Gas leak causes road closure, evacuations in Virginia Beach

(Liz Kilmer/WAVY Photo)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — People have been allowed back into their homes after a gas leak prompted evacuations Wednesday in Virginia Beach.

(Liz Kilmer/WAVY Photo)

Emergency crews received a report of a gas leak in the 5000 block of Lynnhaven Parkway at 11:30 a.m.

According to Duane Bourne with Virginia Natural Gas, a third party contractor working underground damaged a gas pipeline. Crews are working to isolate the damaged section of pipeline so they can stop the flow of gas. Once that’s done, repairs will be made.

Bourne said the leak has prompted evacuations of some homes in the area as a precaution. Residents were allowed to get back into their homes Wednesday night.

The heat has slowed the process of making repairs.

“When we’re dealing with temperatures in the mid-90s and heat indices up in the 100s, it is vital we are taking our companies and rotating them,” said Battalion Chief Billy Reynolds with the Virginia Beach Fire Department.

The leak has been sealed, and Lynnhaven is back open between Sinking Creek Drive to Indian River Road.

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A Google Maps image of the closure July 12, 2017, provided by Virginia Beach police.