Severed gas line shuts down ER
by Gary Kent
May 18, 2014 | 21 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE – Hillside Drive was closed to traffic Thursday morning after a natural gas line was cut by a backhoe being operated by a city utility crew.

The accident led to the Beeville Police Department and Beeville Volunteer Fire Department ordering the emergency room to be closed at Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville. Also, the hospital administration was warned that the problem might call for the hospital to be evacuated.

No one had to be evacuated, but firefighters and police kept a tight control on any traffic in the area while a crew from Center Point Energy was sent there to stop the leak.

According to a report filed, the BVFD received the first call of a broken plastic gas line at 9:29 a.m. at 200 S. Hillside Dr.

The report on file at the Wallace M. Weniger Central Fire Station indicated that the city crew working at that site immediately shut down all its equipment and left the scene.

The street was immediately blocked off and personnel in all the offices along that stretch of street were put on notice of the leak.

The severed line had been temporarily plugged by the utility company by 11:15 that morning with plans to make a more permanent repair later in the day.
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