UPDATE: Virginia Natural Gas crews secured the gas line at approximately 2:55 p.m. on Tuesday. Crews are now in the process of accounting for those who had previously been evacuated, to make certain they return home safely. Officials say at one point, a total of 54 people were evacuated. No injuries have been reported.
Suffolk, Va. – Suffolk Fire & Rescue crews and Suffolk Police are currently on the scene of a gas line break at Freeney Avenue and 7th Street.
The call came in at approximately 12:25 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, advising that a contractor doing work at that location had damaged a gas line.
Detours are currently in place from 6th to 8th Streets at E. Washington Street, and traffic is being detoured down Bank Street Extended.
Nearby homes have been evacuated, as well as the Suffolk Public Schools Plant Service facility at 7th Street.
Suffolk Parks & Recreation staff and vehicles are assisting with transporting those individuals who have been evacuated to the East Suffolk Recreation Center. The East Suffolk Recreation Center is also a polling location, however, voting has not been affected. Voters can detour through the Lake Kennedy neighborhood via White Marsh Road, to Lake Kennedy Drive to S. 6th Street.
Virginia Natural Gas is on the scene.
Stay with NewsChannel 3 for updates.