Businesses In Merrimack Valley Struggle After Gas Explosions

ANDOVER, MA (WBZ-AM) -- A week after over-pressurized gas lines caused dozens of explosions and fires in the Merrimack Valley. Hundreds of residents and businesses are feeling the effects of the disaster.

In Andover, the town has identified over 1,800 gas customers who are still waiting got their their gas service restored. 

Town Manager Andrew P. Flanagan says about 70 businesses in his town have been impacted. While they have electricity no gas means no service

"With no gas service, they're unable to use their kitchens, They have no hot water," he said.

Dariels Batista works at LaRosa's, an Italian restaurant on Barnard Street, -it's one of the few restaurants in town are making the best of a bad situation. Despite having no gas, they decided to reopen this week, but with a limited menu.

Other restaurants like Grassfields are in the process of converting to propane. They hope to be serving customers again in a couple weeks.

The Town is expediting the permitting process and fees are being waives to those impacted by the disaster.

Columbia Gas has opened a property claims center in both Andover and North Andover at 115 Main Street. They will be open from Noon until 8 p.m. Lawrence residents can go to 1 Market St where a claim center will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Bernice Corpuz (@BerniceWBZ) reports

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