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Natural Gas Line Break Forces Evacuation of Several Homes

Update 4/13/2017

At approximately 12:45 am, Missouri Gas Energy (MGE) crews stopped the flow of natural gas from an approximately four inch gas main struck by a private utility boring crew on Wednesday afternoon.

The occupants of the two houses closest to the incident were allowed to return home....

Fire department operations were terminated at 12:58 am, and the scene was left with MGE. It is not known when MGE will make repairs to the line or when Todd George Parkway will reopen. 

 

 

On Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at approximately 3:30 pm, the Lee’s Summit Fire Department responded to a gas line break in the area of Patterson Drive and Todd George Pkwy. A private utility company working in the area struck a gas line and natural gas was coming from several storm drains in the area.

 

Missouri Gas Energy arrived and started the process to locate the broken line. As efforts to locate and stop the leak continued, higher concentrations of gas were found in the electrical conduits to the streetlights. As a precaution the evacuation area was expanded to approximately 20 homes until the power to the lights could be turned off. All of the homes that needed to be evacuated were contacted by the fire department and marked with fire line tape.

 

Missouri Gas Energy (MGE) is continuing to locate the leak as fire department personnel continue to monitor the area. The evacuation area has been scaled back and the majority of the homes are being allowed to be reoccupied, with the exception of a few closest to the area of the break. Anyone that had been evacuated may return to their home only after it has been checked by Missouri Gas Energy. If an evacuated home has yellow fire line tape on the door, do not enter the home and call the MGE representative at (816) 509-5244, and they will come and check the house.

 

Operations are ongoing and additional information will be provided as it becomes available.