Natural Gas service is being restored in western North Dakota after a transmission line was struck by a contractor this morning.
The incident left around 1,000 Montana-Dakota Utilities customers in the Watford City and Arnegard area without heat today.
Repairs have now been made to the Williston Basin Interstate Gas Line.
According to Mark Hanson, the Senior Public Relations Representative for MDU Resources Group - the owner of the transmission line estimates repairs of the natural gas flow in the pipeline at about 7 p.m.
Around 50 service technicians will be working through the night relighting pilot lights.
Hanson asks that you leave porch lights on so that technicians can safely move door to door.
The natural gas transmission line was struck about two-and-a-half miles east of Alexander.
The Minn-Kota Chapter of the American Red Cross was on stand-by to open a McKenzie County shelter.
Red Cross officials caution those using alternative heating methods --- such as a generator --- to be sure to monitor carbon monoxide levels in your home.