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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

DOUGHERTY COUNTY, GA (WALB) – Emergency crews evacuated a family and shut down a south Dougherty County road this afternoon because of a natural gas leak.

Things were back to normal Wednesday night on Williamsburg Road.

A little after four o'clock, crews with Southern Natural Gas were working in the 1600 block when they knocked a quarter inch hole in a pipe with a back hoe.

Albany Firefighters were called in as a precaution while workers fixed the leak.

They were on the scene when we got here and basically had it under control. We just had to standby until they turned off different valves and different ends of the pipeline. They had to let the pressure bleed off so they could get down there to do the work," said AFD Bat. Chief J.K. Ambrose.

An X-ray machine was brought in to check the repair before the road was re-opened.

Albany fire officials say this is the first natural gas leak they've responded to in several years.

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