UPDATE: Frozen equipment led to natural gas outage in Portage Co - WAOW - Newsline 9, Wausau News, Weather, Sports

UPDATE: Frozen equipment led to natural gas outage in Portage Co.

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PORTAGE COUNTY (WAOW) -

A natural gas outage that impacted hundreds of residents in Portage County has been fixed, according to Alliant Energy.

A spokesperson said around 770 customers were impacted by the outage that started at 11:00 a.m. Saturday.

Alliant Energy said equipment failure from the cold weather stopped the flow of gas out of the station.

The stations are composed of a complex array of valves, pipes, and pressure reduction devices designed to distribute the gas that is needed.

About 50 Alliant technicians and 12 other contractors helped fix the problem by individually going to each customer's house.

All customers' gas were restored to service at around 2:30 a.m.

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Around 1,100 customers in Portage County are being affected by a natural gas outage, according to Portage County Emergency Management. 

In a release, the agency reported that the outage is hitting customers in Amherst, Amherst Junction and Nelsonville. 

Alliant Energy is working to fix the problem, but full restoration to all customers is not expected until early Sunday morning.

Alliant Energy needs to re-light each pilot light.

Amherst High School will open at 3:00 p.m. Saturday for anyone needing shelter from the cold weather.

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