Families force to stay in hotel after Lexington gas leak

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Some people in a Lexington neighborhood spent days without heat, but it wasn't because of electricity.

Crews were working to repair a broken water pipe, when a gas line was ruptured, cutting off gas to an entire Lexington street. The homes were along Thurman Drive.

A Columbia Gas official tells WKYT that most of the homes had the gas restored around one Thursday morning. But some who live along the street say they are still upset by the inconvenience of it all.

Jonathan McGuffey and his wife have been staying in a hotel, provided by Columbia Gas, for several days. McGuffey came home to check on the pets he had to leave behind.

"They're doing ok, but they're kinda suffering a little bit because I have to leave them in there. And sometimes they can't get to the food and can't get to the water, cause I put them up so the people could come in and re-light the water heater," said McGuffey.

McGuffey said that had not been done when he came back to check on his home Thursday morning.

"They left a little thing on my door, saying 'Sorry, we missed you. Call this number.'"

According to Columbia Gas, originally, there were 12 customers without gas service. That number is now down to four. They say weather has greatly hampered their efforts to get service restored.

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