Henderson Gas Leak Prompts Evacuations

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE: 9/25/13 7:40 PM CDT

HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) -- Some Henderson residents who had to leave their homes due to a gas leak have been allowed to return.

Officials in the western Kentucky town evacuated 10 homes for about three hours Wednesday afternoon. Henderson Assistant Fire Chief Jerry Vanden Brook told The Gleaner in Henderson that a squirrel running along a power line caused a short, and power eventually went into the ground and pierced a gas line.

Officials said no one was injured, and no property damage was reported.

Henderson County Emergency Management Director Larry Koerber said the ruptured line was about 1 1/4 inches and made of metal. He said several hours passed after the power line short before someone smelled gas and reported it.

Green River Road was blocked for a while as workers dug to find the leak.

HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) -- A gas leak in western Kentucky has prompted officials to evacuate 10 homes as a precaution.

Henderson County Emergency Management Director Larry Koerber told The Gleaner in Henderson that workers are monitoring the gas and will keep the houses evacuated until the location is safe.

The site is on Green River Road in Henderson between Beechwood and U.S. 60. The Henderson Fire Department and Public Works have blocked the road as workers dig to find the leak.

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