Richmond Gas Leak Capped After Some Residents Evacuated

RICHMOND (CBS SF) – PG&E finished repairs to a broken gas line that triggered evacuations in Richmond Friday morning, a spokesman said Friday afternoon.

The 3-inch gas line on Marina Bay Parkway near Jetty Drive and Pierson Avenue was repaired around 3:30 p.m., PG&E spokesman Joe Molica said.

The line was broken around 9:42 a.m. by a construction crew that was drilling in the area, according to Richmond fire officials.

Residents at the Anchorage at Marina Bay apartment complex were evacuated and others living downwind from the area were asked to shelter in place while PG&E worked to cap the line, fire officials said.

The line was capped around 11:30 a.m., PG&E spokesman Joe Molica said.

“We will be billing this contractor for digging into our lines,” Molica said. “These kinds of third-party dig-ins are all too common.

Contractors and homeowners should call 811 before digging to check the location of utility lines, according to PG&E.

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