Gas Leak Shuts Down Streets in Downtown Dothan

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

City Work Crews were hard at work Friday morning. They were pulling up manhole covers in an attempt to stop an early morning gas leak.

"Around one o'clock this morning we received a call to a fuel spill at the city of Dothan filling station we have a private contractor that comes out and keeps our fuel levels at the appropriate amount and there was a leak that occurred," explained Chief Larry Williams.

Officials say that about 50 to 100 gallons of fuel leaked into the city's storm drain system, spreading into Omussee Creek near the Wiregrass Museum of Art and downtown Dothan.

Authorities believed they had it under control until they received another phone call later in the morning.

"This morning we received a complaint of a gas smell at a local business, we responded to that area. We started investigating that area. At that time we found that we did have fumes trapped inside of our storm drain system and product that had moved," as indicated by Mr. Williams.

Houston County's Emergency Management Agency, along with HAZMAT, were called in. Responders placed booms around the creek to help absorb the gas.

Even with the leak, officials say that there was no imminent danger to the community.

As Williams added: "We have done numerous readings throughout our area on those and they are all within normal limits. So, everything is ok there as far as just the irritant of the smell."

Williams says that this kind of thing does happen a few times each year. Sometimes it is more serious than others. Situations like this are handled with the help of community agencies coming together.

Only one building had to be evacuated today, and that only for a short period of time. Most roads were reopened by 2:00 pm.

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