Fayette County

Roads, businesses reopen after widespread gas leak in Southland area

A widespread gas leak in Lexington caused road closings and evacuations of houses and businesses for nearly three hours Tuesday in the busy Southland Drive area, Lexington Battalion Chief Jordan Saas said.

The leak occurred just after 9 a.m., according to the Lexington Traffic Management Center. At 11 a.m., the Lexington Fire Department said it shut down the main source of the leak and was working to vent the residual buildup that accumulated underground.

The fire department said at noon that gas levels had returned to a safe level and residents were allowed to return to their homes and businesses.

All roads near the intersection of Southland Drive and Rosemont Garden also reopened about noon. Affected streets included Rosemont Garden at Pin Oak Drive, Lane Allen Road at Clays Mill Road, Southland Drive at Southview Drive and Lafayette Parkway at Reed Lane, the traffic center said.

Lexington police spokesperson Brenna Angel said police had assisted the fire department with traffic control.

No injuries were reported, the fire department said. Columbia Gas will remain on the scene to repair the damaged line, according to the fire department.

Customers in the impacted area will be notified by phone, e-mail or a yellow info card on their front door when service is reconnected, according to Columbia Gas.

This story will be updated.