Natural gas leak forces evacuation in Waveland

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Waveland Police Department evacuated residents near the American Legion because of a ‘major’ natural gas leak. The evacuation lasted about 3 hours while repairs were made.

The leak was reported just before noon on Wednesday and the all-clear to return to the area was given about 3:30 p.m.

Mayor Mike Smith called the evacuation “precautionary” and thanked Waveland residents for their patience while the leak was fixed.

The Police Department announced on its Facebook page that the evacuation area is from north of the railroad tracks on Waveland Avenue to the area of Spruce Street.

“If you live in this area, you are being asked to leave until the all-clear is given.

“Please avoid traveling in this area.”

Waveland Police said a temporary shelter was set up at the Ground Zero Museum for those evacuated in the area of the gas leak.

“If you need to go to the area to pick up a family member of a pet, please advise the officer in the area to allow you to go through,” the department said on its Facebook page.

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