Ruptured gas line in Portsmouth prompts evacuation of nearby homes

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Crews repaired a broken gas line Thursday afternoon in Portsmouth.

Chief Stockton with the Portsmouth Fire Department says a vacuum truck was cleaning out a storm drain in the 2500 block of Effingham Street when they found a damaged pipe. Water started flowing from the pipe and a gas line ruptured. It’s not clear how the line broke or if the pipe was damaged while crews were cleaning the storm drain.

Columbia Gas responded to the scene and homes within 300 feet of the incident were evacuated. A command unit was set up for those evacuated to sit in until they could return home.

Repairs were made and the incident was cleared just after 2 p.m.