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.