Oakland City residents back in homes after gas leak

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Some residents in Oakland City are back in their homes Monday morning after being evacuated following a gas leak on Sunday.

The leak happened around 11:30 Sunday morning at Columbia Street and First Avenue.

A service line was hit, which caused the leak.

Vectren was on scene shortly after, along with the Oakland City Fire Department and Columbia Township Fire & Rescue.

The Gibson County Sheriff’s office issued a recommended evacuation until the area was safe.

Oakland City Fire Chief James Deffendall said, “[The] only ones that was really evacuated were the University buildings on top of the hill. Other than that, people stayed in their house. We had one house we had to evacuate because it was right in front of their house. She was asked to leave, and she did.”

The leak was contained after about two hours.

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(This story was originally published on February 4, 2019)

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