Homes evacuated, roads closed near Roseboro because of possible gas leak
Posted October 18, 2019 7:30 a.m. EDT
Updated October 18, 2019 8:00 a.m. EDT
Roseboro, N.C. — Homes have been evacuated and roads are closed near Roseboro because of a potential natural gas leak, authorities said.
Emergency officials in Sampson County got a 911 call about the possible leak around 5 a.m. Friday.
The leak was reported in the vicinity of Dowdy Road and Highway 24.
Authorities closed Highway 24 between Pleasant Union Road and Old Brick Mill Road so emergency officials can evaluate and monitor the situation. The Sampson County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina Department of Transportation are rerouting traffic.
About 25 homes within a half-mile radius of the area have been evacuated as a precaution, officials said. Charles E. Perry School was serving as a shelter for evacuees.
Piedmont Natural Gas is investigating the situation.
A hazmat team from Fayetteville, the Roseboro Fire Department, Sampson County Emergency Management, Sampson County Sheriff’s Office and State Emergency Management are responding to the scene.