RESTORING gas supplies to hundreds of homes in Nantyglo may take several days to complete, residents are being warned.
Supplies were interrupted to approximately 755 properties in the area on Wednesday night, when water from a burst main in Waun Heulog, Nantyglo, got into a gas pipe.
“Our engineers have visited every property affected to make sure the gas supply is turned off, and are now working to remove the water from the gas pipe," said a Wales and West utilities spokesman.
"Once this is completed we will be visiting each property again to safely turn their gas supplies back on.
“We are working round the clock to resolve this issue. We are as yet unable to give an exact time when gas supplies will be restored. This is a complex operation that may take several days to complete.
"Gas supplies will not all be restored at the same time, but we will keep people updated as to how we are progressing with this."
The streets affected are: Banna Bungalows, Bryn Awelon, Chapel Road, Cwm Crachen, Farm Road, Limestone Road, Limestone Road East, Lakeside Close, Lakeside Way, Market Road, New Road, Round House Close, Ty Heulwen, Waun Ebbw Road, Waun Ebbw Bungalows, Waun Fawr, Waun Heulog, Wesley Buildings, and Woodlands Terrace.
“We have so far distributed 85 fan heaters and 82 hot plates for warming food to vulnerable customers, and if anyone needs assistance, or knows of a neighbour who may, please contact either our staff in the area, or call our customer services team on 0800 912 2999 so we can make sure that they are looked after," said the spokesman.
“Abertillery and Ebbw Vale Sports Centres are available for washing and shower facilities."
The centres' opening times are: Abertillery - Tuesday-Friday, 6.30am-10pm; Saturday, 7am-5pm; Sunday, 8.30am-5pm. Ebbw Vale - Tuesday- Friday, 6.30am-10pm; Saturday, 8am-4pm; Sunday, 8am-8pm. On Bank Holiday Monday, Abertillery leisure centre is closed, Ebbw Vale is open from 8am-4pm.
"We are working closely with the local community housing association and social services," said the spokesman.
“We would like to thank the community for their assistance while we work to restore gas supplies as safely and as quickly as possible.”