Gas line leak forces evacuations in Alameda

ALAMEDA — A gas line leak caused by a construction crew prompted evacuations of some homes Monday morning, officials said.

A sewer line running near the gas line also suffered damage, and some gas actually was carried inside that line to a residence. However, no injuries were reported.

The leak was reported at 11:17 a.m. on Eagle Avenue near Everett Street. Officials said a construction crew doing some digging on Eagle Avenue ruptured both a ¾-inch steel gas pipe and a sewer line.

Some of the leaking gas went directly into the air, while some got into the broken sewer line and was carried to at least one residence, officials said.

Evacuations were ordered while PG&E made necessary repairs. PG&E crews stopped the gas flow at 12:50 p.m. officials said.

Twenty-seven customers were affected, and crews were working to restore service to remaining customers, PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said Monday evening.

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Source: mercurynews
Gas line leak forces evacuations in Alameda