Evacuations were lifted in Downey early Friday morning in a neighborhood near the site of a natural gas leak, but repairs were continuing to restore service, authorities said.
The leak was reported about 10:35 a.m. Thursday when Southern California Gas Company crews were alerted to a natural gas line that was apparently damaged by a third-party contractor in the area of 7800 Stewart and Gray Road near Rives Avenue, according to a SoCalGas statement.
People were evacuated from about a 300-foot radius around the area where the leak was reported, and utility crews were sent to handle the problem, the Downey Fire Department reported.
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Stewart and Gray Road was closed from Paramount Boulevard to Rives Avenue due to the leak, SoCalGas said.
Utility crews stopped the flow of the natural gas about 3:05 a.m. Friday, and the evacuations were lifted about 3:40 a.m., SoCalGas reported.
Crews were continuing their efforts to repair the line, and the road closures remained in effect after 7:30 a.m.
"Residents and businesses in the area may smell a natural gas odor while crews continue to make repairs," SoCalGas said in a statement.
"SoCalGas reminds residents and business owners to call 811 before you dig in the garden or at a construction site. Calling 811 will avoid possible injury or damage to hidden utility lines."
About 12:30 p.m. Thursday, a countywide notification regarding the gas leak was sent out. However, the city of Downey tweeted about 3 p.m. Thursday to explain the advisory was released using a new emergency notification system and was only intended for residents in the area.