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Published January 26, 2014, 10:31 PM

Xcel Energy will be on high alert for the next 3 days, but expects shortage to ease by Monday night

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Our other big story of the day, the continued fallout from the natural gas pipeline that exploded south of Winnipeg on Saturday morning.

By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Our other big story of the day, the continued fallout from the natural gas pipeline that exploded south of Winnipeg on Saturday morning.

We told you last night that Xcel Energy released a statement asking natural gas customers in the region to turn their thermostats down to 60 degrees while repairs are made on the pipeline.

Throughout the Red River Valley, customers received phone calls well past midnight from energy companies that use gas from that pipeline... passing along the request.

Although many were not thrilled to comply, they say it's better than having nothing at all.

Michelle Vasicek/Fargo Resident: "It's cold, it's uncomfortable but not intolerable. If there was no gas whatsoever, and we had pipes bursting that would be a lot bigger of a problem to have."

One of the three lines impacted has been partially returned to service tonight but Xcel is still asking customers to conserve energy.

Mark Nisbet/ND Principal Manager: "We came through last night in really good shape on the system and it helped us gain some ground going into this really cold night tonight. It will be extremely important for our customers to continue conserving."

Xcel says it will be on high alert for the next 3 days, but expects the shortage to ease by Monday night.

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