Hotel Rooms, Apartments, Travel Trailers Available For Columbia Gas Customers


FAMILIES LEFT HOMELESS BY THE GAS EXPLOSIONS AND FIRES IN THE MERRIMACK VALLEY. IT HAS BEEN THREE WEEKS ALREADY SINCE THAT TRAGIC DAY. AND THERE’S STILL A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO CAN’T RETURN HOME. BUT COLUMBIA GAS HAS NOW SECURED APARTMENTS, HOTEL ROOMS AND TRAVEL TRAILERS THAT WILL PROVIDE FAMILIES WITH TEMPORARY HOUSING. WBZ’S PAUL BURTON HAS THAT STORY ALL NEW AT 5:00. RVS ARE DESCENDING ON THE VALLEY. SWITCHES FOR THE HOT WATER HEATER. AND BACK THERE IS THE BEDROOM. CITY OFFICIALS SAY THESE TRAVEL TRAILERS ARE TURNKEY READY. THEY HAVE BUNKS, FULL BATHROOM FACILITIES, FULL KITCHEN AND A LIVING AREA. AS WORK CREWS CONTINUE TO WORK AROUND THE CLOCK, THOUSANDS OF HOTEL ROOMS AND HUNDREDS OF APARTMENTS AND TRAVEL TRAILERS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLUMBIA GAS CUSTOMERS WHO STILL HAVE NO SERVICE. I DON’T HAVE HEAT. AND I DON’T HAVE COOKING FACILITIES. BREND ON COLLINS — BRENDA COLLINS CAME TO CHECK OUT THE TRAILER, IN CASE HER HOUSE GETS TOO COLD. IT’S AN ALTERNATIVE FOR ALTERNATIVE PEOPLE. WE PUT THEM IN PLACES WHERE THEY’RE BLOCKS AWAY FROM WHERE PEOPLE LIVE. TODAY, LAWRENCE MAYOR SAID ANYONE WITHOUT HEAT, QUALIFIES FOR HOUSING ASSISTANCE. WE’RE TALKING TO THE MOST NEEDY AND GIVING THEM THE RESOURCES THEY NEED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. TODAY AND THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND, HUNDREDS OF THESE TRAVEL TRAILERS WILL BE SET UP BOTH HERE AND LAWRENCE AND IN ANDOVER AND NORTH ANDOVER. FAMILIES WILL BE ABLE TO MOVE INTO THESE TEMPORARY HOMES AND BE SHOWN AROUND AND GIVEN SHAIFT INSTRUCTIONS. EVERYTHING IS POWERED TO YOUR HOUSE. GROUNDED OUTLETS. BRENDA HOPES THE WEATHER DOESN’T TURN TOO COLD TOO SOON. I HOPE NOT. BUT THEY LOOK VERY, VERY NICE. BUT I WOULD PREFER, OBVIOUSLY TO BE AT MY OWN HOUSE.

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