Normal Heights Dealing With Gas Leaks and Water Main Breaks

Some people in Normal Heights need a break...from breaks! First, a water main break and then a gas line rupture affected the area of Hawley Boulevard and Mansfield Street just north of Adams Avenue.

On Tuesday, a construction worker inadvertently ruptured a natural gas line prompting evacuations while repair crews worked to halt the spewing fumes.The non-injury excavation accident in the 4700 block of Hawley Boulevard was reported shortly after noon, according to SDG&E. 

Firefighters cleared a dozen people out of surrounding homes, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department reported. Police, meanwhile, blocked off the northbound lanes of nearby Mansfield Street as a precaution, SDPD public-affairs Officer Billy Hernandez said. No ill health effects were reported.It took utility personnel about four hours to halt the leak, after which they began working to fix the broken pipeline, SDG&E spokesman Joe Britton said. 

It was unclear how long it would take them to complete the repairs and return natural gas service to the area, and no count of the number of affected customers was immediately available, Britton said.It came just a day after a 10-inch-diameter cast iron water main broke at Hawley Boulevard, causing flooding to homes.

Photo Credit: Sara Bartlett, KOGO News 

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