Gas line repairs ruined lawns in neighborhood

Posted 5/22/19

I’m a senior citizen/retired/ disabled veteran who has lived on South George Street for more than 40 years. Last winter National Grid started replacing our low pressure gas line with a high …

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Gas line repairs ruined lawns in neighborhood

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I’m a senior citizen/retired/ disabled veteran who has lived on South George Street for more than 40 years. Last winter National Grid started replacing our low pressure gas line with a high pressure line, long overdue.

The past few winters every time the temperature was near zero or below our gas meters would freeze solid, so much water in the old line. In November, I spent Thanksgiving night with electric heaters, trying to prevent my water pipes from freezing while a crew from National Grid replaced my gas meter and blew out the gas line.

The work replacing the line was finished in late winter/early spring. This project left our street looking like a construction zone. Lawns are a mess. If a plan exists to repair damage, I have received no information. I have sent multiple emails to my rep on the city council, Kim Rogers, and one to the mayor’ s office. No results.

Two lawns in the middle of the street were repaired several weeks ago. I think National Grid was responsible but I’m not sure. Why start in the middle and stop work?

If I were able, I would repair my own lawn even though it is National Grid’s responsibility. I would be very thankful if you or the city could provide any assistance to the residents of South George Street.

— Ace Wilburn, Rome

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