Hospital operations return to normal after gas leak - WNEM TV 5

Hospital operations return to normal after gas leak

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A local neighborhood is finally back to normal after a natural gas line break.

The leak not only forced the evacuation of a local hospital, but it also left many homes without gas or even a functioning stove for much of the day.

A sign installation led to the natural gas line break on the Covenant Healthcare grounds.

After hours of work Consumers Energy gave the all clear Tuesday night.

Consumers Energy crews hauled out the heavy equipment then they worked to repair the busted gas line.

Meanwhile, more than 300 natural gas customers were without service as the repairs were made. 

"Thank God it ain't in the winter, or we'd be icicles. We'd be frozen out here," said Christopher Wadley, a Saginaw resident.

The break happened just before 9 a.m. on Tuesday near the Covenant Healthcare grounds.

Two Covenant buildings were evacuated and emergencies were diverted to another hospital temporarily.

"One of the lines, as we can see right now, was not marked, and they were in the process of installing a sign and hit the gas line," said Jeff Berger, with Covenant.

Some residents said their dinner plans were dashed.

"You know, I shouldn't have to spend no money on pizza, I ate pizza a couple days before," Wadley said.

That was about the extent of the issues.

A Consumers Energy spokesperson said the 4-inch gas line was repaired about 7:30 Tuesday night.

Once the gas started to flow again Consumers crews visited the homes affected and restored their service, which included relighting their pilot lights.

"You just got to learn how to deal with the situation and I hope the people learned from this mistake and we can all move on with our lives," said Matt Wechter, a Saginaw resident.

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