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Gas Line Struck at Devine and Christina Streets

By City Staff

City staff were on site for the Talfourd Street and side streets sewer separation project with Van Bree Drainage and Bulldozing Ltd. yesterday when an excavator struck a 2 inch gas line at Devine and Christina Streets.

The excavation crew had located the existing gas line by hand to perform work. It was inadvertently struck by a mechanical excavator while removing the granular portion of the road.

At 14:48 on April 3, 2017 emergency services were called by City staff.

A 200 meter "Shelter in Place" was in effect for under a two hour period until the gas line was safely shut off. Sarnia Fire Rescue Services went door-to-door to advise affected residents of the shelter in place.

Union Gas attended the scene around 15:30 and closed the valves to shut off the gas leak. Union Gas proceeded with repairs and resolved the scene by 17:00.

Van Bree Drainage and Bulldozing Ltd and Sarnia Fire Rescue Services assisted with pedestrian control.

Sarnia Police Services assisted with traffic control and blocked off/re-directed southbound at Christina St. and Talfourd St., northbound redirected at Christina St. and Confederation St., westbound re-directed at Queen St. and Devine St.

Union Gas will reinstall the gas line prior to completion of the Talfourd Street and side streets sewer separation project.

Van Bree Drainage and Bulldozing Ltd. is contracted by the City of Sarnia for the Talfourd Street and side streets sewer separation project. The project includes the installation of new watermain and services, dedicated sanitary sewer and storm sewer, associated service laterals, reconstruction of the roadway, boulevards and sidewalks.  The timeline of the project was not affected. 

This article was posted Tuesday, April 4, 2017 10:45 AM

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