Elizabethton water dept. ruptures gas line; Atmos Energy responds

(Source: WJHL)

CARTER COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Around 70 gas customers were left without gas service after a gas line break Wednesday morning along State Line Road and Bob Little Road.

The leak was reported around 8:15 a.m. According to Atmos Energy, the Elizabethton Water Department was performing some work, in the Valley Forge area of Carter County, when somehow crews struck one of the Atmos gas lines.

Atmos Energy told News Channel 11 it is still trying to investigate how it happened.

The gas company hopes to have service turned back on before the end of the day.

The Hampton-Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Department also responded.

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Drivers are encouraged to avoid the area.

As a precaution, one nearby customer was evacuated  – but they are back in they are home right now.

The City of Elizabethton reported on Tuesday that it would be working on water lines in the Valley Forge area.  Work was expected to begin at 10:00 a.m. and will continue until the repair is complete.

The city said that water service may be interrupted from Coal Chute south to McCloud Road on the west side of Highway 19-E.

The city asks customers to prepare for no water service for several hours.

News Channel 11 is following the situation, we’ll post more details as soon as they become available.

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