Update: Gas Leak Closes 33rd & O Street Until Late Tonight

Update: Gas Leak Closes 33rd & O Street Until Late Tonight

UPDATE:   “O” Street, between 33rd and 35th streets is now closed while Black Hills Energy investigates a possible gas main break.  The investigation began around 12:30 p.m. today and the street is expected to remain closed until later tonight.

Travelers should seek an alternate route.  Drivers are reminded to exercise caution around street closures.  Lincoln Transportation and Utilities appreciates the public’s patience during this investigation.

 

Black Hills Energy is investigating reports of a natural gas leak in the area of N. 33rd and O Streets in Lincoln.  LFR was called to the area around 1:20 p.m. Thursday.

Traffic In both the east and west lanes from 33rd to 35th streets will be closed while a thorough investigation is being completed and any necessary repairs can be made. “Our highly trained technicians are working cooperatively with first responders to assess the situation,” stated Brandy Johnson, regional community affairs manager for Black Hills Energy . “The safety of our customers, employees and communities is our highest priority and we are committed to restoring traffic flow in the area as soon as safely possible.”

Please remember the following natural gas safety tips:

  • Natural gas originally has no odor; and it’s invisible. For safety, we add a harmless, stinky odorant called mercaptan. It smells like rotten eggs so you can easily detect a gas leak.
  • If you think you smell natural gas:
  • Get everyone out of the building immediately – leave the door open as you exit.
  • Once outside, call 911 or Black Hills Energy at 888-890-5554
  • As you leave, don’t turn on our off light switches, electrical appliances, use phones or open or close doors and windows. A spark of electricity could ignite a leak.
  • Wait well away from the building for emergency personnel.