Gas restored to 1,300 homes, businesses in Overlea

Water damage prevents 200 from resuming service

October 28, 2004|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

Natural gas service had been restored yesterday to about 1,300 of the nearly 2,000 homes and businesses in Overlea affected by dual water and gas main breaks Saturday, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. reported.

But about 200 of those buildings had sustained enough water damage in their gas lines to require the service of a private contractor, BGE officials said, meaning the gas could not be turned on for those customers.

The problems began Saturday when 6-inch water and gas mains buried together under Belair Road and Cardwell Avenue burst, and water infiltrated the gas system. By yesterday afternoon, utility workers had pumped more than 50,000 gallons of water out of the 6-inch gas main and a 10-inch main connected to it, said Linda Foy, BGE spokeswoman.

A new 6-inch gas main was being installed under Cardwell Avenue yesterday, and about 300 utility employees - many of whom have been working 16-hour shifts - had replaced more than 100 water-filled gas meters, Foy said. BGE officials estimated the repairs and restoration would cost the company about $2 million.

As restoration of service continued, residents were assessing who might be liable for damages. The Baltimore City Department of Public Works operates Baltimore County's water system, which includes the Cardwell Avenue main.

State Insurance Commissioner Alfred W. Redmer Jr. said his staff had reviewed many standard insurance contracts and believed that, in most cases, claims related to the water damage should be covered.

He said his office would appeal any denial of claims, but as of yesterday no one had contacted him with information about formal denials.

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