Some 45-hundred southern Iowans who’ve been without natural gas since Sunday may soon be able to turn on the stoves and heaters again. Lenox city supervisor Jim Rice says crews are nearing the end of repairs of the broken gas pipeline across the Nodaway River in Taylor County.He says they’re in the process of pressure testing the new pipe. If it passes the test, he says they can go ahead and finish the repair and let the natural gas flow. Rice says they’ll then go house-to-house and re-lit the pilot lights of the residents in Lenox, Bedford and Clearfield. Rice says it could still be a couple of days before they get around to everyone. He says they’ll start tonight , but says it may be tonight, all day tomorrow and possibly into Thursday before they get to every customer. A tree floating down the Nodaway River is believed to have hit the pipeline and caused the break.
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