Vernon gas leak forces evacuation and cuts off power to hundreds

Emergency crews respond to a natural gas leak at 27th Avenue and 35th Street Wednesday morning. - Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star
Emergency crews respond to a natural gas leak at 27th Avenue and 35th Street Wednesday morning.
— image credit: Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star

UPDATE 1:50 P.M.

Vernon Fire Rescue reports that the gas line break on 27th Avenue has been contained.

Natural gas will remain turned off while Fortis BC crews repair the damage. Gas and power will be restored by late afternoon, according to the City of Vernon.

Residents can return to their homes.


UPDATE 11:55 A.M.


Gas and power are being shut off by Fortis B.C. from 34th to 41st streets and 24th, 25th and 27th avenues following a natural gas leak Wednesday morning.
The gas leak occurred on 27th Avenue and 35 Street.
The City of Vernon says 299 Fortis customers will be affected, including the Blue Moon Esso, the Evergreen Motel and the Vernon Family Doctors Medical Centre.
Crews hope residents will be able to return to their homes within two hours.


UPDATE 11:05 A.M.


A natural gas leak that occurred during road construction Wednesday prompted officials to evacuate 72 residents of the Ukrainian Village Apartments on 27th Avenue and 35th Street.
People in the affected area of 27th Avenue, between 33rd and 35th streets, are urged to stay inside with windows and doors closed while crews respond to the leak.
"Air conditioned buses have been brought to the site for residents so they can be kept safe and comfortable while crews are working," said Tanya Laing Gahr, the City of Vernon's communications co-ordinator
It's expected that the leak will be repaired by 1 p.m. or sooner.



City of Vernon crews are reporting a gas leak at 27th Avenue and 35th Street downtown Wednesday morning.

FortisBC, Vernon Fire-Rescue Services and emergency response have all been notified and are onsite.

Residents in the area are being evacuated as a safety precaution.

More details to follow.




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