(Abby Breidenbach was LIVE this morning at the scene of the gas leak on Ambassador and Dulles)
UPDATE: Traffic has reopened on Ambassador and Dulles. Utilities will remain off until further notice, according to a spokesman for the fire department.
A busy intersection in Lafayette was closed to thru traffic this morning because a private contractor breached a three-inch gas line while doing work in the area.
Lafayette Fire Hazmat responded to a smell of gas today at around 9:00 a.m. at the intersection of Ambassador Caffery Pkwy. and Dulles Dr. Monday, July 30, according to Alton Trahan, spokesman for the Lafayette Fire Department. Ambassador was closed from Dulles Dr. to Guilbeau Rd while the scene was secured.
Trahan says the utility service in the area was shut down, and a nursing home on Dulles Drive was ordered to shelter in place after the incident.
Hazmat crews were on scene monitoring the air quality.
Ambassador and Dulles were reopened before noon to traffic. Fire officials say that utilities will remain off until further notice and that power was expected to be restored to the area by noon.