They will need to get into the homes, he said, so he's asking customers to "leave the porch light on" so technicians know which homes need the gas service re-established.
"We want to make sure our customers are on the lookout for our technicians," Rau said.
UPDATE @ 3:14 p.m.:
A gas line is on fire this afternoon near a home under construction on Secretariat Drive in Springfield.
Firefighters were seen dousing a nearby house with water.
Columbia Gas also just arrived on the scene and was working to address the issues.
A piece of construction equipment is in the area of the fire, however it was not immediately clear if a construction crew was responsible for striking the gas line.
Firefighters are on the scene of a reported fire on Secretariat Drive in Springfield, according to initial reports.
Initial dispatch reports indicated a gas line possibly ruptured in the area and may be on fire, however those reports have not been confirmed by authorities.
The fire was reported around 2:50 p.m.
We’re working to learn more.