Glover Road in Langley re-opened to traffic Wednesday morning, after a gas line was struck Tuesday afternoon by an excavator on site, according to the Township of Langley Fire Department.
Area resident Greggy Curtis told the Langley Advance Times it appeared a Fortis gas line was struck by an excavator at the intersection.
“Lots of gas leaking and the entire street is blocked off,” Curtis reported.
He took a video from his balcony that shows fire crews on the scene.
Lauren Lea, communications specialist with FortisBC, said crews were called Tuesday afternoon to repair damage to a natural gas system that was caused by a third-party working in the area.
“The fire department was onsite and evacuated residents in the area and they were able to return home yesterday evening,” she said.
“There were about 25 outages as a result, and our crews completed repairs late last night. Now that repairs are complete, our crews will be going to each affected property this morning to relight all appliances,” she elaborated.
Garry VanDerveen, pastor at the nearby Christ Covenant Church reported seeing gas venting into the air.
UPDATE – 8:30am, Nov 10: Glover Road has reopened to traffic. Gas leak has been repaired. https://t.co/hH0ldO5zyl
— Township of Langley (@LangleyTownship) November 10, 2021
Township of Langley posted a traffic alert to advise that Glover Road was closed between Crush/216th and Maxwell “for an undetermined period of time due to a gas leak.”
Drivers were advised to take alternative routes to and from Fort Langley or Highway 1.
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