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      Atmos Energy: Gas line rupture under investigation


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      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.



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      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.


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      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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