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Crews work on a gas leak along Danville Blvd., near Stone Valley Road, in Alamo, Calif., on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. A work crew ruptured the gas line in the morning, forcing the evacuation of business and residents in the area through the afternoon while the gas leak was capped. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)

ALAMO -- A PG&E gas leak was shut off and an evacuation order that lasted almost four hours was lifted for parts of Alamo Wednesday afternoon as crews continued to repair the damaged line.

Alerts to evacuate the area were sent out shortly before noon by multiple agencies after a work crew hit the gas line around 10:30 a.m., PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said. The leak was at 3195 Danville Blvd., near Stone Valley Road, she said.

An East Bay Municipal Utility District crew hit the line, Contra Costa Sheriff's Office spokesman Jimmy Lee said. Crews had not determined the size of the leak, Sarkissian said.

A telephone emergency notification went out to more than 900 phone lines in the affected area of Alamo, Lee said, and residents on Alamo Square Drive were ordered to leave their homes and move as far south on the street as possible.

They were told to take only essential items that could be carried with them and to turn off all heat sources in their residences. Pets were to be leashed or put into a carrier.

Businesses in the central business district also were evacuated, Danville police Lt. Jeff Moule said.

People also were told to stay off phones unless they needed to report a life-threatening emergency in that location, Lee said. Those physically unable to evacuate were told to call 911, he said.

No residents in Danville were ordered to evacuate. No injuries or hospitalizations were reported as a result of the leak.

Traffic in Alamo backed up on and near Danville Boulevard, Moule said, and residents were advised to avoid the area and use Interstate 680.

Caltrans said the I-680 offramps at Stone Valley Road were expected to remain closed until 6 p.m.

The evacuation order was lifted around 3:20 p.m. when the gas leak was capped. Repairs are expected to take six to eight hours. Residents have been allowed to return to their homes and businesses. However, Danville Boulevard between Stone Valley Road and Las Trampas Road was expected to remain closed for both north and southbound traffic while repairs were made. Danville Boulevard north of El Cerro Boulevard was limited to local traffic only.

Staff writer Katie Nelson contributed to this report. Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.


Map shows areas affected.
Map shows areas affected. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)