A gas line was damaged at Sooke Lake Road and Shawnigan Lake Road on Oct. 31, 2018.

A gas line was damaged at Sooke Lake Road and Shawnigan Lake Road on Oct. 31, 2018.

Fortis BC had personnel at Sooke Lake Road and Shawnigan Lake Road for several hours after a gas line was damaged Wednesday morning.

Fortis spokesperson Nicole Bogdanovic says the distribution pressure main services about 100 customers in the area and the company expects any disruptions to be minimal.

Shawnigan Lake fire crews were at the scene but cleare quickly. Mainroad had also closed Shawnigan Lake Road northbound from the Malahat and Shawnigan Lake Road southbound from West Shawnigan Lake Road for public safety.

There was no detour route but just after 3:30 p.m., Shawnigan Lake Road was reopened.

Bogdanovic says FortisBC was called for third party damage to the line at around 10:45 a.m.

A Fortis BC repair crew arrived from Nanaimo to assess how to fix the damage.

Fortis says a compressed natural gas truck will be in the area to provide a natural gas backup system for customers while repairs are being done.

Bogdanovic also says the event is a reminder to practice safe excavation practices when doing any groundwork where gas lines may be present.

She urges people to call Fortis BC to perform a line location service and says 90 per cent of third-party gas line damage is preventable.

Bogdanovic says the gas is blowing clear which is the safest situation in these incidents.

Correction: A previous version of this article said the damage was in Langford. The article has been corrected to say Shawnigan Lake. 

CHEK