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Gas back on for 'most' houses in Jennings

Posted at 11:20 PM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 09:16:09-05

TULSA, Okla. — The City of Jennings declared a state of Emergency after its gas service went out Tuesday morning, leaving many resident without access to heaters, stoves, and warm water.

By Thursday morning Mayor Kevin Wright told 2 Works for You 'most' houses had gas again. He said the trucks got to the town around 10:15 Wednesday.

Keystone, the parent company of the gas supplier, Blue Flame, said the gas comes from oil wells that produce the gas, but oil well operations stopped when the ice storm hit. The frigid temperatures froze operations across the entire city of Jennings.

Leaving many residents without gas. Erin Poulter was one of them.

“We have no gas, so we have no heat, so we also have no stove to cook on,” Poulter said. “We are using our crockpot, our instapot, we had to go to those resources instead of the stove.”

She said in addition to using gas to cook, they also rely on it for warmth, especially with temperatures expected to drop even more in the days ahead.

“This is my room, I keep the baby in here at night. And shut my door with this space heater, so this stays warm, but the other two rooms we don’t have enough heaters to warm them so the other kids stay in the living room,” Poulter said.

Poulter said space heaters were hard to find in the stores nearby. Most of them were sold out. Last night, her family drove out to Stillwater to buy one to power through the night, but she worries it won't be enough to keep everyone warm.

“We are concerned, my boyfriend actually went out and got some more heaters, but unfortunately I don’t think we’ll be able to run that many more heaters because of the breakers in our house,” she said.

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