial Hall Library will return to normal operating hours on Monday, opening at 9 a.m.

Water and Sewer

Andover Water & Sewer reports normal water system operation. The Water Treatment Plant continued to run through the duration of the gas emergency, and water remains completely safe for all uses.

Police Department

The Andover Police Department records office will open at 8 a.m. Monday.

Loss and Damage Claims

Residents who were displaced by this weekend's incident should make every effort to track the expenses they incurred -- including meals, hotel costs, property damage, spoiled food, lost wages or business income and other associated losses -- in order to ease the process of seeking reimbursement from Columbia Gas.
To initiate the claims process through Columbia Gas, please call 1-800-590-5571.

Updates will continue to be posted on the town's official website at www.andoverma.gov and on the town’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.


UPDATE: 6:55 AM, Sunday, September 16

All residents are cleared to return to their homes. Power restoration is expected this morning. 


UPDATE: 9:15 PM, Saturday, September 15

Town Manager Andrew P. Flanagan, Police Chief Patrick Keefe and Fire Chief Michael B. Mansfield report that the Town of Andover expects residents will be able to return to their homes early tomorrow morning.

Eversource Energy notified town officials that, of the 2,078 affected gas meters in Andover, more than 1,500 have now been shut down and cleared. Fourteen additional streets have been moved to the "Cleared" list in the last hour.

Town officials are working closely with utility crews, moving street by street to restore power to customers. The Town of Andover expects this work to be substantially completed by 7 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Town officials continue to update the cleared streets list on the Town website. To view that list, click here.

Residents in the "cleared" zone may return home immediately, but please note that gas service is not yet restored, and may not be for some time.

More than 100 teams of gas technicians, police officers, and firefighters are working in Andover at this time.

Residents whose homes are on the clear list, but whose gas was shut off as a precaution, should NOT attempt to turn their gas back on. Eversource crews will restore service when it is safe to do so, and residents should wait for Eversource to restore their service.

Eversource crews, in close cooperation with Andover Police and Fire personnel, are continuing the process of going door to door to shut off meters and ensure homes and businesses are safe to occupy. .

The Senior Center will remain open through tomorrow morning for residents who have been displaced.

Town of Andover Streets - Cleared & Not Cleared

Visit the link above or view PDF version here: Updated Street List 8:26 PM 9/15/18

UPDATE: 8:26, Saturday, September 15

Additional streets have been cleared to return. Visit the link above or view PDF version here: Updated Street List 8:26 PM 9/15/18


UPDATE: 11:00 AM, Saturday, September 15

An additional 40 streets have been cleared to return. Visit the link above or view PDF version here: Updated Street List 8:26 PM 9/15/18

UPDATE: 9:05 PM, Friday, September 14, 2018

This is a message from the town of Andover regarding the gas line explosions and fires that occurred yesterday. There were approximately 2,000 gas meters in Andover that were impacted during the event. The town has been able to identify the streets and neighborhoods that were not impacted and posted that "clear" list on the town's website – andoverma.gov. Those residents can return to their homes. In most cases, those houses will have electricity, but in some cases, they will not. If you were on that "clear" list and have returned to your home or business and out of precaution you had shut off your gas service, only a gas utility representative can turn your gas service back on. Do not turn the service back on yourself.

For the approximately 2,000 gas meters that were impacted, those residents should not return to their homes. Gas utility representatives in conjunction with fire and police personnel are going door to door to shut off meters and check for residual gas within the home. This will continue throughout the night. Once all shut offs are complete, the electricity can be restored. We hope to be able to report significant progress throughout the weekend. This is only the first step. Restoration of gas service will require additional steps. We expect Eversource to provide regular updates about service restoration.

We recommend that you continue to monitor the town's website for more information.


UPDATE: 3:45 PM, Friday, September 14, 2018

Town Manager Andrew P. Flanagan, Police Chief Patrick Keefe and Fire Chief Michael B. Mansfield seek to update members of the community about progress made in the efforts following yesterday's gas emergency and subsequent fires.

Governor Charlie Baker today declared a state of emergency in the communities of Lawrence, North Andover and Andover and placed Eversource Energy in charge of the response to this situation, removing Columbia Gas from its role.

“I applaud Governor Baker’s decision to use the full force of his office to support the repair and restoration efforts in the Merrimack Valley. People want to go back to their homes, and I am confident that this is a giant step in the right direction,” Town Manager Flanagan said. “Our attempts to work closely with Columbia Gas during this crisis have been met with little more than phone calls unreturned and questions unanswered.”

“We look forward to working with the Governor’s Office and Eversource to see this situation to completion,” added Chief Keefe, who serves as the Andover Emergency Management Director. “This has been a difficult two days, and our residents rightly deserve answers and reasonable expectations. We appreciate our residents’ patience during this transition.”

The town has received numerous generous offers of support, aid and supplies. Andover has established a single point of contact for all offers of support and donations. Email AndoverCommunitySupport@andoverma.usregarding any donations or offers of support.

Residents should consult this list on the Town of Andover website to determine whether or not they are cleared to return to their homes.

Homes and buildings on streets listed in the left column of the list are SAFE to return home, while those on streets named in the right column are NOT YET CLEARED to return.

An estimated 8,000 people across Andover, North Andover and Lawrence were displaced by the incident. Approximately 1,800 Andover homes remain under an evacuation advisory.

Crews consisting of a police officer, firefighter, and gas technician are currently going to door-to-door on the affected streets to ensure that gas service is disconnected, and homes are safe. Inspections are underway, and crews are making excellent progress at this time. As soon as authorities determine homes are safe, residents will be notified via CodeRed and social media that it is safe to return home.

Residents whose gas service has been shut off are advised not to turn it back on. A gas crew will have to reconnect and restart service safely. As this process is in flux, the town will provide a phone number for the proper utility company for residents to contact as soon as it is available.

National Grid has cut off the power to a portion of the Town of Andover. Power will be restored as soon as the utility companies determine it is safe to do so.

The Andover Senior Center and Cormier Youth Center, located at 30 Whittier Court, remain open to displaced residents. A charging station is on location at the Senior Center and Youth Center so that residents can charge their electronic devices.


UPDATE: 10:05 AM, Friday, September 14, 2018

The Town of Andover has compiled a list of streets that have been cleared to return to and NOT cleared to return to. The list will be updated as the Town of Andover receives more information throughout the recovery process

Town of Andover Streets - Cleared & Not Cleared 

 

IF YOU TURNED OFF YOUR GAS, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TURN IT BACK ON YOURSELF- CALL COLUMBIA GAS AT 866-388-3239


UPDATE : 12:30 AM Friday, September 14, 2018 

Andover Public Safety Officials Provide Update on Gas Emergency

ANDOVER — Town Manager Andrew P. Flanagan, Police Chief Patrick Keefe and Fire Chief Michael B. Mansfield report that certain town residents are clear to return home at this time.


1. Residents SOUTH of the intersection of Rt. 28 and Salem Street (toward North Reading) may return home at this time. They are not in the affected area.


2. Residents NORTH of Rt. 28 at Salem Street(toward Lawrence and the Merrimack River) should remain out of their homes at this time. A total of 20 teams, each consisting of a police officer, firefighter and natural gas technician will be going house-to-house to 1,800 affected natural gas customers in this area to verify that the gas meters are shut off, or to shut them off. The gas service will not be restored until the gas company determines it is safe to do so.


3. Residents in the unaffected zone (South of Rt. 28/Salem Street) but turned off your gas service manually, LEAVE IT OFF until a gas technician can come to your home and restore service properly.


The Town of Andover has made facilities available to residents displaced by today’s gas emergency and resulting fires. The Andover Senior Center and Youth Center, located at 30 Whittier Court are open to displaced residents.


An estimated 8,000 people across Andover, North Andover and Lawrence have been displaced by today’s incident.


National Grid has cut off the power to a portion of town. Power will be restored as soon as the utility companies determine it is safe to do so.


Andover Public Schools are closed Friday, and after-school activities are cancelled.


“Ensuring safety in the area and protecting residents is the highest priority at this time,” Town Manager Flanagan said. “This is a major event, and I want to thank our first responders and residents for their teamwork as we prepare to begin the recovery process.”


All fires in Andover had been extinguished as of 6:45 p.m. Three people were injured in Andover as a result of this incident, including two firefighters and one civilian. Six additional civilians who could not safely evacuate from their homes have been transported to Lawrence General Hospital for treatment for pre-existing medical conditions.


Town Manager Flanagan has been in regular communication with Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera and North Andover Town Manager Andrew Maylor as well as Governor Charlie Baker and officials from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.


At 5:01 p.m., Andover Fire Rescue struck a 10-alarm response, its maximum traditional fire response. That directed 20 fire engines and 10 fire ladder trucks to the Town of Andover plus the town’s entire fire department. However, a lot of those resources were diverted by concurrent 10-alarm situations in Lawrence and North Andover. (In fact, many of the units directed to respond to Andover were North Andover and Lawrence fire units that were already responding to emergencies in their communities.)


Chief Michael Mansfield requested through MEMA, two additional fire task forces to respond to Andover. This sent an additional 20 engines and ladder trucks total to Andover. Chief Mansfield also requested an ambulance task force, sending 10 ambulances to Andover.


A total of 38 active fires in Andover were put out during today’s emergency, with 18 fires burning simultaneously at the peak of the incident. Firefighters also responded to 17 gas leaks.


Chief Keefe notes that police resources from throughout Massachusetts responded to Andover, including the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) Rapid Response Team, the NEMLEC Motor Unit, and the Massachusetts State Police. Chief Mansfield is grateful for the response of so many agencies including MEMA, The State Fire Marshal’s Office, and fire departments from as far away as Boston, Needham, and Belmont.


More information will be provided as soon as it becomes available. Updates will be made at www.andoverma.gov and on the town’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

UPDATE: 9:30 PM, Thursday, September 13, 2018 

Andover Public Schools are closed tomorrow, Friday, September 14, 2018


UPDATE: 7:07 PM, September 13, 2018

Town Manager Andrew P. Flanagan, Police Chief Patrick E. Keefe, and Fire Chief Michael Mansfield report that the Town of Andover is currently involved in a major gas-related emergency.

At 5:01 p.m., Andover Fire-Rescue Department struck a 10-alarm response, its maximum traditional fire response. That directed 20 fire engines and 10 fire ladder trucks to the Town of Andover plus the town’s entire fire department. However, a lot of those resources were diverted by concurrent 10-alarm situations in Lawrence and North Andover.

Chief Michael Mansfield requested through the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, two additional fire task forces to respond to Andover. This sent an additional 20 engines and ladder trucks total to Andover. Chief Mansfield also requested an ambulance task force, sending 10 ambulances to Andover.

Andover responded and put out 35 total fires in Andover. At peak, 18 fires were burning at the same time. ALL FIRES HAVE BEEN EXTINGUISHED, however fire crews will remain in Andover throughout the evening.

These are gas-related fires. Columbia Gas is working to shut off gas service, and we will re-evaluate from there.

At least three people have been injured in Andover, including one firefighter and at least two civilians.

Chief Keefe notes that police resources from throughout Massachusetts have responded to Andover, including the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) Rapid Response Team, the NEMLEC Motor Unit, and the Massachusetts State Police. Chief Mansfield is grateful for the response of so many agencies including MEMA, The State Fire Marshal’s Office, and fire departments from as far away as Boston, Needham, and Belmont.

The Andover Senior Center and Andover Youth Center have been open for residents who have been displaced. Additional facilities may be opened if necessary.

More information will be provided as soon as it becomes available. Updates will be made at www.andoverma.govand on the town’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.


UPDATE: 5:53 PM. September 13, 2018

ATTENTION ANDOVER: If you know how to safely shut off your gas, please do so. Residents and businesses are being advised to evacuate. We will share updates as soon as possible.

The Senior Center at 30 Whittier Court is being opened for displaced residents.

The Town of Andover has activated its Emergency Operations Center. 

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