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Earlier this week, Columbia Gas revealed how long customers in the Merrimack Valley might have to go without service.

According to the Boston Globe, it could be months before service is fully restored.

That means that customers might not have gas for part of the winter.

Undoubtedly, the news is frustrating for business owners and residents alike.

NECN is reporting Columbia Gas now plans to have service restored to the nearly 9,000 customers affected by the outage by November 19.

As you know, one person died and more than two dozen people were injured on September 13 — After explosions rocked the Merrimack Valley.

The tragedy was blamed on over-pressurization of lines belonging to Columbia Gas.

Before service can be restored, the company needs to replace part of the pipeline that extends nearly 50 miles underground.

Due to the extended nature of the outage, hotplates and space heaters are available to those who are waiting for their service to be restored.

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