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UPDATED: Ruptured gas line prompts evacuation in Rutland
Police and Kelowna firefighters were on the scene at Highway 33 and Davie Road in Rutland Friday morning after road construction crews hit an underground gas line with an earth mover and forced an evacuation of the area.
Update: Highway 33 has reopened to traffic after FortisBC gas technicians stopped gas leaking from the ruptured underground gas line at the corner of Highway 33 and Davie Road.
A ruptured natural gas line forced the evacuation of the May Bennett Wellness Centre, a townhouse development and several homes in the area of Highway 33 and Davie Road in Rutland Friday morning.
The Kelowna Fire Department and the Kelowna RCMP are at the scene as were FortisBC personnel.
According to Capt. Tim Light of the fire department, a backhoe hit a two-inch gas line at the corner of Highway 33 and Davie mid-morning.
Light said as a precaution, the area around the leak was evacuated until gas technicians could turn off the gas. About 300 were evacuated.
Road work is currently being done on Highway 33 adjacent to where the gas line was ruptured.
As a result, traffic was being diverted at Highway 33 and Ziprick, just off Highway 97. Driver are being told to use Leathhead instead to access the uptown area of Rutland.
"What do they say, 'call before you dig,'" said Light.