Columbia Gas of Virginia Preparing for Hurricane Sandy

Friday, October 26, 2012


Contact: Bob Innes
(804) 768-6410 office
(804) 512-1425 cellular

CHESTER, VA – October 26, 2012 – Columbia Gas of Virginia (Columbia Gas) is preparing for the rain and wind expected from Hurricane Sandy. The company is providing the following safety tips for residents to consider around natural gas facilities.

Columbia Gas of Virginia provides the following safety tips:
  • Hurricane force winds can cause uprooted trees to damage natural gas meters or pull underground utility lines above ground, creating a potential unsafe condition.
  • If you notice a strong gas odor (similar to rotten eggs), please leave the immediate area and from a safe location call Columbia Gas at 1.800.544.5606 and 911
  • If you smell the odor of gas inside, please leave the building immediately and from a safe location immediately call Columbia Gas at 1.800.544.5606 and 911. Please do not:
    • smoke
    • make a spark or flame
    • switch the lights on or off
    • raise or lower the windows
  • Do not attempt to repair the natural gas facilities.
  • Columbia Gas personnel will respond as soon as weather conditions permit safe travel, as determined by the company, in collaboration with local emergency response officials.

Safety tips and updates are available via Twitter (@ColumbiaGasVa) and Facebook.

About Columbia Gas of Virginia
Columbia Gas of Virginia delivers safe, reliable and clean natural gas to customers in portions of Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, suburban Richmond, Central Virginia, and the Shenandoah Valley, the Lynchburg region and parts of Western Virginia.  With headquarters in Chesterfield County, the company is one of the 7 energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) serving 3.8 million natural gas and electric customers. Always call 811 before you dig and Dig with CARE.