Benicia Evacuation Order Lifted - NBC Bay Area

Benicia Evacuation Order Lifted



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    PG&E crews have capped a ruptured gas line on East K Street at  East Second Street in Benicia and residents and City Hall workers who were  evacuated returned to the affected area, Benicia Fire  Marshal Ray Iverson said.

    The leak in the 4-inch plastic gas line was capped at 2:40 p.m.  and an all clear was issued at 3 p.m., Iverson said.

    PG&E spokeswoman Katie Romans said the line was capped at 2:30  p.m.

    PG&E expects to complete repairs to the gas line by midnight,  Iverson said. Romans said they might be completed sooner.

    The five-square-block area around Benicia City Hall was evacuated  around 12:30 p.m. when workers from a private company struck the gas line  while digging a trench, Iverson said.

    The evacuation included City Hall, the Benicia Public Library and  the Benicia Senior Center on East L Street.

    There are 24 apartment units and 10 homes in the evacuation area  that includes East L Street between East Second Street and East Third Street,  and East K Street between East First Street and East Third Street, Iverson  said.
        Evacuees were sent to the Benicia Community Center at 320 East L  St., Iverson said.
        No injuries were reported, Iverson said.