'Bachman Lake Strong' event a break for families affected by gas outage

A group of teachers organized an event offering support to families affected by evacuations from the northwest Dallas gas explosion.

The Bachman Lake Strong event was a chance for parents and children to get a break from the stressful situation.

Some 2,800 households are without gas after the recent fatal explosion in their community and the ongoing gas line repair work. Many are currently staying in hotels with Atmos Energy providing financial assistance. Others also receiving compensation are staying in their homes without gas.

Three school teachers came up with the idea to bring families together with food, games, music and more while at the same time assessing their unmet needs due to the ongoing hardship.

There were also specially trained dogs at the rec center that are experts at keeping children and adults calm. While the activities kept the kids busy, there were volunteers finding out what the families need -- personal items, food, counseling or other services.

It’s been two weeks since the fatal explosion that killed a 12-year-old girl. Atmos said repair work on the lines should be done in a few weeks.

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