Gas Line Rupture Prompts Police ‘Shelter’ Order

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – It took utility crews slightly more than three hours Monday (July 8, 2019) to contain and secure a potentially scary high pressure gas line rupture that occurred during mid-morning hours at the Spring Valley Farms housing community now under construction at Bliem and North Pleasant View roads, township Police Chief Michael Foltz reported on the department’s CrimeWatch website.

For a time community residents in Spring Valley Farms’ currently opened section, as well as the adjacent development just south on Deer Ridge Drive, were warned to “shelter in place” with all doors and windows closed. Electrical power was unavailable to some home owners during the day’s growing summer heat.

Police barred traffic on Bliem between North Pleasant View and New Hanover roads, forcing commuters to temporary detours. Both the Sanatoga and Ringing Hill fire companies’ volunteers responded with equipment in case they were needed.

Few details are available on the incident, which Foltz reported at 9:42 a.m. He said the gas line “was struck and ruptured” at the intersection of Steeplechase Lane and Spring Valley Lane inside the Spring Valley Farms construction zone. Contractors are working with heavy equipment in the area that extends east from the community’s entrance to North Pleasant View, as land is prepared and roads and curbs installed to accommodate a second wave of new homes.

Ryan homes is marketing the development of more than 170 homes.

At the time, Foltz said gas company workers were on scene and would notify police “when everything is back to normal.” He promised to keep residents informed of any updates.

The chief distributed a second notice Monday afternoon, three hours and 10 minutes later at 12:52 p.m., to proclaim “the gas line ruptured during construction at Spring Valley Farms has been sealed off and rendered safe by utility companies.” All roadways were re-opened, he added, emergency services cleared the scene. The shelter-in-place order was lifted too.

PECO workers and others remained, however, to complete “final repairs.” Foltz acknowledged the disruptions to electrical and gas services, and said they would be restored “once the gas line repair is complete.” The exact time all utility service returned was not reported.

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