UPDATE: South Lakeport gas leak contained

Intersection closed, homes evacuated after gas leak

UPDATE: 5:00 pm

The natural gas leak in the area of South lakeport Street and Linclon Way has been contained.

Residents that were displaced due to the incident are asked to report to the Incident Command Post, located at South Lakeport Street and Nicollet Way.

Information will be given to those displaced regarding returning to their homes.

Traffic on South Lakeport Street will be affected until repairs to the roadway can be made.

Crews anticipate that at least one lane of South Lakeport Street in each direction, north and south, will reopen by 7:00 PM.

If residents of the area have questions regarding gas or electric service, they may contact MidAmerican Energy Customer Service at 888-427-5632.

UPDATE: 4:00 pm

MidAmerican energy is estimating the leak being contained around 5:00 PM.

They also anticipate that only one home in the area will be without natural gas once the leak has been repaired and will require additional work to resupply that home.

Several homes in the area have had the electricity shut off as a precaution and should be restored soon after the leak has been repaired.

Eat High School and Nodland Elementary are not in the danger area, but parents and students are reminded to enter and exit from the north, off Sunnybrook Drive.

If you live in the area, and do not have a place to go during the closure, a representative of Sioux City Fire Rescue is present at the Southern Hills Mall Food Court.

Information will be available there as to when residents can return to their homes.

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Just after 12:00 pm today, Sioux City Fire Rescue responded to a gas leak at Lincoln Way and S. Lakeport Streets.

Police scanner traffic indicated that a contractor was drilling and hit a line under the intersection.

The intersection has been closed down and fire crews are evacuating nearby homes in the area.

Residents are reporting strong odor of gas in the area.

Anyone who is asked to leave the area, and does not have a place to go, can go to the Southern Hills Mall Food Court.

A representative of SCFR is on site there and will provide updates when available.

MidAmerican is on scene.

Please find an alternate route.

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