Crews Repairing Gas Leak…East Court Partly Reopened

BEATRICE – East Court Street in Beatrice was partly reopened early Thursday afternoon, following a natural gas line break that happened at mid-morning.

Black Hills Energy Spokesperson Brandy Johnson says a gas line was struck near 16th and Court.

:04                  “natural gas main”

A crew from K2 Construction of Lincoln, which was doing Nebraska Department of Roads replacement of disability ramps along U.S. Highways in the city, hit the gas main.

The Beatrice Public Library was evacuated as a precaution, because of gas moving toward the facility off the northeast corner of 16th and Court.

:19                  “to the line”

Beatrice Fire Captain Corey Lieneman says officials took readings inside the Beatrice Public Library building, but did not register any significant level of natural gas.

Johnson says Black Hills anticipated having natural gas service fully restored before the end of the day.

:18                  “their appliances”

Persons can call Black Hills Energy at 1-888-890-5554.

Beatrice Police Chief Bruce Lang says one lane in each direction on Court Street was reopened by early Thursday afternoon, but the north side lanes of the street remained closed, while repairs were being made.  Lang says motorists should still be careful through the area, with construction cones set in place.

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