UPDATE Juneau Area Gas Leak

(Juneau) Utility crews are still working to repair a gas leak caused by a vehicle accident from earlier today.  This afternoon around 230pm a traffic crash occurred on HWY 26 near the Dodge County Airport outside of Juneau.  The crash caused damage to an above ground natural gas pipe creating what was described to be a significant natural gas leak.  In response authorities evacuated a one-mile radius around the area to ensure the safety of residents.  In addition, natural gas service to the city of Juneau was shut down while repairs were underway.  In the latest press release from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, it is anticipated that the repairs could take upwards of eight hours to complete barring any unforeseen complications.  Currently gas service is still shut off to about 1,100 homes in the city of Juneau and the surrounding area.  To assist residents who are without heat because of the shut off, a warming shelter has been established at the Horicon High School at 841 Grey Street in Horicon.  The warming shelter will be open throughout the night with both Sheriff’s Office staff and members of the Red Cross on hand.  Those heading to the warming shelter are advised to bring along sleeping bags, blankets,  and pillows.  The Sheriff’s update adds that traffic detours around the area being worked on will remain in place throughout the night as crews continue to repair and restore gas service to the area.  Additionally it was advised earlier that electrical service for the area could also be affected intermittently if repair needs require it.