Homes evacuated as FOUR gas leaks disrupt March
- Credit: Carl Hayland
March is slowly recovering this afternoon from four gas leaks that caused residents to be evacuated and whole streets closed off.
Cambridgeshire fire service said a short while ago that three of the four leaks have now been made safe.
“Engineers continue to work on the remaining leak, which is on Hundred Road,” said a spokesperson.
“Some residents have been evacuated that live in that area, but people from other places are able to return home. Hope this is helpful.”
Fire crews contacted many residents and warned them to keep windows and doors closed.
Areas affected included not only Hundred Road - where evacuations were carried out – but Robingoodfellows and Norwood Road.
“Robingoodfellows Lane taped off; told to stay home,” said one resident.
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The leak began when a section of Hundred Road in March split open today (Wednesday), which had been caused by a gas leak.
Resident Carl Hayland said his fiancée was on her way out but smelt gas from inside their home.
He said: “You can hear it leaking from inside the house where the road is split.
“I called the gas engineer around 10am and they said they are coming out.”
Carl said he contacted Cambridgeshire police, who have since shut off the road.
Residents have also reported a smell of gas on nearby Robingoodfellows Lane and Estover Road due to the leak.
A spokesperson for gas network Cadent, which supplies gas to homes and businesses in the eastern region, said engineers are on their way to the area.
They said: “We are aware of a fractured main and have had over 80 calls so far.
“We have engineers in the area and should be there to look at what the damage is.”
Road closures in the Norwood Road, Wisbech Road and Robingoodfellows Lane areas of March have now been put in place.
A Cambridgeshire police spokesperson said they are in attendance alongside Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Anyone who has any concerns regarding a gas leak in or outside their property should contact the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999.