Heat has been restored to nearly all affected Union Gas customers in the Longlac area, officials with the natural gas utility confirm.
The municipality of Greenstone declared a state of emergency Thursday morning after a loss of pressure to area natural gas supply left an estimated 800 customers without heat.
About 30 Union Gas workers spent the night relighting appliances and furnaces, and many of those technicians continued their work into Friday morning.
Union Gas District Manager David Sword says he understands there is more work to do, and how important it is to restore heat to the customers in Longlac who remain in the cold.
“People have worked really hard, but we work and live in these communities as well and know the value of having natural gas,” he said during an interview with CKPR Radio Friday.
He added that more than half the homes have heat again.
Technicians were brought in from various locations around Northern Ontario, including Thunder Bay, Kenora, Timmins and London, Ont.
“We were able to restore services to more than 600 homes and businesses and we will get the balance of them today.”