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County > Car hits a residence on Rim Road, rupturing a gas line

By Tris DeRoma

Residents were temporarily evacuated from their homes Thursday night after a car struck a house at 98 Rim Road and ruptured a gas line.
Workers with the county’s Department of Public Utilities were on the scene by 5 p.m. and eventually turned the gas off at 5:15 p.m. Officials, however, said there was a leak underground and they eventually fixed it by 6:30 p.m.
Los Alamos County Spokesperson Julie Habiger issued a statement, saying residents were allowed to go back into their homes, as the leak has been found and repaired.
“The homeowner at 98 Rim Road will likely not be able to occupy his home this evening until damage assessment can be done on the house,” she said.
The evacuation was conducted by Los Alamos fire and police officials.
Initially, the car damaged the gas valve and crews were having trouble turning the gas off.
“We got a call around 5 p.m. of a report of a car running into a gas meter,” DPU spokeswoman Allison Majure said. “We dispatched a crew and they were able to turn off the valve but there was a leak underground and they were trying to find that leak.”
Emergency officials and residents, meanwhile, were out on the street watching what was happening.


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