UPDATE: Cass County Residents Returning To Home After Gas Leak

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Emergency crews have allowed residents to return to their homes after a gas leak forced them to evacuate Monday morning.

Just before 6:00 Monday morning crews were called to the area of 37200 block of Muriel Drive, just south of Louisville in Cass County, Neb.

Officials discovered a leak in a high pressure line for natural gas. As of late Monday morning, Fire Chief Jason McClun said the cause was under investigation, but speculated that it could've been a bad valve or a combination of moist, cold weather.

Crews were able to quickly find the leaky valve and shut it off. They said it will take several hours to fix; however, the leak is isolated so most residents are safe to return to their homes.

Homeowner Eric Rodriguez says uniformed firefighters came to his home in gas masks just after 6 a.m. He and his family walked away from their home because crews worried that starting a vehicle would ignite gas in the air.

Rodriguez says the smell of gas was overpowering when crews arrived.

"Very strong odor. Made me kind of dizzy actually as I was walking down smelling it," Rodriguez says.

One residence will be out of gas while repairs are made.

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