Cause of gas leak undetermined in Benton, IL

Cause of gas leak undetermined in Benton, IL
Officials have closed the intersection of Washington and Maple. (Source: Chris Drury, KFVS)
Officials have closed the intersection of Washington and Maple. (Source: Chris Drury, KFVS)

BENTON, IL (KFVS) - A gas line break in Benton, Illinois that caused a hazmat situation on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

As of 3 a.m. on August 16, the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency reported that repairs have been made.

Responding agencies and Ameren worked to bring the situation to a safe conclusion

No cause has been given for the leak. Officials said the gas leak is at the intersection of Washington and Maple.

A Franklin County Emergency Management Agency Duty Officer responded to the gas leak. Buildings around the incident were evacuated.

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Crews from the Benton Water Department worked to secure and shut down a break on a 10" water main. The water main is fixed, but a boil water order is in effect, according to EMA.

The City of Benton has issued a boil water order from Public Square west to Du Quoin Street from West Church Street to McFall Street.

Water has been restored west of N and S Main St from Webster to McFall in Benton.

A major gas leak was reported near the Benton Fire Department at Maple and Washington Streets. Benton Fire Department, Benton Street Department, Ameren and Franklin County Emergency Management Agency personnel are all on the scene.

Officials have closed the intersection. Drivers are asked to avoid the area.

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