Construction crews working near Allen Street Wednesday afternoon accidentally punctured a natural gas line, causing an outage affecting more than 100 residences and businesses. Those affected are in an area bordered by Allen and Vine Streets, as well as E. 19th to E. 23rd Streets.

Midwest Energy crews are on scene and making repairs to the line, which will take several hours. When repairs are complete, Midwest Energy will go door-to-door to safely purge air from gas lines and re-light gas appliances (furnaces, stoves, water heaters, etc). Customers should not re-light their own appliances. Please see the Midwest Energy Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/MidwestEnergy for updates on re-lighting work.

Customers affected by the outage who wish to schedule a re-light at their convenience should call Midwest Energy at 1-800-222-3121.