Turner County Sheriff Andy Hester says approximately half a dozen homes in southwest part of the county have been evacuated, due to a gas leak.
A county motor grader ruptured a six inch gas line in the vicinity of Nesmith Road and Clements Chapel Road.
Hester says the gas company is now on scene, and has shut off the valve. They will fix the broken line, and residents are now told they can go back to their homes.
Emergency management officials now are saying it could take several days to repair the gas main.
Ashburn fire chief Brian Meadows is telling residents to be prepared to take care of themselves for at least 72 hours.
He says the entire city of Ashburn has no natural gas service until the main is repaired.
He doesn’t know of any businesses that have had to close. The school system is making brown bag lunches for students to eat.
They are also offering to help feed nursing home patients and others who are in need due to this crisis.
Residents in Ashburn and Sycamore are being told by officials that if they smell gas in their home, to cut off all appliances that are supplied by natural gas.
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