Gas leak fixed; residents back home

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Natural gas service in a Grosse Pointe Woods neighborhood was restored Tuesday evening after a leak prompted evacuations and a school lockdown earlier in the day.

Vanessa Waters, a DTE spokeswoman, said work to repair the leak was completed and service was restored as of 7 p.m.

Initially, company officials said gas service would be restored by 2:30 p.m.That estimate changed to 4 p.m. and then 7 p.m.

Earlier in the day, the Grosse Pointe Woods Department of Public Safety issued an alert urging residents to avoid Morningside Drive between Vernier and Hidden Lane because of a gas leak just before noon Tuesday.

John Fossen, another DTE spokesman, said a contractor doing work for DTE Energy hit the line and caused the leak. Details on what happened are not immediately known. The company was notified that the line was hit at 11:48 a.m. and the gas was shut off at 12:08 p.m., he said.

Evacuees were sent to the auditorium at Grosse Pointe North High School, which was on a temporary lockdown.

About 12:30 p.m., city officials said the gas leak was capped and residents could return home. The lockdown was lifted.

Tuesday’s leak was the third gas leak this month in Grosse Pointe Woods. Two involved DTE contractors; the other involved a non-DTE contractor.

Staff Writer Candice Williams contributed