Dearborn Neighborhood Evacuated Over Gas Leak

DEARBORN (WWJ) – Some residents in Dearborn went through a few tense moments Wednesday morning after their neighborhood was evacuated due to a gas leak.

The situation unfolded at Carlysle and Mayfair streets, near Outer Drive and Pelham Street.

Officials with MichCon, the gas arm of DTE Energy, said the gas main leak has since been capped and it is safe for residents to return to their homes. Workers will now be focusing their attention on repairing the gas main.

Residents say construction has been going on in the area for the past week. Officials however couldn’t say whether that had anything to do with the gas leak.

Joe Vasquez, who lives in the area, told WWJ’s Mike Campbell he’s frustrated with the whole situation. He said he called last night to report the problem, but the response wasn’t what he was expecting.

“We weren’t getting any kind of response from calling the 1-800-number, that there wasn’t a supervisor on duty that could address the issue, that they told us there was a crew that was notified, and that was the extent of the conversation that we had with DTE,” he said.

John Callahan, legal investigator with DTE, said crews got the call around 4 a.m. and were on the scene by 4:30 a.m.

A DTE spokesperson said anyone who smells gas or suspects a gas leak should contact them immediately at 800-947-5000.

Stay with WWJ Newsradio 950 and CBSDetroit.com for the latest.

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