Evacuation order lifted in Louisa; water not yet safe to drink, schools closed Friday

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LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A mandatory evacuation order has been lifted for the Town of Louisa after gas was detected on East Main Street on Thursday.

While the evacuation order has been lifted, the water is not yet safe to drink and the “Do Not Use” order for water remains in place on Friday.

The gas leak investigation forced Louisa County Schools to close on Friday, along with businesses in the area.

The first round of water testing has been completed and the results are clean, a Louisa spokesperson said Friday morning, but the Department of Health requires a clean second round of tests before the “Do Not Use” order can be lifted.

“Those samples are being collected and sent to the lab for testing. Results should be back by mid-morning,” the spokesperson added.

When the “Do Not Use” order is lifted, further flushing of homes and businesses will be required and instructions will be provided when that happens, the county said.

The Water Authority, Town Water Management, Emergency Services and HAZMAT staff are still investigating the source of the gas, which is believed to have possibly stemmed from the water system in the area.

The county has opened its Emergency Operations Center and a hotline is available at 540-967-3496. Tap or click here for more information.

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