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CenterPoint customers in Paynesville lost their gas supply last night after construction worker cut line

A construction worker hit a gas line, cutting the city's supply.

CenterPoint Energy customers in the city of Paynesville were without gas overnight after a construction worker cut a gas main on Tuesday afternoon.

The utility said it set about immediately to restore service to customers in the central Minnesota city, after a third-party contractor carrying out excavation work "hit and cut a six-inch underground steel natural gas main" near Minne Street and Washburn Avenue.

It left around 1,400 customers without gas appliances or gas-fired furnaces dealing with below-freezing temperatures as the night drew in.

Eventually, the gas supply was restored to the city at 2:45 a.m., with around 100 of CenterPoint's technicians then having to visit each customer to turn on their valves and relight their pilot lights.

It's expected that this process will continue into Wednesday afternoon, a city spokesperson told KARE 11.

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A small number of customers had to be temporarily evacuated from their homes on Tuesday as a precaution, though were later allowed to return to their home.

"We sincerely apologize for the hardship the natural gas service outage in Paynesville may be causing you and your family or business," CenterPoint said.

You can find details of the outage and the recovery efforts here. 

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