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Mission Valley Mess: Gas leak plugged, service restored to all customers

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SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) — The gas leak in Mission Valley has been plugged and the resulting traffic nightmare is over for San Diegans..

According to a statement by SDG&E, crews worked through the night to repair damage.

As of 7 p.m. Wednesday, crews controlled the gas leak and first responders lifted all evacuation and road closures.

On Friday morning, SDG&E said gas service was restored to all customers.

An update from the utility company said,

SDG&E crews worked through the night and completed gas service restoration for all residential customers impacted by yesterday's pipeline incident by 3 a.m. this morning. 

We truly appreciate everyone's patience and understanding as we worked to resolve the issue. 

Gas service to many stores, including the ones at Fashion Valley Mall was restored around noon on Thursday.

Unfortunately, employees at places like P.F. Chang’s said they lost business and had sluggish sales due to many thinking they were still closed. The restaurant was one of the first forced to shut down Wednesday.

Around 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday a Caltrans contracted construction worker accidentally drilled into a 20-inch diameter gas line prompting a major gas leak and evacuations.

On Thursday, Flatiron Construction released the following statement about the incident:

On Wednesday, a subcontractor working on behalf of Flatiron Construction on the State Route 163/Friars Road interchange project, struck a 20-inch high pressure gas line. Flatiron crews working on site immediately activated the appropriate emergency response protocol. Flatiron is conducting a full investigation and cooperating with Caltrans as it conducts its own investigation.

We want to thank the local emergency responders, the City of San Diego, San Diego Gas and Electric and Caltrans for their quick response. We are grateful that no one was injured as a result of this incident. We also want to thank the traveling public, residents and businesses affected for their patience throughout the incident.

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