Gas leak forces evacuation in Paducah

By Heartland News

PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - Update: Broadway is now open in downtown Paducah, and power has been restored after a gas leak, according to Pam Spencer with the city of Paducah.

People who were evacuated are now being allowed to return to their businesses or homes.
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Residents and businesses in an area of downtown Paducah have been evacuated after a gas leak.
Broadway in downtown Paducah is closed between 3rd and 5th streets until further notice as crews work to repair a gas leak, according to Pam Spencer, the public information officer for the City of Paducah.
She says a forklift working at Turner Publishing at 412 Broadway hit the gas line as it heads out of the concrete and to the meter.  The leak is near 5th and Broadway. The 911 call came in at 10:13 a.m. There have been no reports of injuries.
The gas is shut off now and Atmos and Paducah Power crews are on the scene.
The Paducah Fire Department is going to each building in the area, taking gas readings, and ventilating the buildings if necessary.  Less than 50 people have been evacuated.
Spencer says to look for intermittent power outages and interruptions in gas service along Broadway between 3rd and 7th Streets as crews work to repair the leak.
The traffic signals at Broadcay and 6th and Broadway and 7th are out, so drivers are urged to use caution in the area.