UPDATE | Washington Road in Evans reopen after gas main break

Published: Oct. 31, 2017 at 9:46 AM EDT
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Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017

11:14 a.m.

EVANS, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Washington Road has reopened after a gas main break shut the road down between Riverwatch Parkway and North Belair Road earlier this morning.

10:35 a.m.

EVANS, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Fire investigators are detailing the cause of a gas main break that shut down a portion of Washington Road in Evans this morning.

According to Chief Danny Kuhlmann of Columbia County Fire Rescue, the incident happened when a contractor hit a larger gas main. The placement of the line was in a bad spot, and the contractor got too close.

Nobody was injured and 2-3 businesses in the area were closed when it happened. The Pizza Joint volunteered to shut down the restaurant until the scene cleared.

Depending on the severity and type of break and equipment needed to fix depends on how long it will take for the road to reopen. Investigators say the scene should hopefully be cleared and the road reopened by noon.

Chief Kuhlmann says there was no danger because the really strong change in wind direction at the time helped the natural gas dissipate quickly. The road was closed as a precautionary measure.

Investigators say the contractor will be responsible to pay for repairs, and more construction could lead to more breaks.

9:45 a.m.

EVANS, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Investigators are on the scene of a gas main break on Washington Road in Evans. Washington Road from Riverwatch Parkway to North Belair Road is currently shut down.

According to Columbia County Fire Rescue, the incident happened near 4302 Washington Road. A few nearby businesses are being evacuated in the area, and Washington Road at North Belair Road is being shut down at this time.

Columbia County EMA is responding to the scene. We're working to get more details, stay tuned to News 12 for updates.

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