Wreck causes natural gas leak near Juneau, gas shut off for about 1,100 homes
JUNEAU, Wis. (WMTV) - Dodge County officials are evacuating residents Wednesday afternoon after a crash caused a natural gas leak near Juneau.
According to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred around 2:30 p.m. on State Highway 26 near the airport, which is about one mile north of Juneau.
The wreck caused damage to a natural gas pipe above the ground, creating a large gas leak.
First responders have ordered evacuations for those within a one-mile radius of the site and have notified all residents.
The natural gas to the City of Juneau has been shut off and electricity has also been shut off temporarily, the sheriff’s office reports.
Electricity has been restored, but the sheriff’s office noted natural gas is expected to be turned off for about 1,100 homes in and around the City of Juneau. Dodge Co. Emergency Management Director Amy Haase-Nehls said the affected areas covered the Town of Minnesota Junction and the Village of Burnett.
Electricity may need to be temporarily turned off again during the repairs.
According to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, Alliant Energy crews worked on re-lighting pilot lights in the Burnett and Minnesota Junction areas around 2:00 a.m. Thursday morning. As of 7:30 a.m., Haase-Nehls reported that heat had not been restored based on reports from other Dodge Co. buildings.
Officials have established a warming shelter at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 950 Washington Street in Horicon and it was open until at least 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. In an update, the sheriff’s office noted residents without heat could go to Horicon High School at 841 Grey Street throughout the night. People are encouraged to bring along sleeping bags, blankets and pillows.
Staff from the sheriff’s office and the Red Cross will be on site at the warming shelter.
Long-term road closures will continue in the area due to the gas leak.
The sheriff’s office anticipates that the repairs will last for at least eight hours, but could go longer.
Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management and Juneau Fire Department have established a Unified Command in response to the incident.
NBC15 is sending a crew to the scene and will update this story as details develop.
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