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Gas Leak Capped After Pleasant Hill Neighborhood Evacuated

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The scene of a Pleasant Hill gas leak that caused evacuations in the College Park neighborhood. (CBS)

The scene of a Pleasant Hill gas leak that caused evacuations in the College Park neighborhood. (CBS)

PLEASANT HILL (CBS SF) — Pleasant Hill police have canceled an evacuation order for the College Park neighborhood Thursday after PG&E crews capped a gas leak.

A third-party construction crew damaged a 3-inch steel gas line while excavating a concrete sidewalk near the intersection of Ruth and Viking drives at around 2:30 p.m., PG&E spokesman Brian Swanson said.

The leak was capped at 3:58 p.m. and crews are at the scene working to repair the damage, which is expected to take several hours, Swanson said.

After repairs are completed, PG&E crews will work to restore service to customers who were affected, he said.

PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said the leak did not pose an immediate danger to residents, although police advised evacuation as a precaution.

“Natural gas dissipates into the atmosphere and it should not be a concern,” she said.

The leak occurred near Valley View Middle School and Diablo Valley College. Schools in the area were evacuated and parents were notified, according to police.

Police also closed nearby roads to traffic as crews worked to repair the damage.

Police said residents should feel free to resume normal activity.

Anyone with or concerns can call Pleasant Hill police at (925) 288-4600.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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