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Jimmie Dyess open again following natural gas leak

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UPDATE: Both of the southbound lanes and one of the northbound lanes of Jimmie Dyess Parkway are now open to traffic.

 Natural gas repair crews have found the main line, which is ten feet deep in the ground. Because it's so deep, they will have to shore up the hole before they can get in to shut off the main – causing a delay of about an hour or so. Detours continue at this time.

No evacuations are going to be required as the leak continues at this time. The only building that would have been evacuated is unoccupied. The leak started when a contractor laying telephone line hit a high pressure ¾ inch gas line this morning just before 10:00 a.m.

CCSO is setting up a detour – routing motorists off of Belair Road to Park West Drive to CDP Blvd. to Wrightsboro Road.  There are still no evacuations of surrounding businesses or homes.  Atlanta Gas Light repair crews are on scene working to stop the leak.

Original Story:

All northbound and southbound lanes of Jimmie Dyess Parkway in front of Beasley Broadcasting are being temporarily closed down due to a large vapor cloud coming from a natural gas leak in that area. 

Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue and CCSO are on scene and Atlanta Gas Light repair crews are en route.  No evacuations have been conducted at this time, but responders are actively evaluating the need for evacuations.

Please avoid that area until further notice.

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