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UPDATE: Southbound lane of Johnston Street reopens after gas leak, NB lane to reopen after

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Posted at 10:47 AM, Apr 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-07 16:43:34-04

LAFAYETTE, La. — UPDATE: The Southbound lane of Johnston Street has reopened after hazmat crews repaired a gas line that closed the intersection of Johnston St. and E. Broussard due to a gas line that was broken.

The Lafayette Fire Department says that the Northbound lane of Johnston Street will reopen later Wednesday afternoon as soon as first responders and hazmat crews remove their equipment.

According to LFD:

The natural gas leak has been repaired. The south bound lanes on Johnston Street has been reopened. The north bound lanes will be opening shortly once first responders and the repair company remove equipment from the roadway.

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Lanes of traffic at the intersection of Johnston Street and E. Broussard are closed due to a gas line that was broken in the area.

The Lafayette Fire Department says construction crews working on in the 6800 block of Johnston Street accidentally hit a 3” high pressure natural gas line while digging. Lafayette Fire Hazmat team is on the scene assessing the situation. There are no evacuations at this time.

The gas leak started at around 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

Emergency officials are asking motorists to avoid the area. Lafayette Police has closed off Johnston Street between Aqueduct Drive and West Broussard Road. Traffic has been diverted.

CenterPoint Energy is on the scene working to repair the broken line. According to technicians, the repairs will take at least 4 hours.

First responders will remain on scene until the incident is resolved, they say.