Update: Most evacuated West Monroe residents being allowed back home after gas line cut
Update: 4:25 p.m. - Authorities say that most residents who were evacuated are being allowed back home.
Residents who live on Apple Street are NOT being allowed back home at this time.
The West Monroe Fire Department says crews are still working to repair a cut gas line in a West Monroe neighborhood. (As of 2:45 p.m.) According to the fire department, a contractor cut a 6" gas line leading to the evacuation of dozens of homes south of Interstate 20 on Monday.
An alert was sent out by West Monroe PD around 10:10 a.m. Monday morning about the issue in the Montgomery Avenue / Reagan Street area, just off of Jonesboro Road/Highway 34 and south of Interstate 20.
The fire department says the issue has affected around 120 buildings or homes and led to the evacuation of an estimated 200-250 people from the area. The affected streets include Montgomery, Apple, Pear, Long, Wheelis, Hood, Heard, Miller, Rex, Reamus, and Eby
Since repairs are still being made, school buses will not drop off students in the area. The school board is making other arrangements for students.
Police say you should avoid the Montgomery Avenue / Reagan Street area until this situation is resolved.
We will update this article when the gas line is repaired.