BERRIEN CO., GA (WALB) - The City of Nashville says residential customers can resume normal natural gas use, after they asked all gas customers to conserve gas in the wake of a ruptured line.
Commercial business customers were still asked to conserve gas use Thursday night, according to Dawn Morrison with the City.
Resident Elizabeth Cherry said she was just thankful no one got hurt when the line was ruptured around 10 a.m.
"I was really worried about my dog because [my house] is so close, and he's kind of jittery anyway," said Cherry.
Cherry was coming home from the store with a car load of groceries around 10:30 when she tried to turn down Cat Creek Road and go home and was told the road was closed until crews could get the gas leak stopped.
"Saw the ambulance at the corner, then I noticed all the cars here. Of course, I stopped and asked what's wrong and they told me," she explained.
According to Southern Natural Gas, a road grader ruptured the line while grading the road. "[A] motor grader hit the pipeline, causing a leak in the pipeline. No fires, no injuries," said Carol Parramore, an Operations Supervisor with Southern Natural Gas.
But Cherry believes differently. "I heard it was the person that cleans out the ditch. I was just getting to the store when he hit the gas main. Of course, it's been there forever," Cherry stated.
Parramore said they will gather as much information about the rupture as possible in hopes of preventing a similar situation in the future. Work to repair the line was expected to continue through Thursday night.
Berrien County Sheriff Anthony Heath said 40-50 people were evacuated from their homes for a short time, and no one was hurt in the situation.