Repairs to a damaged gas line in Valleyview may require a portion of Valleyview Drive to remain closed overnight Wednesday (Nov. 13) and into Thursday.
As of 5 p.m. on Wednesday, FortisBC crews were still working to repair a gas line that was damaged earlier in the day in the 1800-block of Valleyview Drive. Work to repair the line will require Valleyview Drive to remain closed between Vicars Road and Cardinal Drive for an extended period of time and possibly overnight. Only local traffic will be allowed into the area while FortisBC crews complete the repairs.
Motorists and pedestrians are asked to use an alternate route and obey signage and traffic control personnel at the scene until the repairs are completed.
The natural gas line was damaged on Wednesday morning at a home on Valleyview Drive and people from three homes were initially evacuated. Those residents were later allowed back into their homes.
The damaged gas line is the latest in a spate of such incidents this year.
Earlier this summer, a spate of four gas line breaks at construction sites prompted FortisBC to ask everyone to call BC 1 Call prior to doing any type of groundwork, be it digging a small hole in the yard or excavating a job site.
The first step is to go online to bc1c.ca or call 1-800-474-6886 to find out where buried gas lines and other utilities are located. For more information, go online to fortisbc.com/digsafe.