VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Crews have cleared the scene of a gas leak in Virginia Beach and residents have filtered back to their homes after a damaged gas pipeline caused an evacuation Friday evening.
Bat. Chief Amy Valdez confirmed an 8-inch main on Beaufain Boulevard and Styron Lane was leaking in a wooded field where there was digging underway. There were evacuations at nearby Blue Knob Court and Bizzone Circle, and crews were evaluating the Magnolia Run Apartment Complex to determine if there was a hazard there.
The intersection of Centerville Turnpike and Lynnhaven Parkway was shut down.
Virginia Natural Gas responded to the scene with multiple crews to seal the leak. Duane Bourne with VNG told WAVY.com the gas line was damaged by a third party, and the outage cut service to about 870 customers in the Lynnhaven Parkway area.
The leak was secured around 8:30 p.m., according to Virginia Beach dispatchers. Bourne said repairs have been made to the pipeline system and crews are working to restore service.
To restore service, VNG representatives first have to go into the affected customers’ homes and make sure all natural gas appliances are turned off. Bourne said that will happen Saturday morning, and then VNG representatives will revisit each customer and turn their service back on.