Talbot Co. warns residents of potential gas heat loss

EASTON, Md. - UPDATE (9:30 p.m.) -- Officials in Talbot County are scaling back their warning to Easton Utilities customers. 

Talbot County Department of Emergency Services posted the following message to its Facebook account: 

"This is the Talbot County Department of Emergency Services with an important message for Easton Utilities natural gas customers. The situation began this morning due to a problem with a distribution pipeline serving the Eastern Shore.
"The situation is stabilizing and the system pressure is steadily rising. There is no immediate need to seek other shelter for the night. Easton Utilities still ask customers to be conservative with natural gas use tonight. However, as a precaution, the public shelter at St. Michaels High School will remain open in case people do lose their heat and have nowhere else to go. Updates can be found at Easton Utilities Facebook Page.
"ALSO, Talbot County Public Schools will be operating on a 90 minute delay for ALL Talbot County Schools with no morning Pre-K (htg)"




ORIGINAL -- Talbot County Emergency Services is warning residents of Easton that subscribe to Easton Utilities and have natural gas that there is potential for their home's gas lines to be shut off sometime tonight.

According to Tim McNeil, Division Chief at Talbot County 911 Services, commercial businesses in Easton have already had natural gas shutoff to them because their consumption levels are higher than residential homes.

McNeil said Easton Utilities may have to take this drastic step because of extremely high natural gas consumption along the east coast due to the extremely cold temperatures.  Easton is at the end of the natural gas pipeline loop.

Talbot Co. Emergency Services urges residents of Easton to seek shelter with family, friends, or another location that does not depend on natural gas for heat.

A public shelter will be opening at 8p.m. at St. Michaels High School located at  200 Seymour Ave, St Michaels, MD 21663.

Residents with questions are urged to contact Easton Utilities at 410-822-6110.

Anyone that has questions, concerns, or requires transportation to the public shelter can call 410-770-8160.

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