At approximately 9:50 am today, HDPS Fire Services personnel were dispatched to 48th Street & Lincoln Avenue for a natural gas line that was struck. Personnel arrived on scene to find that a contractor operating equipment in the area punctured a high pressure gas line. Personnel isolated the area and conducted air monitoring to measure for flammability risks in the immediate area. SEMCO arrived on scene shortly after the pipeline was struck and began the process of reducing the pressure on the line and eventually stopping the leak. Detours were established and implemented deny access to the area while SEMCO worked to stop the leak. There were no evacuations.
UPDATE 4:55 PM: At approximately 1:45 pm SEMCO had the contained the flow of gas from the puncture stopped. They will continue to work throughout the day and make needed repairs to the pipe. It is expected that these efforts will continue into the late evening. Motorists can expect that detours will be in place throughout the evening until the work is complete. At this time there are no reported injuries.
In addition to the response from fire services personnel, assistance was provided from the Holland Police Department and Holland BPW.
UPDATE 5:30 PM: Information from MDOT indicates that road closures and detours will remain in place until areas affected by the leak are prepared and paved. Although repairs on the damaged pipe were expected to be completed later this evening the need to correctly restore the driving surface will require that the area be closed through for a longer period of time perhaps into Friday. MDOT will be providing a press release identifying the details concerning this part of the incident.
For additional information contact Captain Chris Tinney at 616-355-1023.