Gas Leak Forces Evac of Entire IL Village

Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 02:07 PM gHale

An entire village of Caledonia, IL, was forced to evacuate for a few hours Tuesday afternoon following a gas leak, officials said.

The incident ended up contained around 4 p.m. and was no longer considered a threat to the public and all roads were reopened, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. The gas leak occurred at 1:40 p.m.

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The gas leak occurred near a grainery and crews were exercising caution because if the grain ignites it could explode, officials said.

Eastbound and westbound lanes of Route 173 were closed at Caledonia Road and at Wyman School Road. All residences were checked, according to the sheriff’s office.

A temporary relief station was established at the District 3 Fire Station in Poplar Grove for those who were evacuated. The American Red Cross also assisted residents who were directly impacted.

About 200 people live in the village.



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