Overton gas leak repaired, roads reopened - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Overton gas leak repaired, roads reopened

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The Lubbock Fire Department has an issued an 'all clear' announcement after a 5-hour evacuation order was lifted Thursday at approximately 3:30 p.m. A broken gas main caused emergency crews to evacuate several blocks of the Overton district near Texas Tech University.

Repair crews have repaired the broken gas main, and the city has reopened University Avenue between Marsha Sharp and Broadway to traffic. No immediate hazards remain at this time, according to Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Loveless.

Evacuation orders for nearby business and residences have been lifted and all power has been restored. Crews tested buildings for any potential gas build up before letting occupants back in.

Atmos Energy crews announced the completion of all repairs at approximately 4 p.m. Natural gas service to the immediate area of this incident was interrupted while repairs were being made and approximately eighteen businesses were without natural gas service. 

According to Lubbock City Manager Leanne Dunbauld, the contractor responsible for the gas leak was working on a city traffic engineering fiber installation project. 

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