Natural gas pipe leak temporarily shuts down SW 13th Street

Published: Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.

A leaking natural gas pipe that shut down one lane of Southwest 13th Street Wednesday afternoon and evening was repaired by early Thursday, allowing traffic to return to normal.

According to Gainesville Regional Utilities spokesman Dan Jesse, the leak never posed a real danger to the public. It was the result of a crack in a cast iron pipe on the east side of S. W. 13th Street near the 800 block. The leak was reported shortly before 4 p.m. and left 15 customers, including seven sororities, without natural gas.

"We had crews working on this overnight to make the repair," Jesse said. "Like anything else, this was an old pipe and things do wear out."

Gas service had been restored to all but one sorority house by 9 am. Thursday, Jesse said, and that service was expected to be restored shortly.

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