Lindale ISD: Students return to Velma Penny following temporary evacuation

District says parents will not need to pick up students, classes to resume by lunch

VIDEO: Lindale ISD evacuates elementary school due to broken gas line

LINDALE, TEXAS (KLTV) - UPDATE: Lindale Independent School District has reported all students and staff have safely returned to Velma Penny elementary.

They reported school will continue as normal and pick up times will remain as scheduled.

PREVIOUS: Lindale Independent School District officials temporarily evacuated the Velma Penny elementary campus due to a nearby gas leak.

Officials say the broken gas line is located in the new subdivision south of Velma Penny.

The district posted a statement about the incident Thursday via social media, saying parents do not need to pick up their children.

As of 10 a.m., the district said all students and staff were moved to the Performing Arts Center.

EAST TEXAS NOW INTERVIEWS: Lindale ISD evacuates campus following gas leak at nearby location

“Students are safe and happy and we will update you as soon as we are told by first responders that it is okay for everyone to return to campus,” the statement read.

Classes are expected to resume by lunch time.

Lindale Police Department also posted a notice to travelers that FM 849 has been shut down at Ruby Trials due to the leak. Drivers are urged to use an alternate route. Officers and firefighters are on scene.

VELMA PENNY UPDATE: We are evacuating Velma Penny students to the LISD Performing Arts Center as a precaution. Parents...

Posted by Lindale Independent School District on Thursday, August 22, 2019

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