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17 residences evacuated, others sheltering in place after gas line ruptures in Suffolk

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Posted at 1:13 PM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 15:03:25-04

SUFFOLK, Va. - Multiple Suffolk Fire & Rescue units are on scene in the Lloyd Place neighborhood in Suffolk after a gas line ruptured Wednesday morning.

As a precautionary measure, about 42 residents have been evacuated from 17 residences. Additionally, residents in eight homes are currently sheltering in place due to medical needs, officials said.

Several affected citizens are being provided assistance and shelter on Suffolk Fire & Rescue’s Rehab Bus.

N. 4th Street, N. 5th Street, N. Capital Street, and Bank Street Extended are closed at this time, and Public Works crews have placed detour signs in the area.

As of 2 p.m., crews have secured the gas leak and are in process of removing all staged equipment and providing assistance to any citizens that may need help returning to their residences.

Officials say the affected roadways are also being reopened.