Atmos Energy: Gas line rupture under investigation


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.


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.


his afternoon a contractor was digging in the alley,


he accidentally ruptured a line



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

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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.



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.


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



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.