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WPS Spokesperson Says Check Gas Meters And Vents Because Of Deep Snow

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The foot or more of snow Tuesday has brought about another concern from Wisconsin Public Service.

Spokesperson Matt Cullen says customers need to check their outdoor meters...

"..Given all the winter weather that we've seen recently is to check their natural gas meters and appliance vents and to make sure they're free of any accumulation of ice or snow. A build up on a natural gas meter can cause damage to the piping that's connected to the meter. That could cause a gas leak. Build up of ice or snow on an appliance vent could clog or block the vent which could trap carbon monoxide indoors...."

Cullen says go check the meters and lines and carefully move the snow away with a broom or your hands.

He says WPS crews began restoring power Monday and were still in the field on Wednesday..

"...Since 11 o'clock Monday night our crews have restored power to more than 11,000 customers who have been impacted by that heavy snow that moved through our service area..."

Cullen says the usual suspects caused the outages...

"...Our crews have encountered down power lines and tree limbs that have fallen on power lines as they have worked as safely and as quickly as possible to restore service to our customers. That's what we've seen since the went out late Monday night..."

Cullen says stay back at least 25 feet if you see a downed power line. If you have an outage, Cullen says to report the problem to Wisconsin Public Service right away.

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