NORTH MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — The North Mankato Fire Department confirmed that the work to fix the gas leak on Lookout Drive was completed around 9 p.m. Thursday.
Residents who reside near the accident scene may have noticed a strong odor this evening. Fire Chief Rich Inman says that odor, which may have smelled like gasoline to some, was actually a chemical called mercaptan, which is used to aid in the detection of natural gas in the event of a gas leak.
The leak has been resealed and there is no threat to the public or homes in the area.
Lookout Drive is also open to traffic in both directions.
The smell of the marcaptan is expected dissipate shortly, if it already hasn’t, according to Fire Chief Rich Inman.
Emergency crews are on the scene of a natural gas leak on Lookout Drive, between Commerce Drive and Lee Boulevard.
All lanes of traffic on Lookout Drive are closed as a precautionary measure.
Drivers and pedestrians are asked to avoid the area.
CenterPoint Energy is currently working on fixing the leak.
The North Mankato Fire Department says it will not need to shut the gas line off in order to make the required repairs, so home visits from CenterPoint Energy will not be necessary.
Emergency crews and CenterPoint Energy are conducting tests to monitor gas levels in the air, which are all within a safe range at present.
Authorities say that if residents have concerns about the gas levels in the air in their area to call 911 and the fire department will conduct a test.
North Mankato’s Fire Department is monitoring homes near Lookout Drive and Lee Boulevard for signs of concern due to a leak in the natural gas line.
The ruptured line serves most of the Northridge area.
A contractor struck the existing line around 9:30 this morning while installing an additional line just north of Lee on Lookout.
Fire Chief Rich Inman said there is no concern at this point, but they have yet to determine how to go about repairing the leak.
The fire department is controlling traffic at the intersection and monitoring air, sewer and underground conditions.
One option is to shut off the line, but the chief says if that step is taken, once the gas is turned back on, every residence will need to be visited to ensure pilot lights are properly lit.
We’ll keep you updated here and on our website as this story develops.