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Some Orange County residents evacuated due to gas leak

A spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff's Office Thursday morning told 12News that the area around Gulf Road and Scales Lane remain evacuated following a gas leak that started Wednesday.

Crews worked throughout the night setting up equipment to cap off the leak.

A news release from the sheriff's office says officials are unsure of an exact time frame of when to expect the leak to be repaired, but it could take several more days.  

Entergy was asked to shut off electricity in the area of Gulf Road.  

Residents who were evacuated from that area will continue to be displaced until an all clear is given and it is safe to return home.  Plans are in place to make notifications to surrounding residents should a larger area need to be evacuated in an emergency.  

The Orange County Emergency Management has set up an incident command post on site.  Local officials with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Bridge City Fire Department, along with state officials from the Texas Railroad Commission and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality are also on site overseeing the operation.

Around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday the Sheriff’s Office received a call from an oil well company representative in reference to a natural gas leak at a well site at the end of Gulf Road off FM 408 in the Orangefield area of Orange County.  

The Bridge City Volunteer Fire Department, along with Sheriff’s Deputies, responded to the area of Gulf Road and Scales Lane.  Officials took measurements of the gas in the air with Low Explosive Limit (LEL) detectors and there was not a measurable amount of gas in the area where homes were located at that time.  

As the leak continued for several hours, the gas was not dissipating rapidly due to the weather conditions.  The oil well company could not control the leak and it was necessary for a special response team from Houston, Texas to be contacted.  Once the team arrived, it was recommended that homes in the vicinity of the well site be evacuated.

More updates will be made available when or if there are any changes to current conditions.
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