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Two other homes on the same block were damaged by fire earlier that ... Atmos also operates in Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, Louisiana and Mississippi. "We have never seen the circumstances that we saw this week," CEO and President ...


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In a Friday, Feb23, 2018 photo, students from Stephen CFoster Elementary are evacuated and loaded onto school buses As a precaution following a house explosion in DallasAuthorities said early Thursday, March 1, that Natural gas service will be shut down to thousands of Dallas homes following a series of leaks that has brought repeated evacuations in the wake of a house explosion that killed a 12-year-old girl The Dallas Morning News via AP Tom Fox In a Friday, Feb23, 2018 photo, students from Stephen CFoster Elementary are evacuated and loaded onto school buses As a precaution following a house explosion in DallasAuthorities said early Thursday, March 1, that Natural gas service will be shut down to thousands of Dallas homes following a series of leaks that has brought repeated evacuations in the wake of a house explosion that killed a 12-year-old girl The Dallas Morning News via AP Tom Fox jQuery(document).ready(function () { mi.leadAssets.init(); }); Business Gas service stops for thousands of Dallas homes due to leaks By DAVID WARREN Associated Press LinkedIn Google+ Pinterest Reddit Print Order Reprint of this Story $(document).ready(function () { mi.articleShareTools.init({ nextLinkedin: '10267', nextPinterest: '10221' }); mi.socialSharingScroll.init(); }); March 01, 2018 11:33 PM DALLAS Natural gas service was shut down Thursday to thousands of Dallas homes following a series of leaks that has brought repeated evacuations in the wake of a house explosion that killed a 12-year-old girl. Gas service will be discontinued for up to three weeks to about 2,800 homes northwest of downtown as gas lines are replaced and other work is done by more than 120 Atmos Energy crews, authorities said at a news conference. Dallas-based Atmos, the country's largest natural gas distributor, will compensate residents who choose to stay in hotels or incur other expenses during the disruption. Thursday's announcement by Atmos was the latest development to roil an area of the city where hundreds have been evacuated since an explosion Friday knocked a home off its foundation and collapsed its roofThe National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates accidents occurring during the transport of natural gas and other products through pipeline systems, described it as "a natural-gas fueled explosion." A young girl, Linda Rogers, was killed and members of her family injured. jQuery(document).ready(function () { mi.renderNewsletterIframe.init({ container: '#newsletter-signUpWidget', url: 'http://x.email.kentucky.com/ats/url.aspx?cr=663&wu=186,http://x.email.kentucky.com/ats/url.aspx?cr=663&wu=190,http://x.email.kentucky.com/ats/url.aspx?cr=663&wu=196' }); }); Never miss a local story. Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of unlimited digital access. SUBSCRIBE NOW jQuery(document).ready(function () { mi.calltoActionCtrl.init(); }); Two other homes on the same block were damaged by fire earlier that week and NTSB investigators are determining whether leaks were contributing factors. Over the ensuing days, some were allowed to return to their homes while other blocks were evacuated as crews worked to pinpoint leaksDallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, the county's top administrator, said Thursday that one line alone had more than two-dozen leaksIn addition to the hundreds of homes, authorities evacuated an apartment complex, elementary school and fire station. Atmos executives, who oversee a network that includes more than 3 million customers in eight states, say the events in Dallas are unprecedentedAtmos also operates in Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, Louisiana and Mississippi. "We have never seen the circumstances that we saw this week," CEO and President Mike Haefner said. Heavy rains have inundated North Texas in recent weeks — the National Weather Service says the month of February saw record rainfall in the region of more than 11 inches — and Kevin Akers, senior vice president for safety and enterprise services for Atmos, said the water caused underground pressure that pushed two different rock formations upward. "That means with the extended rain that we have, the amount of rain and runoff and how that flows underground, causes ..those formations to expand up and puts pressure on our system, thus causing leakage," Akers said. Aging, inflexible pipes are being replaced with thick, high-grade plastic ones that offer flexibility when pressure is applied. Studies over the years by the University of Texas at Arlington and other groups have shown rock formations of clay and other soils in the area expand when saturatedThe expansion creates stress that can crack objects buried in the soil. Atmos has promised to replace mains in the area, get residents back in their homes as quickly as possible, and take other steps. "We will hold them accountable and make sure they live up to those promises," Dallas City Manager T.CBroadnax said. ___ Follow David Warren on Twitter at https://twitter.com/WarrenJourno A Wednesday, Feb28, 2018 photo shows the home where Linda Rogers, 12 died in a gas explosion in DallasAuthorities said early Thursday, March 1, that Natural gas service will be shut down to thousands of Dallas homes following a series of leaks that has brought repeated evacuations in the wake of the house explosion The Dallas Morning News via AP Vernon Bryant Construction workers around the Larga Drand Bolivar intersection unload gas pipes in a neighborhood of northwest Dallas on Thursday, March 1, 2018About 2,800 homes in northwest Dallas near the site of a deadly house explosion will be without gas service for as long as three weeks as Atmos Energy completely replaces gas linesOfficials say recent heavy rains and "unique geological conditions" have contributed to a series of gas leaks in recent days The Dallas Morning News via AP Nathan Hunsinger Gas meters removed from houses are stacked at a temporary headquarters in a neighborhood of northwest Dallas on Thursday, March 1, 2018About 2,800 homes in northwest Dallas near the site of a deadly house explosion will be without gas service for as long as three weeks as Atmos Energy completely replaces gas lines The Dallas Morning News via AP Nathan Hunsinger Crews work on gas lines after a fire station was evacuated due to a gas leak on Tuesday, Feb27, 2018 in DallasThe evacuation follows a gas explosion about 2 miles away that killed 12-year-old Linda Rogers last week The Dallas Morning News via AP Ashley Landis In a Tuesday, Feb27, 2018 photo, Jennifer Altieri, right, director of public affairs for Atmos Energy, speaks to concerned citizens at a town hall meeting to address the concerns of people who are effected by Atmos Energy gas leaks, at Foster Elementary in DallasNatural gas service will be shut down to thousands of Dallas homes following a series of leaks that has brought repeated evacuations in the wake of a house explosion that killed a 12-year-old girl Ashley Landis Jose Fiscal takes a moment with his deceased daughter, 12-year-old Linda Rogers, during her memorial service and viewing of at Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas on Thursday, March 1, 2018Rogers was killed in a gas explosion at her home in Dallas The Dallas Morning News via AP Rose Baca A young girl cries during a memorial service and viewing for 12-year-old Linda Rogers at Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas on Thursday, March 1, 2018Rogers was killed in a gas explosion at her home in Dallas The Dallas Morning News via AP Rose Baca Jose Fiscal, center, father of deceased 12-year-old Linda Rogers, is consoled by a friend during a memorial service and viewing for his daughter at Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas on Thursday, March 1, 2018Rogers was killed in a gas explosion at her home in Dallas The Dallas Morning News via AP Rose Baca Pictures and mementos line a memory table during a memorial service and viewing of 12-year-old Linda Rogers at Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas on Thursday, March 1, 2018Rogers was killed in a gas explosion at her home in Dallas The Dallas Morning News via AP Rose Baca 1 of 9 lazyLoadingModule("inlinegallery-template-202977329", "inlinegallery-target-202977329", "gallery",500, undefined, undefined, undefined, "undef

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