National Grid reported at 9 am on Wednesday that they made significant progress working through the night to bring the gas system in Middletown back to full pressure and begin the final step of the restoration process—relights. As of this morning, 138 of 340 affected homes have been relit.

National Grid has shut off more than 5,600 of the 6,400 meters in Newport, bringing  the first phase of restoration close to completion in the heavily impacted town.

In order to provide information related to the gas incident and to complete the relight process, National Grid personnel will be going to door-to-door. As a reminder, every National Grid employee carries a photo ID card, and any contractor doing work for the company is also required to carry ID. If someone requesting entry into your home or place of business does not show an ID card, don’t let that person in and please call National Grid or your local law enforcement.

Our Community Assistance Vans are in the area with customer service representatives and our 24-hour Information Center at Gurney’s Newport Resort is providing space heaters with a limit of 2 per-household today .

“Click to view a map  of the areas affected by the outages on Aquidneck Island. Please note there may be customers in that area that are not impacted”, says National Grid on their website.

National Grid has refused to make public a schedule of what zones are being serviced or next to be serviced.

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