Oak Park Gas main break causes temporary evacuation

Construction equipment accidentally caused leak, village says

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Some residents of the 800 block of South Highland Avenue were evacuated from their homes Thursday morning when a construction crew's equipment struck a gas main in the parkway between 8:30 and 9 a.m., said Oak Park village spokesman David Powers.

"As a precaution, police evacuated eight houses — four to the north and four to the south — although most people were not at home or [just] leaving," Powers said.

A few displaced villagers were offered the option of waiting in the park district's Longfellow Center.

Nicor Gas was alerted and the repair took about an hour, Powers said.

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Done from Oak Park  

Posted: September 20th, 2013 9:05 AM

Article does not mention also that there was a soft lockdown at Longfellow School.

AnneE from oak park  

Posted: September 19th, 2013 6:07 PM

I smelled it as I was walking by Ridgeland and Jackson at 11am. Glad it turned out ok.

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