UPDATE 5/22/2020 9:55 a.m.: Roughly 214 customers are affected until repairs on the gas leak are complete, according to Columbia Gas spokesperson Glenn Chapman.
Once the leak has been repaired, personnel from Columbia Gas will have to go door to door to make sure the gas can be turned back on safely at each home.
Christina Malone evacuated her home due to the gas link. She said she is lucky nothing caught on fire due to having children and pets at her home.
“That was our biggest thing, you know, ‘oh, we have the worst luck,’ you know, ‘here we are being evacuated in the middle of a pandemic with nowhere to go,” Malone said. “We were just more grateful that nothing caught on fire.”
WHEELERSBURG, OH (WOWK) — Several families have been evacuated from their homes after a car struck and ruptured a gas main on Vernon Street in the Garden City area of Wheelersburg, according to Scioto County Emergency Management Deputy Director Larry Mullins.
Mullins says it happened in the early morning hours of Friday, May 22, 2020. Porter and Green Township Fire Departments, along with OSHP, responded to the scene going door to door to warn people of the leak.
According to Mullins, while Columbia Gas was able to isolate the Garden City area, larger areas of Wheelersburg and Franklin Furnace are without gas until repairs can be completed.
13 News Reporter Shannon Litton and Photojournalist Chris Holtzapfel are on their way to the scene.