UPDATE: 8:13am 12/23/16
L’Anse area natural gas customers may be without gas service for up two days.
Baraga County Emergency Manager Jeff Hubbard says crews are working on restoring service as soon as possible.
A warming center is being set up at the Baraga School for area residents.
SEMCO will post updates at semcoenergygas,com.
Hubbard says if people need assistance, they should contact the Baraga County Sheriff’s Office at (906) 524-6100 Ext. 695.
UPDATE: 6:56am 12/23/16
A fire in Baraga County caused a portion of US–41 to close early this morning.
Troopers from the Michigan State Police Negaunee Post say a natural gas line broke after a vehicle struck the main break at a Northern Natural Gas substation shortly before 4:00 a.m. The portion of US–41 between L’Anse Avenue and Lambert Road in L’Anse was blocked off. Officials say they hoped to have the highway open by 6:00 a.m.
Deputies from the Baraga County Sheriff’s Office say natural gas customers in the village of L’Anse are currently without service. There is currently no estimate as to when service will be restored.
An explosion overnight of a natural gas line in Baraga County caused US-41 to be closed for a period of time this morning.
The Michigan State Police Negaunee Post said there was natural gas line break that occurred at a sub station near L’Anse.
The fire department and MDOT responded to the scene.
US-41 between L’Anse Avenue and Lambert Road was closed until the situation could be brought under control.
Police say a vehicle struck the main, causing the break.
The Baraga County Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating.