Gas leak forces evacuations

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URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — Dozens have been evacuated from their homes after a gas leak.

At least three apartment buildings were evacuated and roads were blocked off as crews tried to contain a gas leak in Urbana.

It happened on Bradley Avenue, sometime after 6pm. Crews started blocking off parts of the street around 6:30pm.

Officers were cleared from the scene by 9:30pm, the gas was shut off and power to the buildings restored.

Police say it started when a car hit a gas line. The line started leaking, and the gas was blowing toward an apartment complex.

“We cordoned off the area and evacuated the buildings after monitoring gas levels.”

Three buildings were evacuated, and Ameren cut off the power to a handful of buildings while they investigated.

Brian Houska with the Urbana Fire Department says it’s why it’s taken them hours to fix.

“Usually the larger the gas leak the larger the time.”

It’s left some without a place to stay for the foreseeable future.

“Iit just depends, I should wait. What I can do is just wait, wait, wait.”

She says the police came and knocked on her door telling her she needed to evacuate.

“I just got some valuable things out and I left my cat, so now I’m hoping I can go home and get my cat.”

But while she and others wait, fire officials say nobody else is in any real danger. 

“The warmth of the day and the prevailing wind are taking most of the gas away from anyone that would otherwise be in danger.”

Police say no one was hurt in the car crash that caused the leak to start. Ameren crews are working on shutting the gas lines off.

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