UPDATE: 10/23/2020 11:35 p.m., WRENS, Ga. (WJBF) – A natural gas leak leaving many people on high alert Friday in Wrens. Two blocks of the city with several downtown businesses had to be evacuated.
“We did that because we had some reports of people smelling gas up to two, 300 yards away so we just wanted to air on the side of caution,” said Wrens Fire Chief Keith Boulineau.
Authorities say the gas leak happed at 10:50 a.m. on Fleming Street. A crew was boring a line when the 4-inch, city-owned gas line was hit. According to the Chief, work crews called before they dug.
The Chief affirmed, “They did. The lines are marked where they were boring but for whatever reason, they still hit the line.”
Chief Boulineau said gas leaks in Wrens don’t happen too often, “A few every now and then. Probably average four or five a year but this is the biggest one we’ve had since I’ve been back here.”
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Chief Boulineau added, “There’s so much utilities underground now that you don’t know what’s under there. So, whether it’s putting up a mailbox or a fence post or whatever, you always need to be aware there’s hazardous around that could cause problems.”
WRENS, Ga. (WJBF) – A gas leak has been reported in Wrens that has shut down local businesses and caused road blocks for both Main St. and Broad St.
According to Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency, several downtown businesses had to be evacuated when the leak in a natural gas line was discovered roughly three hours ago. The leak has affected Fleming St. between Broad St. and King St. The shelter-in-place order is still in place, and there is no an ETA on when it will be lifted.
Two city blocks were evacuated at 11:30 a.m. Public Works crews are working to resolve the situation. There will be some businesses and residents without natural gas until repairs are complete.
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