FRANKLIN COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - A broken gas line made it necessary for residents in one area of Mount Vernon to evacuate their homes. As of around 8 p.m., Josh Daily, Emergency Management Coordinator for the county, said that residents are allowed to go home now. He said Holbrook is still closed between Grady and Andrews where the gas company is still working on repairing the gas line. He said part of the roadway may be dug up to get to the line.
Fire Chief Kenneth Cupp confirms that the gas has been shut off by CenterPoint.
According to Mount Vernon VFD Fire Chief Kenneth Cupp, a worker on a riding mower was driving it through a ditch on Holbrook Street and apparently hit a 2-inch gas line in the bank of the ditch, breaking the line.
Cupp said the scent of natural gas was so strong that residents of the street a distance of about 3/4 of a mile around the break were evacuated. Some have gone to First Baptist Church, some to a Hispanic Church, and some went to the homes of relatives.
CenterPoint will be at the scene soon to shut off the line and repair the break, Cupp said. Stay with KLTV and KLTV.com for updates.