CenterPoint Energy reminds anyone who plans to excavate or dig on their property to call Gopher State One Call to have their utility, telecommunications and other underground service lines marked before breaking ground.
GSOC services are free and required by law. The services help callers avoid the safety hazards of hitting lines, as well as the inconvenience of disrupting underground utility or other services and the costs associated with their repair.
To contact GSOC, call (651) 454-0002 or 1-800-252-1166. The Web site address is www.gopherstateonecall.org .
Upon notification, utilities are dispatched to a home to mark the lines. Callers must give GSOC at least 48 hours notice, excluding weekends and holidays, and should not begin work until all appropriate underground lines are marked. They should use white paint or stakes to mark the areas to be excavated.
Callers will be asked their name, phone number, street address, dig location, nearest intersection, type of work and start date and time.
Each utility line is marked with flags and a spray painted line, which usually fades or is mowed off. Marked utilities are only valid for 14 days.
CenterPoint Energy officials advise that if you smell natural gas you should leave immediately for a safe location and call the CenterPoint Energy emergency service/gas leak hotline at (612) 372-5050 or 1-800-722-9326 or call 911 for help.
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