Midway Hollow

Law enforcement, neighbors, and Atmos work crews gathered Saturday at a cookout organized to provide a hot meal to residents without natural gas, and to thank law enforcement and work crews (photo by Bethany Erickson).

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Bethany: In the aftermath of a deadly gas explosion that killed one child and injured several of her family members, two neighborhoods in North Dallas began to realize that their lives would also be upended as Atmos enacted an unprecedented evacuation of more thousands of residents for several weeks. But in all that turmoil and heartache, neighbors began working together in ways large and small. 

I’ll be honest. At first, when I first had the idea of writing about how the neighborhoods impacted by the deadly home explosion two weeks ago — and the aftermath — I was thinking of a straight news story.

But I realized fairly quickly that I couldn’t. You see, I know these neighborhoods. My child goes to school with the children from these neighborhoods, and for almost 10 years, I lived quite close to one of the neighborhoods and in the other one, on a street just a block from Marsh Lane.

These are my friends, my son’s friends, and my neighbors. And how they’re dealing with the turmoil and sadness is a story worth telling — but one wholly unsurprising to anyone who lives in either of the neighborhoods that hug Marsh Lane. (more…)

Atmos

Jatsive Hernandez shows where a pipe in the backyard of her Midway Hollow home failed this week, resulting in a gas leak that sent her family to a hotel overnight (Photo by Bethany Erickson).

A day after Atmos Energy representatives sought to reassure the public that the unprecedented move of turning off gas service to 2,800 homes after a home explosion last week was going as planned, those in the shutdown zone are saying they’re not confident in the energy provider.

“I have no confidence,” said Lauren Berman. “The more this situation progresses, the more scared we get.” (more…)

Atmos

Two neighborhoods that hug Marsh Lane are impacted by a 2,800 customer gas service shutdown Atmos Energy is calling “unprecedented.”

Even as city officials and Atmos Energy representatives were meeting Thursday night with press to provide an update on an unprecedented gas service shutdown for 2,800 homes in an area that surrounds the site of a fatal home explosion last week, thousands of the company’s customers were lined up outside two assistance centers, growing more frustrated by the hour.

The shut down may be going on schedule, but the people in line insisted the information and aid was not humming along in a similar fashion. (more…)