A Saanich neighbourhood was evacuated this morning after construction crews hit a natural gas line, causing a significant leak.
Crews were preparing to install service lines on West Burnside at about 9 am when they struck a large natural gas feed line.
Residents reported hearing very loud hissing.
Those close to the break were evacuated from their homes others nearby were told to stay inside.
Prevailing winds pushed fumes from the leak toward the federal government building on West Burnside.
Employees at the Pacific Forestry Centre were cleared to the parking lot while Fortis crews struggled to find the break.
Captain Darwin Schellenberg says, “its always a bit of a cat and mouse game trying to find the feeder line to pinch it off and control the gas. They are handing digging they can’t use machinery for obvious reasons they might tag the line again.”
Resident Sharon Hanevalt noticed crews trying to find the gas line behind her home yesterday, “they were looking with a scope thing to see if they could find the gas line and I said aren’t you suppose to phone before you dig and laughed and he says we’ve already done that.”
Crews were working to install portable lighting in connection to construction of the new McKenzie overpass.