IROQUOIS – Several businesses and apartment buildings were evacuated Thursday afternoon following a natural gas leak at Ross Video.
Falling debris ruptured an exposed gas line at the construction site of the company’s expansion at 8 John Street around 1:40 p.m October 7.
South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services crews were dispatched minutes later and began the evacuation of Ross Video.
The Royal Canadian Legion and Iroquois Enterprises were both evacuated just after 2 p.m.
Area roads (including County Road 2) were closed to traffic with detours put into place, and the Municipality of South Dundas activated part of its Municipal Emergency Plan. An evacuation centre was opened at the Iroquois Civic Centre and residents from apartments neighbouring Ross Video were hosted there.
Students at Iroquois Public School were kept indoors after a “hold and secure” order was given at the school. Students were dismissed at the end of the school day, and some buses routes were delayed due to detours.
While crews from Enbridge Gas were on the scene less than an hour after the leak began, repairs were delayed due to a need for more information on underground electrical services and Eastlink Cable.
Just after 5 p.m. Enbridge crews were given clearance to begin digging and less than 15 minutes later the gas line leak was repaired.
SDFES cleared the apartments on John and Dundas Streets for residents to return at 5:35 p.m.
In a statement to The Leader, SDFES Chief Cameron Morehouse thanked municipal staff, firefighters, OPP, Ross Video staff, IPS staff, and local businesses and residents affected during the situation.
Ross Video posted a statement expressing their appreciation to the community, emergency services and the municipality.
“Community support was immediate and excellent, thank you,” the company said.
Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Morrisburg Leader