CROOKSVILLE, Ohio (WTVN) -- Columbia Gas technicians have restored service to more than 50 percent of customers in Crooksville after it went off Wednesday morning.

Natural gas service to approximately 1,000 Columbia Gas of Ohio customers in the Crooksville area was interrupted as a result of a mechanical failure at the point of delivery to the distribution system that serves Crooksville. 

The restoration process requires Columbia Gas employees and contractors to enter individual homes and businesses to conduct safety inspections and relight appliances. By law and for safety reasons, only Columbia Gas employees and contractors are capable of restoring service.  

As service restoration continues, Columbia Gas asks that customers leave their porch lights on to indicate their service has not yet been restored.  Service is expected to be restored by midnight to all accessible homes and businesses.  

The Perry County Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with the Red Cross, closed the warming shelter at the New Lexington High School. Anyone with shelter needs is asked to contact the Perry County EMA at (740) 342-1141.

Alternate shelter facilities are available in the Crooksville area.

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