Almost a year after a gas leak sparks the evacuating of an apartment building in Princeton, Indiana, city and state officials are still unable to plug the leak.
A gas leak prompted a speedy evacuation for Manor Apartments in late April of 2016.
Almost a year later, the apartment complex is still empty.
Princeton Fire Chief Mike Pflug tells Eyewitness News that when the weather dried up, they believed the water pressure would be relieved. That wasn’t the case for when the ground froze either.
“We’ve been able to drill some exploratory holes 30 to 40 feet deep to where we’ve hit bedrock. Gas levels coming out are very high and they’re potentially explosive. Unfortunately we’ve been monitoring those gas levels for close to a year and those levels have never dropped enough for us to be able to drill safely and collect more information.”
Officials say at this point, any sense of certainty is buried about 400 feet below the apartment building in an old coal mine last in operation in the 1940’s or 1950’s.
The one thing they know for sure is that the Elberfeld earthquake isn’t at fault.
“The earthquake came around a year ago when everything was breaking, and everybody had a guess as to what was going on. It really has no relationship to this incident,” says Pflug.
For now, that knock at 301 Tenth Street will remain unanswered.
“It’s his property to do with as he sees fit, but my recommendation and it still stands today, is that no one needs to occupy that building.”