DTE: Grosse Pointe Woods gas leak contained

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Gas leaking from a ruptured main in the Vernier Road and Morningside Drive area of Grosse Pointe Woods has been turned off and residents are being allowed to return to their homes, officials said.

John Fossen, a DTE spokesman, said repair crews were able to shut off the gas in the main about 12:15 p.m. and repairs are expected to take four to five hours to complete.

Earlier Tuesday, Grosse Pointe Woods police warned residents and motorists to avoid the area because of the natural gas leak.

John Kosanke, director of the city's Public Safety Department, said a DTE crew was performing some gas valve work on Vernier Road near Morningside when it struck a gas main and ruptured it. He said his department received a call about the leak about 9:25 a.m.

The city evacuated residents in the immediate area as a precaution, officials said.

They also said Grosse Pointe North High School was locked down. Students were not allowed to leave the building for lunch and class continued as usual, Grosse Pointe Public Schools officials said.

After the gas leak was contained, school officials said classes at the high school will continue through the rest of the day and dismiss at their usual time.

Officials also said all normal activities, including recess, at the elementary and middle schools are resuming. After-school activities will also proceed as scheduled.

Fossen confirmed one of the company’s construction crews doing work in the area struck a gas main Tuesday morning.

No injuries or other damage has been reported, Fossen said.

He also said there’s no estimate at this time for when repairs will be completed but the company will provide updates as new information becomes available.

It's the second gas leak in Grosse Pointe Woods in nearly two weeks. One of DTE Energy's contractors struck a gas main and caused a leak April 27 in the Mack Avenue and Allard Road area.