IOWA PARK, TX (KAUZ) - A ruptured gas line in Iowa Park caused a section of that city to be evacuated on Friday morning.
Jerry Flemming, Iowa Park City Manager, told Newschannel 6 crews that multiple agencies responded to the leak just after 10:30 a.m. on Friday. Iowa Park Public Works Dept., Iowa Park PD, Holiday PD, Wichita County Sheriff's Office, and Department Public Saftey Troopers all worked together to manage the situation.
ATMOS Energy crews are on site, and the safety zone has been established around the leak.
Flemming said officials are executing a plan to stop the leak that involves opening two new openings North and South of the leak. Officials are expecting to have to leak turned off by 5 p.m. and the evacuation order will be in place until that happens.
Residents that wish to enter the safety zone to retrieve pets and other items from their home will be asked to leave their vehicles outside of the safety zone and walk to their homes.
Flemming also said Iowa Park City Hall is serving a shelter and some residents have been transported there.
According to Flemming, the line was damaged during the filling of an opening on Johnson road.
"Iowa Park Public Works crews were covering up the hole in which gas line and a water line were exposed. A clump of dirt fell off the backhoe which is what hit the pipe," said Flemming.
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