The company states that due to liquids entering the system, it has had to shut down service for the safety of its customers. Many are left without heat with temperatures in the teens this afternoon.
City workers and "One-Call" locator trucks have been out marking utility lines for the gas service to dig and make repairs. The City of Jacksboro's Robert Tomison was out marking water and sewer lines from the center of the intersection of Fifth and Belknap streets for a 150 foot radius to avoid the lines being damaged while Texas Gas makes repairs. A "One-Call" truck and contractor were three blocks west marking power lines.
Wichita Falls American Red Cross volunteers have arrived at the Twin Lakes Activity Center. They have cots set up, food and snacks waiting for those in need of a warm place during the outage though as of 3:30 p.m. only one Jacksboro resident was taking refuge there.
The press release from Texas Gas Service reads that it is mobilizing crews from around the state of Texas and from its sister company Oklahoma Gas Service to restore gas to the community.
There are also plans for TGS to bring compressed natural gas trailers to provide service to Faith Community Hospital and assisted living facilities. Jacksboro Newspapers has received reports that those trucks will not arrive until later in the evening.
TGS has not commented on how long it expects the outage to last.