Main hill road closed this morning for gas leak

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By The Staff

A gas leak on a New Mexico Gas Company line serving Los Alamos caused traffic delays on the main hill road early this morning.

A call came in to the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU), reporting the gas leak across the highway from De Colores Restaurant.

“A driver smelled gas and called it in,” said Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Mike Thompson.

Utilities employees began monitoring gas levels and called the Los Alamos Police Department and the New Mexico Gas Company, according to a DPU news release this morning. Police secured the area and diverted traffic.

“We were informed of the leak at 6:50 this morning; crews were dispatched immediately, stated New Mexico Gas Company spokesperson Monica Hussey in the release. “The leak has been contained and the area is safe. We will be replacing the meter later today.”

Traffic resumed travel on NM 502 by 7:30 a.m., according the DPU release, which stated no disruption of service was reported.

New Mexico Gas Company is the new natural gas service provider for some 500,000 New Mexico customers.

The Department of Public Utilities operates the county-owned electric, gas, water & wastewater systems under the jurisdiction of the Board of Public Utilities. The Board meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. The meetings are open to the public.

The DPU is funded by rates paid for electric, gas, water and wastewater services and auxiliary fees, and has provided the community with these services for more than 40 years. Established under Article 5 of the 1968 Charter for the Incorporated County of Los Alamos, the DPU provides payments to Los Alamos County in lieu of the franchise fees and taxes that would normally be assessed against a privately-owned utility.

In 2008 the DPU added provision of centralized customer service for the county to its service offerings.

DPU’s administrative offices are at 901 Trinity Drive, 2nd Floor. Dial 311 or 505-662-8333 or email 311@lacnm.us to reach the 311Customer Care Center of Los Alamos County, which handles all utilities and county-wide information requests.