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MONDAY: Gas main hit during dorm construction

A gas main on Tyndall Avenue was hit Monday morning, causing gas to leak for over an hour and the response of the local fire department.

Southwest Gas Company was alerted of the 4-foot gas main being struck by a contractor drilling too close to the gas lines at 11:50 a.m. Monday, causing the shut-off of gas to the area, according to Libby Howell, company spokeswoman for Southwest Gas.

Gas was shut off to the main about an hour later, at around 1 p.m. The struck gas main needed additional attention, such as shoring of the pipe, due to its depth underground.

“”These things happen with some regularity,”” said Howell of this and other stricken gas mains. “”That’s why we encourage contractors to get a blue stake (to let us know where they’ll be drilling).””

There were no major outages or evacuations of the area surrounding the leak. Full repair of the leak, including shoring of the main, is expected to take two to three hours to complete.

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