Olive Branch copes with low gas pressure amid extreme cold

By , Daily Memphian Updated: December 27, 2022 2:46 PM CT | Published: December 23, 2022 1:58 PM CT

Olive Branch is reporting instances of low gas pressures in eastern and western areas of the city.

The city’s Public Works Department is working on the system in the eastern part of the city, while Atmos Energy is servicing its system to the west amid sub-freezing temperatures following the Thursday, Dec. 22, winter storm.

Olive Branch is now requesting residents serviced by the city to reduce natural gas usage, said spokesman Jay Nichols. 

“It’s getting a little better at this time. It’s very slow.”

Nichols added, “It seems Christmas Day looks like it’s probably going to level out some more as far as temperature and I think people will see things coming back pretty much to normal then. But again, it’s going to be highly dependent on people doing their part.”

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Atmos Energy, which is one of the largest natural gas distributors in the U.S., is also requesting customers nationwide reduce their usage as it experiences all-time gas demands as a result of extreme cold weather. 

If Olive Branch residents serviced by the city experience low gas pressure, they should call 662-895-4111. If Atmos provides their service, they should call 866-322-8667.

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Northcentral Electric Cooperative, which supplies electricity to eastern DeSoto County and western Marshall County, announced earlier Friday rolling outages as part of its emergency load curtailment plan with the Tennessee Valley Authority, but the plan was canceled later. 

Also, a warming shelter has opened in Southaven at the Community Safe Room, 7312 U.S. 51 N., for those who need a warm place. It will remain open until temperatures are above freezing.


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Beth Sullivan

Beth Sullivan

Beth Sullivan covers North Mississippi for The Daily Memphian. Previously, she worked at The Austin Chronicle as an assistant editor and columnist.

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