Tayside and Central Scotland

Clackmannanshire gas leak: engineers reconnecting gas supply

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Media captionGas engineers hope to have reconnected most of the affected homes by the end of Thursday

Engineers are continuing to reconnect thousands of people in Clackmannanshire who have been without gas supplies since Tuesday afternoon.

A pipe accidentally damaged by a farmer near Fishcross has been repaired - but gas workers must revisit every customer before services are restored.

About 95% of homes in Dollar and 90% in Coalsnaughton have had their gas reconnected.

Work to restore the supplies to houses in Tillicoultry is 15% complete.

Scotland Gas Networks (SGN) said some customers were unlikely to be reconnected before Friday.

SGN's engineers have called at each affected property to ensure thatall gas systems have been shut down before beginning to restore supplies.

Image caption The gas main was badly damaged by a farmer doing drainage work

Residents will not be able to use their gas again until engineers have called for a second time to restore the supply.

People were being asked to stay at home rather than go to work until their gas had been switched off, or to leave the key with a neighbour, relative or friend.

SGN said they were using locksmiths and the police to help gain access to any homes where they had not been able to get inside.

Dollar Academy re-opened on Thursday after its 1,200 pupils were told to stay at home on Wednesday.

All other schools in the area were closed to pupils for in service days.

Elderly and vulnerable residents have been given temporary heaters and cooking equipment as temperatures plummeted to well below freezing overnight.

The pipe was severed by a farmer doing drainage work near Fishcross, and homes were affected in Dollar, Tillicoultry and Fishcross, as well as some smaller surrounding villages.

SGN said it had made a permanent repair to the broken gas pipe at about 01:00 on Wednesday.

Homeowners automatically receive £30 compensation after their supplies are disrupted for 24 hours, rising by another £30 for each subsequent 24 hour period without gas.

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