Part of Stassney Ln. near Crockett High School is shut down in both directions after an Austin Water crew accidentally hit a gas line during overnight construction work.
It happened near the edge of the school property. AFD Battalion Chief Palmer Buck says crews hit a six inch steel line that supplies gas for thousands of people in the area.
Buck says members of the Hazmat Team set up a perimeter of about 50 feet around the break and crews are monitoring the gas coming from the ground. The pressure of the natural gas rising is so high that the leaves on a nearby tree are blowing back and forth.
Construction crews brought in heavy equipment just before 6:00 a.m. to work on stopping the leak. Crews attempted to clamp the line south of the break. AFD has not ordered any evacuations, and crews are trying to minimize the impact to businesses and people who live nearby. including CHS students.
The district says classes will start on time. AISD says students should be dropped off on the side and not at the front of the school.
Austin Police are assisting with traffic which will likely become more of a problem as the morning goes on. Stassney is shut down in both directions and Manchaca is reduced to one lane.
AFD and utility crews expect to have updates throughout the morning.