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Methane gas incident in Workington 

Updated 6pm 2 October 2018

All residents in Pilgrim Street, Workington, have returned to their homes after Allerdale Borough Council officers were satisfied that methane levels in the properties had dropped to very low or negligible levels. 

Residents in the five properties had been advised to evacuate on 14 September after levels of methane gas was detected in the houses. Residents in four of the homes returned on 18 September and the homeowner in the final property was advised they can return late last week.  

The Council would like to thank all residents for their cooperation and apologise for any inconvenience caused. However, the advice to evacuate was given to ensure the health and safety of the residents concerned. 

Council officers will continue to monitor for methane levels in the properties and the local area. This monitoring will also include one property in Harrington Road. They will also be working with colleagues at partner agencies including the Coal Authority to try to determine the cause of the methane levels.    

Anyone with any queries should ring the Council on 0303 123 1702. This number can also be used in an emergency.