Motorists travelling Highway 6 between Lumby and Vernon are being impacted by a natural gas leak.
A gas line was broken at about 9:10 a.m. Thursday in Lavington at Highway 6 and Park Lane.
A car struck a high-pressure gas line, causing a break which could be heard and smelled in the area. The driver of the vehicle was taken to hospital with unknown injuries.
“Traffic is not being permitted on Highway 6 in the area and flag persons are on the scene rerouting traffic while crews contain the leak,” said Gord Molendyk, with the RCMP.
“Residents close to the gas leak are being evacuated as well.”
Emergency Social Services has set up at the Coldstream Women’s Institute for those evacuated – residents along Highway 6 between Hill Drive and Springfield Road. Children at Lavington Elementary have also been bussed over to Coldstream Elementary.
Motorists are being detoured via Dure Meadow Road, Whitevale Road and Learmouth Road. DriveBC estimates the highway may be re-opened at 7 p.m.
Fortis BC crews are currently trying to determine the best way to fix the situation,
“We anticipate that we’ll be doing that this afternoon or tonight so we do thank customers we know this is a big inconvenience to people especially since I hear its quite cold there,” said Michael Allison, spokesperson.
A number of residents are expected to be affected by loss of natural gas, therefore crews will be going door-to-door to do relights.
“While we make repairs, a natural gas service outage will be necessary for customers in Lumby,” said Allison. “We will have a clearer picture on the numbers of customers affected once gas has been brought under control, which we expect to take place later this evening.”
Power was also shut off to approximately 300 residents in the area and is expected to be back on around 8 p.m.
Check for updates and see Friday’s issue of The Morning Star.