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UPDATE: Most of Jimmie Dyess Parkway reopened after gas leak

Posted: November 9, 2012 - 9:55am  |  Updated: November 9, 2012 - 12:21pm
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Atlanta Gas Light crews work to repair a broken gas line on Jimmie Dyess Parkway.  Valerie Rowell
Valerie Rowell
Atlanta Gas Light crews work to repair a broken gas line on Jimmie Dyess Parkway.

Most of Jimmie Dyess Parkway has reopened to traffic after workers stopped a gas leak just south of Interstate 20.

Both southbound lanes and one northbound lane of traffic have reopened, said Columbia County Emergency and Operations Director Pam Tucker in an email.

Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue staff, along with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, kept the lanes closed while awaiting repair of a cut natural gas line that created "a large vapor cloud."

A contractor laying telephone line hit a high-pressure gas line just before 10 a.m. to cause the leak, Tucker said.

No buildings are being evacuated because of the leak, Tucker said, because the only building affected already is unoccupied.

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Viewed the chaos and traffic jam from Waffle House.

CCSO continued to allow traffic to advance toward the potential disaster and backup near the scene. Beyond the logical detour point at the frontage road red light???? Where CCSO could have provided the "funeral type" intersection coverage.They decided to turn traffic between there and what most thought was a fire.

No danger to the public. No need to panic. Just let that diesel log truck sit by the leak and puff away. Wonder if the windows of the Waffle House would have been blown away had there been an explosion? It was just a column of natural gas under pressure blowing out of the ground. You know where a spark can start a fire. They seemed to do a good job of stopping the traffic flow from Wrightsboro Rd. on the opposite side of the road to the gas. But allowed the flow toward the gas on the side of the leak to fill up the lanes.

Oh, that end was the RCSO area. The zone thingy. RCSO on one end and CCSO on the other. We will be passing out medals for meritorious valor next Tuesday.

I'm sure they were organized per their training.


AGL will not

increase the $15 a month administration fee that they wrote into the Natural Gas Deregulation Laws.


AGL may charge the $60 cut on and $60 cut off

fee. Stopping and restoring service.