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Engineers begin to restore gas after 8000 homes cut off

Thousands of properties were affected during freezing conditions after a fault in the gas network.

Operation: SGN has set up an information centre at Camelon Community Centre.
Operation: SGN has set up an information centre at Camelon Community Centre. STV

A network has started to restore supplies to homes that were left without gas in freezing conditions after a failure in the network.

Scottish Gas Network (SGN) have launched a major operation after around 8000 properties in the Falkirk area were affected on Sunday.

Shortly after 4.30pm on Monday, the company stated they had begun to reconnect supplies but it would take engineers "a couple of days to reach everyone".

By Monday night, supplies were restored to 3000 homes.

A spokesperson stated: "Following incredible efforts from our engineers over the past 36 hours, we've now begun reconnecting gas supplies to homes across the Bainsford, Carron, Carronshore, Larbert, Langlees, New Carron Village, Skinflats and Stenhousemuir areas of Falkirk.

"Our engineers will be revisiting each affected property to reconnect your gas supply, which involves carrying out safety checks. It's important you don't try to turn on your gas supply yourself.

"We have more than 8000 properties to visit and it will take us a couple of days to reach everyone.

"We're prioritising those most vulnerable members of the community first, but we'll be making every effort to get gas back on to everyone's homes as soon as possible."

The company said a fault in a piece of equipment that regulates pressure in the gas network was to blame.

Engineers went door-to-door to turn off supplies in affected properties.

Fourteen schools, nurseries and education facilities in the area were closed on Monday due to the issue.

SGN has set up an information centre at Camelon Community Centre.

The centre closed at 10pm on Monday, with a view of reopening at 8.30am on Tuesday.

Electric hot plates and heaters are available for residents with young children and vulnerable and older people.

The company added: "We're still providing electric hot plates and heaters for people with young children, a disability, a long-term mental or physical condition or who are a bit older.

"The electricity network company SP Energy Networks is monitoring the increased electricity demand in the area and is advising residents to be mindful of how you're using electricity over the next few days - heat the rooms you're using, wrap up warm and don't have your devices turned on at once.

"Please remember to always check the ID of anyone calling at your home. All our engineers carry photo ID badges, as do other official organisations."

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