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Efforts to restore gas supplies in Wirksworth to resume from 8am

Water got into the gas pipes there yesterday morning.

Efforts to restore gas supplies in Wirksworth will resume later this morning.

It's following disruption yesterday, which affected nearly a thousand homes and businesses locally.

Cadent will return to the Derbyshire Dales at 8am, as they aim to fix the problem.

The company released this statement at 11pm last night;

Your local gas network Cadent can report good progress this evening in the major operation to restore gas supplies in Wirksworth, Derbyshire.
 
We have now been able to gain access to 80 per cent of homes and businesses known to be affected, confirming the gas supply to each is turned off at the meter.
 
This confirmation – that the gas supply is turned off at the meter, at every meter – is an essential phase in the process to restore gas. We will start our visits again early in the morning.
 
We are appealing for your help in reaching the remaining 20 per cent. Please arrange for someone to be at home or make arrangements to enable us to access your property. Please do not turn off your own gas supply unless you are advised to do so by Cadent. Otherwise wait for an engineer to call. If you need to go out, please let us know via direct message on Facebook or Twitter, ring on 0345 835 1111, or visit us at the town hall. Perhaps make arrangements for a neighbour or relative to have a key to your house so we can get in?
 
Having now visited (some twice) each of the 1,500 properties initially thought to be affected, we can now confirm that the actual number experiencing no gas is 931.
 
You will know that gas supplies were lost yesterday (8 October) evening after a large amount of water from a burst water main entered the local gas mains network. Cadent engineers have stopped any more water getting into the gas network and are now working hard to get all the water out. This is a big task and will take some time.
 
We have been working closely with – and are very grateful for the support of – officials from the local authority to make visits to our more vulnerable customers. We are offering every assistance we can and have a team based at the town hall (Coldwell Street) to answer your questions. They will be back from 8am tomorrow (Thursday) until late into the evening.
 
All our engineers carry identification. Please ask to see it before allowing anyone into your home.
 
Thank you everyone in Wirksworth for your incredible understanding and support. We know it’s disruptive and not nice for you not to have gas and we are working hard to restore your supply.

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