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2/27/2014 11:24:00 PM
Neighborhood near veterans home disrupted by gas leak

La Salle firefighters prevent traffic from nearing a gas main rupture at Crosat Street and O'Conor Avenue on Thursday afternoon.NewsTribune photo/Chris Yucus
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La Salle firefighters prevent traffic from nearing a gas main rupture at Crosat Street and O'Conor Avenue on Thursday afternoon.
NewsTribune photo/Chris Yucus
Rachel Stella
Media Editor

Portions of residential roads were closed Thursday afternoon in La Salle for a gas leak at O’Conor Avenue and Crosat Street.

City workers had been working to repair a water main break in the area, and their activity caused the gas main leak, public works director Jeff Bumgarner said.

“Apparently, we nicked the line just a little bit,” Bumgarner said, adding that he hadn’t yet seen the site and was relaying information from others.

Bumgarner said the fire and police departments were called, as well as Ameren Illinois, and the city workers moved away from the scene.

The staff members at the Illinois Veterans Home on O’Conor Avenue were told just before 3 p.m. they could not leave, in case the residents needed to be evacuated, according to Kemp Smith, who was visiting the home with his therapy dog. Residents also were told to stop smoking, Smith said.

“They stopped smoking in the canteen, and they’re not letting anybody out,” Smith said.

Ameren crews were at the site, trying to isolate the section of the line, Ameren Illinois spokeswoman Stacey Shangraw said.

No evacuations were necessary, according to the mayor’s office. The fire department is asking any resident who smells a strong natural gas odor to call the fire department at (815) 223-0834.

The fire department also asks people to avoid the neighborhood until repair is made.

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