Gas leak forces res­i­dents in­side

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS -

Cobram res­i­dents were ad­vised to stay in­side their homes on Fri­day morn­ing af­ter a gas main was rup­tured.

Emer­gency ser­vices con­verged on the scene, which was not far from the town’s hospi­tal.

A back­hoe rup­tured a large gas main in Charles St, which caused a gas leak.

Po­lice were door knock­ing in the Broad­way St and Charles St area at 9.40am, ad­vis­ing res­i­dents to stay in­doors, close all win­dows and turn off any pos­si­ble ig­ni­tion sources.

Fire­fight­ers cre­ated fog lines due to the swirling winds which were push­ing the gas to­wards the hospi­tal. The fog lines helped dis­perse the gas.

The hospi­tal was even­tu­ally evac­u­ated as gas read­ings be­gan to rise.

Four CFA trucks from Cobram, Nu­murkah, Yar­roweyah and an op­er­a­tions car from District 22 were at the scene. The gas leak was deemed safe about 12.30pm.

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