East L.A. Residents Evacuated After Gas Leak

By City News Service

Nearly 100 people were evacuated after a construction crew ruptured a gas line in East Los Angeles Monday.

The rupture in the 300 block of South Gerhart Avenue near Montebello was reported at 2:45 p.m., according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Kim Manatt.

A third-party construction crew installing a water main ruptured a six-inch gas main while digging the area, according to Denise King of Southern California Gas Company.

Deputies evacuated residential areas on Gerhart Avenue between West Pomona and East Beverly boulevards, Manatt said.

The evacuees were taken to Garfield High School on Metro buses.

The gas was under control about 7 p.m., but repairs continued, Rochelle Silsbee of Southern California Gas Company told City News Service.

By 9 p.m., the sheriff’s department said all issues had been resolved and people could return to their homes.

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