Police Scotland co-ordinating response to gas outage in Falkirk
Published 01 December 2019
Police Scotland is co-ordinating a multi-agency response following a gas outage in parts of the Falkirk area.
Earlier today, SGN reported more than 8,000 properties in the Bainsford, Carron, Carronshore, Larbert, Langlees, New Carron Village, Skinflats and Stenhousemuir areas of Falkirk were without gas and have been working to resolve the issue.
SGN will need to visit all affected properties to turn off each individual gas supply at the meter and it is anticipated that supplies will not be restored for a number of days.
A customer information centre has been set up at Camelon Community Centre on Abercrombie Street, Camelon, FK1 4HA. This centre is open until 10pm this evening and will reopen at 8am tomorrow.
Additionally, electric cooking and heating appliances are available at the community centre, or by calling SGN’s Customer service team, for affected residents who are elderly, disabled, chronically sick, have young children or other special needs.
Falkirk Council is also supporting the response and has social work and housing services to assist with contacting people in affected areas. Council officers will be prioritising vulnerable people in the community and are ensuring their needs are met first.
As a precaution, a number of schools and educational facilities will be closed on Monday 2 December. Further details are available on the Falkirk Council website here; https://www.falkirk.gov.uk/news/article.aspx?aid=6378
Police Scotland is supporting partners including, SGN, Falkirk Council, other emergency services, NHS, voluntary groups and additional utility providers, at the community centre.
Superintendent Daniel Hatfield said: “We are working closely with partner agencies to respond to the gas outage and would urge people to follow SGN and Falkirk Council’s social media channels for updates and accurate information.
“Work is ongoing to identify and make contact with people in affected areas and we are prioritising vulnerable people to ensure their welfare. The local community in Falkirk is great at supporting each other and I would urge anyone with elderly or vulnerable neighbours or family to check in on them.”
For more information visit www.sgn.co.uk
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