WINNIIPEG — Manitoba Hydro personnel are working to repair natural gas service in Tyndall, northeast of Winnipeg, after a crash prompted an evacuation of ten homes in the area.
Hydro’s Twitter page indicated that gas service was shut off for 250 customers after a pickup truck crashed into a gas distribution station on Pierson Drive.
A transformer pole near the station, which Hydro said was destroyed in the crash, meant workers had to take extra caution.
“Any hint of ignition could have set the gas off,” Hydro said in a tweet.
Electricity was cut to the area as well, but said power was restored to around 50 customers just before 4 a.m.
The outage forced the closure of Gillis School.
As repairs continue, the school will stay closed all day Friday.
Earlier this morning, Hydro had reported gas was blowing into the atmosphere. It said later it was sending a compressed natural gas trailer unit to act as a temporary supply while repairs were underway.
People allowed to return, told to have someone stay home
A notice from the R.M. of Brokenhead to residents posted online said people who were forced to leave their homes overnight can now return home. It asked people to try and have someone at the home because Hydro workers will be going door-to-door to relight gas systems.
If no one is home, RCMP will escort the worker in, and leave a notice.
It said people may smell gas near Gillis School because the system is being pressurized in that area.