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Panola County lifts evacuation following gas line explosion

Published: May. 11, 2022 at 12:55 PM CDT|Updated: May. 11, 2022 at 2:33 PM CDT
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PANOLA COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - UPDATE: The evacuation notice has been lifted and all roads are now open following precautions taken for a gas leak according to the Panola County Sheriff’s Office.

A gas pipeline explosion in Panola County led to the evacuation of residents in the area of FM 1794 in the Rock Hill area.

Panola County Sheriff Sarah Fields confirmed the explosion and said “everything seems to be looking good. It’s under control.”

Fields said they are going door-to-door in the area and evacuating people.

A Carthage church has opened its doors to those evacuated due to an area gas leak.

Pastor David Kennedy of the Rehobeth Methodist Church said they are taking people in at their family life center. The church is located at 126 CR 207, Carthage, 75633.

TxDOT announced southbound U.S. 59 traffic is being detoured west on FM 2625 to State Highway 43 into Carthage. Northbound 59 traffic is being detoured at FM 124.

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