UPDATE: Gas leak fixed, residents return home

Published: Jul. 8, 2021 at 10:58 AM CDT
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BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - The Biloxi Fire Department Chief Joe Boney said that the gas leak in the area of Seal Avenue and Division Street has been fixed and residents are returning home.

The gas leak occurred earlier Tuesday morning. Chief Boney said the construction crew severed a two or a four-inch gas line while trying to widen Division Street.

The fire department contacted the gas company, which pinch the gas line to the east and west of the leak.

Approximately 50 people were evacuated in the area. A CTA air-conditioned bus was dispatched to take the residents to a safer location.

“You see around the country the gas leaks that are happening and whole neighborhoods are rocked by these disasters and we don’t want that to happen here,” said Boney. “We were concerned about the weather and the environment and the gas hanging in the air.”

And in the very warm and humid air, CenterPoint Energy crews worked on the broken gas line while evacuees waited out the repair job nearby.

We were concerned about them being out in the heat. We called CTA, they graciously sent us a bus,” said Boney. “We don’t want our residents, especially our elderly out in this weather.”

Chief Boney said the east side of Division Street and the whole block around Seal Avenue and Thelma Street were closed for a few hours. People were advised to stay away from the area until the closure was lifted.

Residents were allowed to return to their homes around one o’clock this afternoon.

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