Flooding Causes Gas Leak Leaving 95 Le Mars Residents Without Service


(Le Mars) — The rushing flood waters from the Floyd River has severed a natural gas line, which has affected at least 95 Le Mars residents and businesses. The gas line was located beneath the river near the Highway 3 bridge next to the Le Mars Little League. The ruptured gas line was noticed by nearby residents at about 10:00 this morning when they could detect an odor from the leaking gas. Mid-American Energy crews are still working to
resolve the problem. Geoff Greenwood serves as the spokesperson for Mid-American Energy.

Greenwood says crews are trying to notify the affected customers of the situation. He says Mid-American Energy officials hope to be able to restore gas service to the trailer court by this evening.

Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper says officials are examining their available options. One of those options would be to ask the Iowa Department of Transportation if they would allow a temporary gas line to be installed under the Highway 3 bridge.

Schipper says both options may be difficult to achieve since so much of western Iowa has encountered major problems due to the flooding.

Greenwood says the utility company has been busy because of the disruptions of service the flood has created to customers throughout western and central Iowa.

Long-term, Greenwood expects additional concerns along both the Missouri and the Mississippi Rivers.

Highway 3 may close again as utility and city crews work on restoring gas service.