Gas Leaks And Power Outages Keep Utility Crews Busy

By: Daniel Armbruster Email
By: Daniel Armbruster Email

Firefighters rushed to northeast Bryan after one of several transformers caught fire when damaging winds blew through a neighborhood on Pecan Ridge Drive, Wednesday morning. The 60 mph wind took out power lines and kept BTU crews busy.

In College Station, residents living in the 1000 block of Guadalupe Dr. were told to stay inside after a natural gas line blew. A tree fell on top of the gas line causing it to rupture.

"They told me that I would be okay. Just to stay inside until they got it fixed," said Doris Guthcher.

Firefighters secured the area, not far from A&M Consolidated High School. Students were said to be safe.

"Students are fine. After gas monitoring with special equipment we've determined that there is no danger in that area," said Dan McNeill, College Station Fire Department.

Workers with Atmos Energy arrived to fix the leak and replace a gas line. They Determined no one was in immediate danger. However, for residents like Gutcher it means staying inside without the use of appliances.

"The pilot lights are all out. I guess it's safe. It's not gassy in here anyway," said Gutcher.

12 residents lost power in College Station according to CSU. That is because most of their power lines are under ground. 3150 customers lost power in east Bryan.

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