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Broken gas line forces shelter-in-place

Oct. 23, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

BURLINGTON, Ohio -- A broken Columbia Gas pipeline caused officials to issue a shelter in place for about 75 homes along County Road 144 (Charley Creek Road) in Fayette Township and forced parents to pick up students at the old K-Mart shopping center parking lot Monday afternoon due to a road closure.

A Lawrence County road crew was cutting grass in the area about 10 a.m. Monday when a mower hit an exposed, unmarked gas line, County Engineer Doug Cade said. The gas line break occurred near a bridge at about the 2.5 mile marker of County Road 144 in Fayette Township. Columbia Gas crews weren't expected to make repairs until about 7:30 or 8 p.m. Monday, Cade said.

No one was hurt, but the road will remain closed until all repairs are made, said Mike Boster, county Emergency Management Agency director said.

About 75 Columbia Gas customers were affected by the gas line break, Cade said.

"We notified school officials about the road closure," Cade said.

The break occurred after students had been taken to school, but the road was closed by the time school was out for the day, he said.

"We went in the back way and got most of them home," said Ken Cook, South Point superintendent. "We had to notify about a half-dozen parents to pick their children up because we couldn't get through. There was a fire truck blocking the road."

The students were picked up at the old K-Mart parking lot, Cade said.

A shelter in place order was issued about 10 a.m. for several dozen residents along County Road 144, Cade said.