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Atmos Energy has repaired the gas line break that left Salida and Poncha Springs without natural gas service for most of the day today – Tuesday, April 10.

The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office issued an update on the situation, noting, “Atmos and Xcel Energy will be working through the night to restore gas service to Salida and Poncha Springs” and will need access to gas meters.

Workers “will do their best to alert you” if they see signs of residents being awake. “If they see no signs of anyone being home or awake, they will access your yard to work on your meter.”

With the damaged gas line now repaired, Atmos has started purging their service lines. Residents may hear some hissing sounds and smell gas. This is a normal part of the process, and residents are asked not to call 911 if they hear hissing or smell gas.

“This is a major step in the restoration of service so please be patient.”