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Gas leak forces road closures for several hours in downtown SLO

Gas leak on Monterey Street in San Luis Obispo

Raw video from the scene of a gas leak on Monterey Street near Grand Avenue in San Luis Obispo on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017.
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Raw video from the scene of a gas leak on Monterey Street near Grand Avenue in San Luis Obispo on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017.

Update, 5:50 p.m.

A SoCalGas spokesperson confirmed about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday that all streets downtown have reopened.

Update, 4:05 p.m.

A gas leak that closed Monterey Street near Grand Avenue in San Luis Obispo for about three hours Wednesday has been repaired, said San Luis Obispo Fire Department Capt. Mike King.

“It turned out to be a very smooth event,” King said.

The San Luis Obispo Fire Department notified all hotels and businesses in the area, King said, but a full evacuation was not deemed necessary.

King said the gas leak was repaired about 2:45 p.m., and no injuries were reported.

Original story

Monterey Street is closed near Grand Avenue in San Luis Obispo as workers evaluate a gas leak in the area.

About 11:20 a.m., responders got a call about a leak on Monterey Street, officials said. A construction crew working on a new motel hit a gas line that wasn’t labeled, said San Luis Obispo Fire Department Capt. Mike King. The gas company is on scene to evaluate the leak and repair the line, King said.

Monterey Street is closed from about Grand Avenue to the Chevron gas station near Buena Vista Avenue.

The area will be shut down until mid- to late afternoon, King said. That time is an estimate, depending on when the line gets fixed.

In the meantime, northbound traffic on Monterey Street will be diverted to Grand Avenue.

King advises everyone to avoid the area if possible.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF

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