Gas leak in downtown Belle Plaine requires evacuation 14 Jun 18

A severed natural gas line in an ally just off Belle Plaine’s Main Streets resulted in residents being evacuated from their apartments and required businesses to shut down early for the evening. People living in the area who were evacuated were allowed to spend the night at Chatfield Elementary School. Around 6 Wednesday night a crew working on a sewer line in the alley just east of South Meridian Street and south of East Main Street accidentally severed the gas line. Crews from CenterPoint Energy worked through the night repairing the line as soon as Belle Plaine Firemen checked the area for gas levels and deemed it safe.