City fixes gas line rupture
After a natural gas line rupture at the scene of road work on Victor II Boulevard early this morning, city crews worked quickly to repair the problem without incident.
Fire trucks were on the scene near M C Bank around 7:30 a.m. after the leak was reported by Byron E. Talbot Contractor Inc. of Schriever which is doing road work in the area.
The smell of natural gas was apparent in the air as work crews moved away from the leak and city officials were en route to the scene, eyewitnesses said.
Project Foreman Kevin Jackson said his crew detected the gas leak after a worker reported water bubbling up from the ground.
“We don’t know what caused it, maybe too much weight on the line,” Jackson said. “We detected the leak about 7:30 a.m. then we moved work away from the leak and called the city. We called the city and notified them of the leak, and they said they would have someone out here right away.”
Jackson said he told his crew to keep all heavy equipment on the pavement because he did not know how deep the utility lines were.
He also said he told his crew to be careful setting iron forms to pour concrete.
“One of my guys was driving the iron pins and said he was hitting something,” Jackson said. “I told him not to drive it because I don’t know what is under there. It could be gas or water (lines), but it could just be a piece of cement. I am just going to cut the pin off because I don’t want to drive through anything. I just don’t know what is under there.”
By 9 a.m., the rupture in the gas line was repaired.
“The contractor called as soon as it happened, and we got a crew out there and repaired it,” Morgan City Chief Administrative Officer Lorrie Braus said.
The road work is part of the city’s ongoing road repairs paid for by a sales tax voters passed in November. The overlay, patching and subsurface reconstruction of Victor II Boulevard is considered Phase III of the project and is costing the city $423,000.