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OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (FOX13) -

The extreme cold this winter has been taxing heating systems to the max. Among those feeling the strain are some customers on the city of Olive Branch's gas service.

"What happens is the pressure gets low, the pilot gets low and the heat does not heat like it would if you had the right pressure," said OB Mayor Scott Phillips.

Mayor Phillips said about 30 customers on Olive Branch's gas service have had pressure problems and have lost heat briefly on the coldest of mornings. Most of the customers live on the edge of the city's service area.

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Among them is Lee Joyner, who lives in neighboring Marshall County, but is on Olive Branch's gas. Joyner said he lost hot water and heat but only when the outside temp dipped to a certain point.

"It seems like for sure once you get below 15 and into the single digits, I think the gas was spotty on houses in this neighborhood," Joyner said. "Some good, some not so good."

Mayor Phillips said the problem seems to be caused by valves freezing up and a need for loops in gas lines to keep gas circulating. Olive Branch has a temporary solution in place with some valves being replaced, but the weather has been so cold city workers can't dig into the frozen ground to take on some of the problems.

"Hopefully in the next year in the long term we will get our guy out there and put some lines in the ground and loops in the system," Mayor Phillips said.

Joyner added he's just thankful the city of Olive Branch took care of the problem.

"I am real happy with them coming out as quickly as they did and taking care of it," Joyner said.

Mayor Phillips said if anything good came out of this cold winter it's that the city knows what it needs to do to provide better service to customers.

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