Oak Bay, Saanich roads closed due to natural gas leaks: FortisBC

Oak Bay, Saanich roads closed due to natural gas leaks: FortisBC
Lansdowne Road between Uplands and Cadboro Bay roads in Oak Bay is seen in this Google Maps screenshot.

Traffic was impacted in two Greater Victoria municipalities due to gas leaks.

On Wednesday morning, the Oak Bay Fire Department said a section of Lansdowne Road was fully closed because of a natural gas leak.

Lansdowne Road, between Uplands and Cadboro Bay roads, was closed in both directions as FortisBC crews worked to shut off the gas, according to Oak Bay Fire in a tweet around 10:20 a.m.

“Please avoid the area, detours in effect,” read the tweet.

Around 11:15 a.m., FortisBC’s corporate communication advisor Lauren Lea told CHEK News the gas company’s crews were on scene repairing the damage.

Lea said the leak was accidentally caused by “an external party” and added that the road should open “in the next little while.”

Meanwhile, Veyaness Road in Saanich was also the scene of a gas leak Wednesday.

Lea said an external party also caused this leak and that FortisBC crews were on site working on the necessary repairs.

“We don’t yet have an estimated time on when repairs will be complete but can keep you updated as we learn more,” she said around 11:30 a.m.

“Veyaness Road is down to one lane around White Road.”

She said crews had to temporarily shut off gas to six customers in the area. Once repairs are complete, they’ll go to each affected home and relight all gas appliances.

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These gas leaks come a day after a leak at the former Ricky’s All Day Grill on Douglas Street in Victoria.

On Tuesday, construction crews there hit a gas line while working on rebuilding the restaurant, which was damaged by arson in June. Surrounding roads were temporarily closed as FortisBC crews worked to fix the leak.

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