Gas leak at Suffolk water treatment plant prompts evacuation

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SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A gas leak at the Lake Kilby Water Treatment Plant Thursday morning prompted a temporary evacuation, officials say.

Emergency crews were called to the facility just before 11 a.m. for the report of a damaged natural gas line. The plant is owned and operated by the City of Portsmouth.

Officials say a service contractor hit a gas line with a mower near a monitoring and storage warehouse at the plant. Employees at that location were evacuated, and others on site were ordered to shelter in place.

Virginia Natural Gas crews secured the valve just before noon.

Officials say Dominion Virginia Power was called after a high concentration of natural gas hit a supply line that was flowing onto an outdoor electrical power pedestal.

No one was hurt, and power was not impacted at the facility.