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Atmos Energy: Gas line rupture under investigation


A

plumber called to work in the
alley at the 2500 Block of South Polk accidentally hit a major gas line, forcing homes to be evacuated, and left eight of them without gas service.


T

he renters of
the home directly in front of the busted gas line didn't expect to come home and see half of their backyard torn to pieces.


"T

his afternoon a contractor was digging in the alley,

and

he accidentally ruptured a line

,

"

Director of Public Affairs of Atmos Energy, Roy Urrutia, said.


Texas811 recommends residents call them before digging on or around their property

,

and

in this case,
Urrutia said the lines in the alley were clearly marked.


"W

e have an order where the lines were marked and at this point we're trying to determine what happened in this situation

," he said.


According to Urrutia t

he ruptured line had just been replaced earlier this year.
He said there was a steel line feet away that had been abandoned, and the new plastic line took its place providing gas to the entire neighborhood.


J

ohn
Stromberg's backyard faces the alley, and although he wasn't home at the time of the break, his son was and found a yellow notice on their door.


"T

he fire department came to the door, kind of told them their was a gas leak and that they needed to get out

." he said.



"S

o they came out and waited across the street for a little and

at

about 3:50 they let everybody back in."


Shona Bagley was home but said she didn't hear the fire department knock on her door the first time.



"

T

he fire department came to the door, they said that they were evacuating the neighborhood due to the gas leak

, but t

hey wouldn't give me anymore information

,

"


Bagley said.


A

tmos
Energy said it evacuated surrounding homes because it didn't have the option of turning off the gas line.



"

S

o what happens is that you have to let that gas vent and then operate backward

," Urrutia said. "T

o where you can squeez the line, and then make the repairs."


Atmos Energy restored the gas for residents at about 6 p.m. The residents living in the house where the gas line ruptured were also left without water, but said their landlord was renting them a room at a hotel for the night.

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