Downtown gas leak stopped, evacuations lifted

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Fire crews stopped the gas leak that lead to a street closure and building evacuations downtown on Wednesday, according to Austin Fire officials.

The left two lanes at the 700 block of Colorado Street between 7th and 8th Street have been reopened. Texas Gas will remain on the scene to work on repairing the gas leak for the next few hours, according to authorities.

Evacuations are lifted for the buildings on UT’s campus, Brown Building and Colorado Building, which were cleared earlier on Wednesday while firefighters worked on ventilating the buildings. People have been allowed to reoccupy.

According to fire officials, the gas line that broke was of medium size and the leak was caused by construction workers who ruptured the line while looking for drainage lines outside 710 Colorado Street.

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