Gas Main Break Evacuates Homes - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Gas Main Break Evacuates Homes

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Homes were evacuated on Kingman Blvd. Wednesday after a big gas leak. The City of Des Moines was digging to fix a broken sewer line when they hit a gas line instead.

Craig Falk lives in one of the homes that was evacuated. He watched crews try and repair the gas main from a sidewalk in his neighborhood.

"They were afraid the gas might seep into the structures through the sewer lines, and they wanted us to evacuate," Falk said. "I've been out here for a couple hours now."

The city cut a six inch gap into the gas line. The fire department said it was a significant leak.

Officials blocked off Kingman just east of 29th street where the line was hit and had houses in the area evacuated.

Des Moines Fire said while gas leaks happen commonly throughout construction season, they rarely have to clear people out of their homes.

"If you can't get to your home it's a huge inconvenience," said Fire Inspector Ted Jefferson of the Des Moines F.D. "We're working as fast as we can with MidAmerican and making sure everybody is safe, and then as soon as we get the word, everybody can come home."

Crews hoped to have people back in their houses by Wednesday evening, and planned on having the line repaired by early Thursday morning.

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