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Gas leak forces evacuation of school

By Clint Parker
Weaverville – If you missed the story in last week’s paper the puncture of a four-inch gas line on South Main Street in Weaverville forced the evacuation of homes and the Weaverville Elementary School as well as the closure of the street from just south of Hillside Road to the Reems Creek Road intersection for several hours on Monday (October 14).

Students walk down the said walk from the Weaverville Elementary School to the Weaverville Primary School because of the gas leak.
Students walk down the said walk from the Weaverville Elementary School to the Weaverville Primary School because of the gas leak.

An MSD crew ruptured the gas line around 9:30 am. When winds shifted, it became necessary to evacuate the school out of what Buncombe County Director of Communication Stacia Harris stated was “Out of an abundance of caution.”

“Crews are currently working to repair a gas line leak that is located across the street from Weaverville Elementary,” Harris told the Tribune. “This line is not located on the school’s campus.” She added, “Students are safe and supervised and will remain at the Primary School for the rest of the school day.”

Weaverville Police helped with the evacuation as students walked down the sidewalk to the primary school while the Weaverville Fire Department had the road blocked off.

Harris told the Tribune that about 360 students and 50 teachers and staff were evacuated. Units cleared the scene and the road was reopened a little after 1 pm.

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