Crews work to repair leaking natural gas line in Raleigh

Crews stopped a leak in a two-inch natural gas line around 5:30 p.m. but people who lived in the area were evacuated.
Crews worked throughout Friday evening to repair a leaking two-inch gas line.

Police say a construction crew working in a manhole hit a pipe in the 600 block of East Martin Street, near Haywood Street, near downtown Raleigh.

PSNC sealed the leak around 5:30 p.m., but the leak led to the evacuation of a one-block area.

"I've been at work all day, and I got to come home to this," said resident Vonisha Leak.

Leak also returned from work to learn roads were closed near her home.

"I went down every block, and I can't get to my house," said Leak.

Others were forced to leave their homes as well.

"It's frustrating with where it is and of course I'm right in the middle of it," said resident Menzel Snipes.

Snipes lives a few houses down from where the leak occurred.

Snipes walked around aimlessly for hours with one of her pets, but she was really worried about two other older dogs that were stuck inside her house.

"I can't get in or out, or do anything," said Snipes.

Police say a crew accidentally nicked a gas pipe while working on sewer lines. It happened Friday afternoon just as folks where gearing up to start their holiday weekend.

"I just left my doctor's appointment, and I'm waiting to get my daughter," said Leak. "We were going to go out and stuff, but now I don't know how I'm going to get through. So I don't know."

Crews were eventually able to stop the gas from leaking.

People were finally able to get back into their homes or in Snipes' case reunite with the pets that she was so concerned about.

"There's no power. There's no air conditioning," said Snipes. "Luckily, the house is shaded but still I'm a little nervous."

A handful of gas customers also had their service knocked out, but it has been restored.

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