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Gas line cut in north Raleigh neighborhood

Posted March 7, 2011

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— A contractor working in north Raleigh cut a gas line Monday afternoon, PSNC spokeswoman Angie Townsend said. The line was cut outside 8208 Mourning Dove Road, and four homes were without gas service.

Raleigh police were limiting vehicle traffic in the area of Mourning Dove Road and Apple Orchard Way while crews attempted to cap the leak.

Students at nearby West Millbrook Middle School were dismissed at the normal time. Those who usually walk home, however, were kept on campus, said Greg Thomas, a spokesman for the Wake County Public School System.

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  • Stringbean Mar 8, 2011

    " I wonder what type of contractor hit the line and didn't have it previously located? Crazy to take that chance with electricity and gas lines buried below the surface.

    Of course the area could have been located and the installer of the utility didn't bury it as deep as code requires. " Doesnt matter what the depth of the lines are....When a line is marked its up to the person doing the excavting to hand dig around all lines ... 3 feet around all lines.

  • Stringbean Mar 8, 2011

    "A contractor working in north Raleigh cut a gas line Monday afternoon, PSNC spokeswoman Angie Townsend said." One will assume that a gas company like PSNC would apply their up-to-date device/gadget to pinpoint where the exact location of all the nearby gas line(s) were and marked them clearly before any digging started. But I guess they don’t have that procedure in place.
    simplemind2
    March 7, 2011 Lol.. 99.9% of all hit lines ..Gas tel,water etc are from contractors that fail to call 811 so companys have a chance to locate them. CALL BEFORE YOU DIG ! Tel- 811

  • ThePhwner Mar 8, 2011

    This is worthy of the front page?

  • samsuffy1 Mar 7, 2011

    Maps are dandy if they are accurate. Some years ago, I came upon a crew digging for a water line. They could not find it even with a map. I told them that the street had been moved sideways about 20 feet a few years back. They dug where I told them and found the line right away.

  • kampercam Mar 7, 2011

    Sounds like a sufficient reason to raise gas prices ;)

  • badjudgement Mar 7, 2011

    I wonder what type of contractor hit the line and didn't have it previously located? Crazy to take that chance with electricity and gas lines buried below the surface.

    Of course the area could have been located and the installer of the utility didn't bury it as deep as code requires.

  • james27613 Mar 7, 2011

    State Law requires contractors to contact 811 to locate all lines.

    Utilities have 48 hours to mark the lines.

    http://www2.ncocc.org/ncocc/default.htm

  • hitem Mar 7, 2011

    Do contractors have any financial liability when utility lines are damaged? I assume they have to pay for the damage to the pipes but do they pay a fine of some kind to help with the cost of local law enforcement and utilities workers who help with clean up and repair?

  • dlk13ster Mar 7, 2011

    People will undoubtedly raise a stink about this.

    XD

    Ah...it's only funny because no one got hurt.

    Thank goodness for that, at least.

  • kidsrn Mar 7, 2011

    yes, thank goodness. I was really surprised at how strong the smell was. When the police came to my door they said it was a huge leak. I am hoping it will get repaired very soon.

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