Last night there was a crash to an energy unit on Whitestone way in waddon at about 8pm. This caused damage to a gas main causing a leak and as a result approximately 800 properties in the vicinity was evacuated by the police.
SGN who look affect the gas network in the south of England and Scotland has been able to stop the leak and are working to repair the damage to the gas mains . Currently, electricity is currently being restored to all of the affected properties on Whitestone way. SGN engineers are continuing to work on site to re-establish the gas supply to properties as quickly as possible.
The council led on the work on supporting the residents evacuated and rest centres were set up at the Salvation Army Citadel centre and Waddon Leisure Centre. We have received excellent support from the Salvation Army, Red Cross and GLL- the new leisure centre operator. The council is also working with voluntary sector partners, welfare services and the CCG to ensure vulnerable residents with specific health needs are cared for.
Residents that were placed in the Waddon leisure centre have been conveyed home as electricity have been restored to the buildings but the gas supply will be restored in the early hours of Tuesday, 20/3/2018.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all staff from the council who have worked tirelessly throughout the night to help our residents during this incident and all those who have volunteered to work today.