Cut gas line leads to evacuation, road closure

Photo by Plano Fire-Rescue on Twitter.
Residents were temporarily evacuated and Parker Road is closed both east and westbound due to a gas line cut during construction.

Plano Police Department and Plano Fire-Rescue have closed the westbound and eastbound lanes of Parker Road near Country Place and temporarily evacuated the 1600-1700 block of Scottsdale and Coppercreek due to a gas line cut during construction.

Cut gas lines can cause natural gas to explode if mixes with air of certain concentrations or ignited by a spark or flame, according to the Department of Energy. The CDC also notes that gas leaks can cause skin and eye irritation, dizziness, headache and nausea.

Earlier this month, a gas leak in the sewage system lead to store evacuations and road closures on the northbound service road of Highway 75 between Park Boulevard and Parker Road throughout the day, and a still-pending investigation into the cause of the leak.

The current leak off of Parker Road has been deemed safe for residents to return home. The road will remain closed until further notice as Atmos and Plano Fire Department are on the scene.

To avoid gas lines being cut, Atmos suggests calling 811 before digging to locate underground, utility-owned lines.

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