Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Kimball residents awoke Tuesday morning to chilly homes and businesses after the district regulator station froze. Moisture in the gas line caused the rare freeze-up, and nearly 50 CenterPoint Energy personnel and nearly as many trucks swarmed into Kimball throughout the day. The problem was identified and fixed, and individual gas meters for 350 customers had to be turned off then later turned on and pilot lights re-lit. CenterPoint Energy personnel, sometimes accompanied by police, worked until 8:30 Tuesday night to get everyone's gas turned back on. A heater cable should ensure this won't happen again, and the new regulator is on a temporary 24-hour-a-day watch to make sure moisture doesn't become a problem again. If you think your home or business was chilly Tuesday, these guys, Peter Brandel, Randy Litchy and Jim Snell, worked outdoors through the day to get the gas flowing again to Kimball. Several others went door-to-door taking care of gas meters and pilot lights.