‘Catastrophic failure’ causes gas to seep into sewer line in Gas City

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GAS CITY, Ind. (April 25, 2016) – A “catastrophic failure” of an underground pipe has caused gas to seep into Gas City’s sewer line. Tim Leach with the city’s sewage department told FOX59 that one of the pipes at the Sunoco gas station busted, causing gas to seep into the ground. The gas found its way into the sewer line and from there it got into the sewage plant.

Leach says a few people complained about smelling gas fumes in their homes, and they’ve been telling residents to evacuate their homes immediately and call police if they smell gas.

The problem is now contained to one city block (100 block of Main Street), and crews are working to suck out the gas from the lines there so they can transport it to a disposal site.

Crews have been monitoring gas fumes at manhole covers, and they will continue to monitor the situation.

Leach wants to stress that the groundwater is not affected by leak.