A ruptured gas line in downtown Goodland prompted the evacuation of several residences and businesses Wednesday afternoon and evening. Officials ordered the evacuation because of the potential risk of explosion.
The leak was reported about 3:00PM (MST) and according to Sheriff Kevin Butts it appeared that a boring machine struck the line. A county evacuation center was established at the United Methodist Church for those displaced by the evacuation. Several residents utilized the shelter where several emergency personnel were on hand to answer questions and offer assistance. The American Red Cross and Sherman County Animal Shelter assisted.
Utility crews worked most of the afternoon and evening to repair the line and residents were allowed to return to their homes shortly before 8:00PM (MST).
Agencies at the scene included: Goodland Police Department, Sherman County Sheriff, Goodland City Fire Department, Sherman County Rural Fire Department, Goodland Regional Medical Center, Sherman County Communications, Northwest Kansas Emergency Medical Service, Goodland Public Works, American Red Cross, Sherman County Health Department, Sherman County Emergency Management and The National Weather Service.