By Ben Lane, TSB Staff
A ruptured gas line led to the evacuation of residences and businesses in the 500 block of N. Kentucky Street near W. Lamar Street on Wednesday morning. A construction crew working at the northwest corner of Kentucky and Lamar struck a gas line with a backhoe and damaged the 4-inch gas main.
Members of the McKinney Fire Department responded to the 911 report of a damaged gas line shortly before 10 a.m. Due to the strong odor of natural gas, the fire department personnel determined that an evacuation was necessary to ensure public safety.
According to Stacie Durham, Public Information Officer for the McKinney Fire Department, “A strong odor of natural gas could be detected for several blocks north and east of the scene. The evacuation was a precaution.”
The Fire Department personnel monitored the air quality, wind speed and wind direction until Atmos Energy cut off the gas supply to the damaged gas line. Traffic was rerouted until the leak was controlled.
Fire and police personnel were on the scene for nearly three hours to ensure that there was no danger to the residents and businesses of the affected area. No injuries were reported.