UPDATE: Gas leak isolated in Covington; evacuated residents allowed to return

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UPDATE 4:40 p.m.: Crews with Columbia Gas have reportedly isolated the natural gas leak.

Covington City officials say that residents who evacuated are being allowed to return to their homes.

The city says that crews will be working to complete final repairs to the area affected.


COVINGTON, Va. (WFXR) — Residents along several streets in the southern part of Covington are either evacuating or preparing for a potential evacuation due to a natural gas leak.

At approximately 10 a.m. on Monday, June 28, officials say members of the Covington Fire Department and Columbia Gas Company responded to the 2300 block. of S. Church Avenue for a complaint about a natural gas odor in the area.

Columbia Gas determined there is a natural gas leak from an unknown source and asked the Covington Fire Department to evacuate the residences on S. Church Avenue as a precaution.

In addition, officials say the residents of S. Grass Avenue and S. Lewis Avenue were notified of the situation and told to be prepared to leave if necessary.

The City of Covington Emergency Services and Public Works will help Columbia Gas search for the gas leak. In the meantime, S. Church Avenue has been closed off to the public.

If you have any questions on this gas leak, you are asked to contact the Covington Emergency Communications Center at (540) 965-6333.

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