Columbia Gas of Virginia Reminds Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Residents Who Smell Natural Gas to Leave Immediate Area, Call 911 and the Gas Company

Sunday, July 08, 2012
CHESTER, VA – July 8, 2012 – Today’s severe weather has resulted in structural damage to several buildings and downed trees in the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County area. Columbia Gas of Virginia reminds any persons who smell natural gas (a “rotten egg” smell) to leave the area immediately and from a safe location call 911 and Columbia Gas at 1-800-544-5606.

Columbia Gas personnel will be immediately dispatched to evaluate the situation and ensure the integrity of the natural gas facilities.

In addition, Columbia Gas urges customers to take care when removing downed trees or grinding tree stumps. When trees are downed, their root system can bring with them underground utility lines such as natural gas service and main lines along with overhead utility lines. In addition, because utilities could be underneath, caution should be taken when grinding tree stumps. By calling va811 (Miss Utility) at 811, each utility will be notified to locate their underground utilities and clearly mark their facilities using the universal color code.

The universal colors are: Red – Electric; Orange – Communications, Telephone/CATV; Blue – Potable Water; Green – Sewer/Drainage; Yellow – Gas/Petroleum Pipe Line; Purple – Reclaimed Water and White – Premark site of intended excavation

Virginia law requires everyone to always call va811 (Miss Utility) at 811 before beginning any excavation or if they need utility locates in response to an emergency situation.