Gas leak causes evacuations in Springfield, E. Longmeadow

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Residents of several homes near the Springfield-East Longmeadow line were evacuated for hours Friday, due to a gas leak.

Springfield Fire Commissioner Joseph Conant told 22News that the leak, which started around 9:45 A.M., was caused by construction crews digging up the road on Elm Street in East Longmeadow. He says the crews hit a 10″ gas main line. Complicating matters, there was a truck on top of the site of the leak, which needed to be moved before the line coule be repaired.

springfield fd gas leakEight homes were evacuated on either side of the town line, including houses on Cooley Street, Elm Street, and Judy Lane, as well as apartments on Canon Circle.

Theresa Heropoulos wasn’t allowed to drive to her house when the work was being done.

“I was out doing errands with my daughter and coming home, we were stopped and weren’t allowed to get near our street, so I had to park two streets away and walk to my house. I’m allowed in my house, but I can’t take my car in or out of my street,” Heropoulos said.

The leak was finally stopped around 1:30 P.M.

According to Andrea Luppi, spokesperson for Columbia Gas, the repair has been made, but the leak ended up having an impact on some 159 customers, who ended up without gas when the line was turned off. She said that Columbia Gas crews are still out going door to door to put the pilot lights back on for all the customers who lost gas. Luppi said it could take until about 10:30 to 11:00 P.M. for every single customer to be restored.

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