Columbia Gas workers

Workers continue to address the gas line failure at a Columbia Gas station near U.S. 42 and Hanley Road.

MANSFIELD -- The evacuation caused by a leak at a Columbia Gas pump station has been lifted, according to the Washington Township Fire Department. 

Residents can return to their homes.

Hanley Road westbound at the intersection of Hanley Road and U.S. 42 was still closed as of 6 p.m. Workers were still at the pump station.

The gas leak was reported Saturday afternoon at a small pump station located at the corner of U.S. 42 and Hanley Road. Road closures have been cut back, but Hanley Road westbound was still closed as of 6 p.m.

Columbia Gas reported that natural gas service has been interrupted to approximately 1,000 customers in Lexington due to a mechanical failure on a gas line near U.S. 42. The company turned off gas to the line at 3 p.m.

"Once gas service has been turned off to each of our affected customers, we will begin to make repairs to the damaged line," read a report on the company website. "Once those repairs have been completed, technicians will begin work to restore service to affected customers."

Bill Loomer, a media representative for Columbia Gas, said there's a strong possibility that restoration of gas to affected homes and businesses will begin tomorrow.

Restoration of service requires Columbia Gas crews to access impacted customers’ homes and businesses to complete a safety inspection and relight appliances. This could take approximately 30 minutes per home.

An adult must be present at each home in order to allow Columbia Gas workers to restore service. Impacted customers are advised to keep their porch lights on. 

If impacted customers are planning to leave their homes, Columbia Gas asks that contact or access information be left with a neighbor or on the customer’s door so that our crews can gain access to the home to reestablish service.   

Columbia Gas employees and contractors carry photo IDs and will be happy to show them on request.  

Customers that have special needs or medical concerns should contact Columbia Gas should contact Columbia Gas at 1-800-344-4077.

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