Leaking gas line prompts apartment evacuation, road closure at Locust St

Update: Officials from MidAmerican Energy said work continues on a repair to a ruptured gas line near Emeis Park Avenue and Locust Street, but a mandatory evacuation of neighboring apartment buildings has been lifted and the area is now safe.

There are still six customers without gas service in the immediate area, but officials are hopeful to have all the repairs completed by 5 p.m.

Earlier:

DAVENPORT — A leaking gas line on the west end of the city has prompted an evacuation at two apartment buildings.

MidAmerican crews were called to Emeis Park Avenue and Locust Street, after a contractor hit a gas line around 11 a.m. Thursday, June 15th, according to a spokesperson from the energy company.

It was a two-inch gas line outdoors that was struck, which has left eight customers without service and Emeis Park Avenue closed at Locust Street to through traffic.

As of 1 p.m., the apartments were still evacuated and crews were still working on a fix.