Residents of two neighborhoods that are divided by Marsh Lane woke last Friday to the horrific news — a sixth grader had perished in a home explosion that also sent four of her family members to the hospital.
Every day since, they’ve awakened to more bad news. Sometimes, they say, it even comes late at night, from a knock on the door and a voice on the other side telling them to pack their belongings, their homes are being evacuated.
This morning, they awoke to learn that even if they were still able to live in their homes, it would likely be without hot water or heat. Atmos Energy announced in a 5 a.m. press conference that the company was taking the unprecedented step of shutting down gas service to 2,800 homes on streets on either side of Marsh Lane, between Midway Drive and Webb Chapel Drive on the East and West, and Walnut Hill and Northwest Highway to the north and south.
It’s another source of angst for already heartbroken and fearful sets of communities. (more…)