GOSHEN — Goshen firefighters and Northern Indiana Public Service Co. workers are at the scene of a gas leak in at the intersection of Lafayette and Main streets in Goshen. Some residents in the immediate area are being evacuated.
Elkhart County emergency communications staff received a call of a gas leak at 9:44 a.m. today.
Kent Holdren, superintendent for the Goshen Water and Sewer Department, said a work crew from that department was working on fixing a fire hydrant that had been damaged over the winter. The crew struck a line that was unmarked, despite NIPSCO doing a line location check before the work began, according to Holdren.
“A (NIPSCO) locator was here but did not mark that (gas) line,” Holdren said.
Goshen Fire Department Capt. Bruce Nethercutt said he was told by NIPSCO officials that the fix would take several hours because of the nature of the pipe.
Nethercutt added that the wind was assisting in dispersing the gas from reaching dangerous levels in the area.
“We’re fortunate it’s a breezy day,” he said.
Main Street from College Avenue to Plymouth Avenue is closed with traffic being diverted to Lincolnway East, according to county dispatchers. They also said all east/west-running roads between Plymouth and College avenues are closed. That includes Jackson Street, Waverly Avenue, Franklin Street, Burdick Street and Lafayette Street. Wilson Avenue and Canal Street are also closed from Plymouth Avenue.
The repair work is expected to take four to five hours, according to dispatchers.