Airdrie, Alberta – The RCMP are advising the public to avoid downtown Airdrie due to a situation involving a damaged gas main. Currently Atco Gas, Airdrie Fire Department, and Airdrie Municipal Enforcement are on scene and the situation is under control.
Shortly after 6:00 p.m. this evening, RCMP were alerted that a gas main was damaged during construction on Main Street between Centre Avenue and 2 Avenue. Local businesses within a one block radius were cleared out. A strong odour of gas is prevalent in the area.
An area from Centre Avenue to Second Avenue and Bowers Street to the east and First Street to the west is cordoned off to pedestrian and vehicle traffic. The public will need to avoid this area.
Because it is a main, gas to homes may be shut down temporarily. It is anticipated that this may take several hours to repair.
Further enquiries can be directed to the Atco Gas Emergency Line at 1-800-511-3447.
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