It was a startling morning for several residents and businesses in Donelson. A major gas leak forced evacutions and a road closure for several hours.
Reports stated the leak was due to construction work on Donelson Pike. During the work, which was associated with the Cumberland City Low Water Transmission Main Project, authorities said the contractor, Garney Construction, hit a one inch gas service line between Emery Drive and Lakeland Drive.
“We're doing monitor readings around the perimeter of about 150 meters,” said William Swann, Nashville Fire Department Commander. “We got zero readings, so that just tells us the leak itself is isolated. We know exactly where it's at. It’s not seeping anywhere else.”
Both police and fire crews responded to the scene. They closed the roadways and evacuated businesses and residences in a three-block radius.
Piedmont Gas was also on site. According to reports, emergency personnel was set to reopen the area once the leak was repaired.
Around 4:15 p.m., officials said the repairs were ongoing and the roadway remained closed; however, they confirmed the evacuations had been lifted.
At 11:30 p.m., authorities confirmed the repairs had been completed and the roadways safely reopened.
No injuries were reported in this incident.