Manchester Township homes evacuated for gas leak

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – Residents of a Manchester Township housing development have been allowed to return to their homes after a gas leak Wednesday afternoon that forced evacuations and kept school buses out of the neighborhood.

Residents of Woodmont Estates were allowed to return at around 5 p.m. while crews worked to restore gas service. They expected to have the repair completed Wednesday night.

000002Authorities said workers installing a new line for Columbia Gas struck the existing 10-inch pressure line in the 2700 block of Woodmont Drive shortly before 1 p.m.

“You could smell gas about a quarter of a mile away as I was approaching the scene,” Chief Joe Madzelan of York Area United Fire & Rescue said. “You could hear it about a block away and I could feel the ground shaking within a half-block of the incident, so obviously that gives you some idea about the amount of pressure the gas is under.”

Homes were evacuated on Woodmont, Harvest Drive, Hearthridge Drive, and Robin Hill Circle. Most people were at work, but about 30 residents were told to leave the area.

Buses from the Central York School District were not permitted to drive students to homes on those streets. Parents were notified to pick up their children at at school at dismissal.

There were no reports of injuries.


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