A gas leak Thursday in Walker County, TX, caused by workers replacing a water line forced a shelter in place for residents overnight.
An 8-inch gas line was leaking at 11th Street and Avenue I, which affected 10th, 11th and 12th streets, as well as Avenues F to H, county officials said.
A gas leak ended up reported around 4 p.m. causing the Huntsville Police Department to shut down the street between Avenue H and Avenue J so crews from CenterPoint Energy could work on repairing the leak.
City of Huntsville engineer Ram Ramachandra said that the break in the gas line was caused by a crew member working on replacing a water line that runs along 11th Street. The project is occurring between Avenue J and Avenue H, with the break happening at the intersection of Avenue I and 11th Street.
“It was done when the water line contractor for the city was doing what is called directional boring to install the new waterline,” Ramachandra said. “When he was working on it, it slit the gas line.”
Ramachandra said crews spent much of Thursday night working on isolating the line, which runs across 11th Street, and putting stoppers on both ends of the line. Workers were able to accomplish isolating the line around 11 p.m. Workers were back at it again Friday morning, working throughout the day to permanently repair the break in the line.
The affected line sits six feet underground and did not pose a major health threat to citizens traveling through or living in the area.
“Any leak or break is a matter of concern, but in this case, the gas line that was hit was six feet below ground and did not cause any damage to property or anyone,” Ramachandra said. “It was good that it was sitting so far below ground.”
Ramachandra said the water line replacement project is still on track to meet its completion date in March.