Hundreds in Lawrenceville without heat after gas pressure drops - CBS46 News

Hundreds in Lawrenceville without heat after gas pressure drops

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LAWRENCEVILLE, GA (CBS46) -

Hundreds of Lawrenceville residents woke up to find their furnaces were not working and their homes were frigid.

Officials said the city's natural gas system overloaded after so many residents started running their furnaces and other heating units to stay warm in the frigid weather.

"It's freezing," said Brandi Northington, whose family was wearing winter coats inside their home in the Camden Square neighborhood. "It's ice cold."

Many Lawrenceville residents did not realize the problem was with the city's gas system.

"We really didn't know," said David James. "We didn't have any information, so we just kind of did the best we could and bundled up." 

Some without heat called heating and cooling companies. They feared their furnaces needed to be repaired.

"The unit was working but there was no air coming through the vents, so I thought I had a problem," said Christian Gherasin. "I'm waiting right now for the HVAC guy."

Gherasin found out his pilot light went out because of the pressure drop.

Lawrenceville's mayor told CBS Atlanta she did not know how many residents were without heat, but she estimated it was several hundred.

City crews responded to calls throughout the day and relit pilot lights that had gone out. The mayor said they would stay on the roads as long as necessary.

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