Gas leak

Gas leak

South Euclid Police block drivers from passing the site of a natural gas leak in front of the U.S. Post Office at 1568 S. Green Road in South Euclid. The leak forced the closure of South Green Road between Mayfield and Neville roads. | CJN photo / Alyssa Schmitt

A natural gas leak has forced the closure of South Green Road between Mayfield and Neville roads in South Euclid. No injuries have been reported.

At 10:09 a.m. March 1, Dominion Energy Ohio received an initial report from a water department contractor that its crew had struck a line at 1534 S. Green Road, said Neil Durbin, Dominion Energy Ohio senior communications specialist. Dominion Energy crews arrived on scene at 10:31, and by 11:24, they'd shut off the flow of gas to make the area safe, Durbin said.

Cleveland Water public information officer John Goersmeyer confirmed a contractor was working to repair a 12-inch water line at the time of the incident.

"While they were beginning to do the excavation, they inadvertently hit the gas line," he said. "When that happened, we immediately stopped and notified the South Euclid Fire Department."

South Euclid fire and police departments responded to the call, as did University Heights Fire Department. All businesses north of 1530 S. Green Road to Mayfield Road were evacuated, said South Euclid Fire Capt. Ted Shoop.

Students at the Learning Advantage Education Center and Preschool and Lyceum School were also evacuated and walked to University Suburban Health Center down the road. The students have since been able to return to their schools. 

Residents in houses in the immediate area were asked to leave their houses and walk toward Mayfield Road until it was safe to return to their homes, Shoop said.   

Listed at 1534 S. Green Road is Garfield Memorial Church, according to its website. The address is on the west side of the street, south of Mayfield Road and north of the U.S. Post Office at 1568 S. Green Road.

As of 12:30 p.m., Dominion Energy crews were working to repair the line, and due to the nature of the incident, remove water from the line. Once completed, service can be restored, explained Durbin, adding crews are "hoping to get it done sometime this afternoon."

As of 3:30 p.m. the road was still closed. 

This story will be updated.

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