FortisBC says repair work has begun on the damaged gas line in the 2500-block of Avebury Avenue, but there is not yet a timeline for when the work will be complete.
According to Lauren Lea, corporate communications advisor for FortisBC, the damage was to a service line from a third party.
Crews are now working to repair the lines, and there are about 45 outages. Once the repairs are complete, crews will go to reignite the appliances.
Lea says crews were called out around 11:30 a.m.
The fire department and VicPD were also on scene assisting and briefly had roads, including Bay Street, closed.
The Victoria Fire Dept is responding to a gas leak in the 2500 block of Avebury Ave which has been contained. Some residents remain evacuated. Power and gas have been shut off. Expect #yyjtraffic delays and avoid the area. Follow @vicpdcanada and @bchydro for updates. pic.twitter.com/RIwcMdj5UD
— City of Victoria (@CityOfVictoria) January 23, 2023
VicPD says a workperson at a residence accidentally damaged a gas line and called 911 right away.
There were no injuries, according to VicPD.
CHEK News has reached out to VicPD and FortisBC for more information and the story will be updated when more information is made available.
BC Transit says bus routes 22 and 10 are on a detour while the gas leak is resulting in closed roads.
#YYJ #RiderAlert – Due to a gas leak on Bay between Forbes and Fernwood, the #22 and #10 buses are on detour until further notice. For details, please visit https://t.co/S9EahIqMt0
Thanks for your patience!
— BC Transit – Victoria (@victoriatransit) January 23, 2023
This is a developing story. More details will be added as they become available.
Editor’s note: Victoria Police previously said the roads have been reopened, but since updated that the roads are still closed. The story has been updated to reflect this.