GAS LEAK ON GREENVILLE COLLEGE CAMPUS
You could smell the gas for blocks. During a dig, by outside contractors on the Greenville College campus, a main gas line was cut around 1:39PM Monday afternoon, according to College officials. The Greenville Police and Fire departments responded and cordoned off over two residential blocks and most of the campus. Elm Street was closed off from College to Beaumont, along with a section of Oak Street. Also, no cars were allowed to be started within the two-bock radius, due to the danger of igniting the gas. There have been no reported injuries or sicknesses from the gas, and the Greenville Fire department and police handled the scene. The Mulberry Grove fire department responded for mutual aid and actually went to the Greenville fire house to be on call for any fires while the Greenville Fire Department helped secure the scene of the gas leak.
The leak continued to spew out gas from 1:40 until approximatly 3:40PM. A special crew from Ameren was needed to cap the leak and the all clear signal for students, residents and faculity to return couldn't be given until the leak was capped and the gas dissipated.
According to those on the scene, the ground where the dig was happening had been marked as clear of lines. The fire department was on the scene until 3:58.
GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MAY PREVIEW
The Greenville City Council will meet Tuesday night at 7:30PM for their regular monthly meeting. Items on the agenda include recommendations from the Planning and Zoning Commissions and Tourism Committee, annexation hearings on two pieces of property and an ICC petition for the Industrial Park Overpass. Other topics to be discussed involve the Ameren/Shoal Creek Reservoir, downtown parking recommendations and ideas on the Idler Lane Park. Council members will meet in special session Tuesday night, prior to the regular meeting.
STRONG WINDS KNOCK DOWN TREES AND POWER LINES
With the wind picking up overnight Saturday and continuing on Sunday, Greenville Police received multiple calls of downed trees and power lines throughout town. City workers as well as Ameren and South Western electric crews were called in to remove debris and repair power lines. As of Sunday evening, all Ameren Customers in the Greenville area had their power restored, according to the Ameren website. However, there were still 39 customers around, but outside, the Highland city limits that were without power.
The weather system was part of the devastatiing storms, carrying tornadoes, that swept through Oklahoma and Missouri Saturday, injuring over 100 and killing more than 20 people.