Lawrence Gas Explosions
For up-to-date news and alerts involving the gas explosions, please visit the City of Lawrence website.
We are grateful that River Pointe escaped the damage that some of our neighborhood experienced, and extremely thankful to the first responders and emergency personnel who helped in this situation.
If residents are in need of any services, they can dial 211, which has been designated to address this situation specifically. 911 should be used only for emergency services.
The Red Cross has deemed the following areas as shelters/reception centers for those affected:
- Parthum Elementary School at 255 East Haverhill St., Lawrence, MA 01841
- Field House at North Andover High School at 430 Osgood St., North Andover, MA 01845
- Andover Cormier Youth Center at 40 Whittier Court, Andover, MA 01810
- MSPCA is offering emergency shelter and medical care for pets affected: MSPCA at Nevins Farm at 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844 or call: 978-687-7453
NOT AFFECTED BUT WANT TO HELP?
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The Red Cross said anyone interested in helping people could make donations by visiting their Massachusetts website, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Team was in Lawrence working to keep more than 100 first responders fed and hydrated. The agency said they also had reception centers setup in Andover and North Andover. Anyone interested in donating to help with the relief can CLICK HERE or send a check to:
The Salvation Army
Attn: Massachusetts EDS
25 Shawmut Rd
Canton, Mass. 02021
All donations made to will stay in Massachusetts.
The Lawrence Senior Center at 155 Haverhill St. is asking for donations of non-perishable foods, including: fresh and dried fruits, granola bars, small juice boxes, animal crackers, food for infants, nuts and trail mixes, applesauce, pudding, etc. The Senior Center advises people to enter the city through the north side.
TD Bank and The United Way have established the Greater Lawrence Relief Fund to help families meet their basic needs and recover from the displacement from their homes and businesses caused by gas explosions. Click here to to donate to the Greater Lawrence Relief Fund.