Thousands of customers without service after widespread gas outage in Stanly County

Schools are closed for all students and staff at nine schools.
Duke Energy says a third-party contractor significantly damaged a six-inch transmission natural gas one on Tuesday at approximately 5 p.m.
Published: Dec. 14, 2022 at 5:37 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 14, 2022 at 6:54 AM EST
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STANLY COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) – A widespread natural gas outage has affected around 3,000 Piedmont Natural Gas customers and led to the closure of several Stanly County schools on Wednesday and Thursday.

Duke Energy says a third-party contractor significantly damaged a six-inch transmission natural gas one on Tuesday at approximately 5 p.m. near Oakboro, N.C. on Barbees Grove Road near Highway 138.

Multiple Piedmont crews from around the Carolinas are working to make repairs as quickly and as safely as possible. Due to the extent of damage and the complexity of repairs required, impacted customers should prepare to be without gas service through Friday.

Although Duke Energy anticipates starting to restore service as early as Thu, Dec. 15, some service relights may carry into Fri, Dec. 16.

Approximately 3,200 residences and businesses are currently without service. Additional crews have been called in from across the Carolinas and are onsite making repairs, company officials said.

According to the district, the impacted schools are:

  • Albemarle High
  • Albemarle Middle
  • Central
  • East Albemarle
  • Aquadale
  • Norwood
  • South Stanly Middle
  • South Stanly High
  • STEM Early College

Schools will continue to be closed for all students and staff at these schools on Thursday. All athletic events and other after-school activities are canceled for these schools.

“We are looking at probably multiple days,” said Jason Wheatley of Piedmont Natural Gas. “Right now we’re anticipating it’s probably going to be until some time Friday before everyone is back on. We’re hopeful that by later this evening we will be able to start turning people back on, turning services back on, but we’re going to start with critical infrastructure, things like hospitals, nursing homes, and then we’ll work down the list from there.”

Several road-closed signs were posted in Stanly County as crews work to repair the gas line.

On Wednesday afternoon the county announced that beginning at 5:00 pm on December 14, Stanly County Emergency Management and Stanly County Health and Human Services will open an emergency shelter at Anderson Grove Baptist Church Family Life Center. If you have any questions regarding the shelter or need assistance, please call 704-986-3700.

If you are sick, you will be asked to wear a mask and will be physically distanced from others at the shelter.

The location is Anderson Grove Baptist Church - Family Life Center 106 Anderson Grove Church Road, in Albemarle.

What to bring:

● Medications

● Personal supplies (toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth, soap, etc.)

● Baby supplies (if needed)

● Pillows

● Blankets or sleeping bags

● Phones & chargers

● Books, games, cards

Do not bring:

● Alcohol

● Illicit drugs

● Weapons

An on-site pet shelter will be available for dogs & cats. No aggressive animals will be accepted. Please bring necessary food, water, and bedding for your animal.