Jul 4, 2012 5:59 PM by Andy Koen
As more evacuees return home, crews are putting in long hours to make sure the utilities are safely restored. Hundreds of workers with Colorado Springs Utilities and Xcel Energy have been going door-to-door in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood restoring natural gas service to homes.
Regulations require workers to access each home individually to check appliances for leaks before turning the gas meters back on. Kevin Perrigo, operations superintendent for Colorado Springs Utilities, encourages evacuees to be at home if possible as crews are working.
"Try to be patient with us, we're trying to get things restored just as quickly as possible," Perrigo said. "It's very important to us that we help them out and get them back in service but if they can be home, certainly be home. It really helps us get them back in service quickly."
Perrigo says gas service has been restored for roughly 3,300 of the 4,200 homes in the neighborhood. Many utility workers have put in 12 and 14 hour shifts, and worked weekends and holidays to restore the service as quickly as possible.