EVACUATED: Gas line ruptured; dozens of families forced from homes
A gas line that was ruptured by utility crews Monday evening in Decatur forced dozens of north-side residents from their homes for more than five hours.
The Decatur Fire Department was dispatched at 6:30 p.m. Monday to the area of Wells Fargo, 1 Yorkshire Drive, after an AEP crew working in the area hit a four-inch gas feed mainline, according to a spokesman for the department. The utility workers reportedly were replacing a power line pole that was snapped during heavy winds that passed through the city late Sunday afternoon during a round of severe thunderstorms when the accident occurred.
U.S. 27/33 was closed to traffic from Winchester Street to Washington Street for nearly seven hours as crews from NIPSCO worked to repair the break, according to the spokesperson.
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