UPDATE: Evacuations made after construction worker hits gas line in Donelson
UPDATE: (4:30pm) -- The gas is shut off and repairs are in progress, according to Metro Water Services. While the evacuation has been lifted. the immediate area evacuation is still in effect to allow crews to complete repairs. Roadways in the area also remain closed.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A gas leak in Donelson has prompted evacuations and road closures.
Crews have been called to a leak at Donelson Pike and Emery Drive after a construction company hit a line at around 10 a.m. on Saturday. As many as 30 homes over a half-mile have been evacuated after a gas main rupture , according to a fire official on the scene. Businesses in the area have also been evacuated.
During construction work associated with the Cumberland City Low Water Transmission Main Project, the contractor, hit a 1" gas service line between Emory and Lakeland, according to Metro Water Services.
No injuries or illnesses have been reported at this time.
The area will reopen once the leak has been stopped, according to MWS. Crews plan on stopping the leak by crimping the pipe and then replace it. No other leaks have been found. The incident is expected to last for several more hours.
The American Legion , 2864 Elm Hill Pike, is being used as a shelter for evacuees.
Piedmont Gas. Hazmat, the Office of Emergency Management and the Nashville Fire and police departments have responded.
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