UPDATE: Grass Valley gas leak repaired; 80 customers affected until this evening | TheUnion.com

UPDATE: Grass Valley gas leak repaired; 80 customers affected until this evening

UPDATE at 5:40 p.m.:

PG&E completed its repairs at 5:30 p.m. and is now working toward restoring gas service to some 80 customers.

The service restoration could take hours, as PG&E must visit every affected home. Customers must be present for a gas service representative to have their service restored, said Brandi Merlo, PG&E spokeswoman.

UPDATE: According to PG&E, crews have reached the leak and shut off the gas. The leak is in a 2-inch plastic distribution pipe.

Approximately 80 customers are expected to lose gas service for two to three hours as of 2 p.m. Monday afternoon. PG&E workers are in the area to shut off gas to individual homes while repair work is being completed.

Once repairs are made, the workers will return to each home and turn the gas back on. Representatives expected gas service to be restored early this evening.

Authorities say between 20 and 50 people have evacuated their North Church Street homes after a construction crew hit a gas line Monday afternoon.

The crew struck the 1-inch line around 12:30 p.m. PG&E learned minutes later about the leak. A gas service representative was on site by 1:10 p.m. and a crew on its way to the scene, authorities said.

North Church Street is closed from Richardson Street to where it dead ends, said Josh Sunde, battalion chief with Nevada County Consolidated Fire District.

“They’re going to have to dig up the road and the cap it,” Sunde added. “If you can smell it, there’s some danger.”

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