Gas line rupture simulated in Gadsden

Gadsden gas line drill

GADSDEN, AL (WBRC) - An unusual emergency exercise took place in Gadsden Thursday evening.

Alabama 811, the Fultondale-based group that oversees notifications of excavation procedures near underground utility lines, held a seminar for area public works and utility employees Thursday, on how to deal with underground gas lines.

They put on a demonstration at The Venue at Coosa Landing in Gadsen, to show what to do if a gas line ruptures.

Gadsden Police and Firefighters and members of a utility board from Boaz were on hand to demonstrate their roles in such an emergency.

In attendance were waterworks and public utility workers from Calhoun, Etowah, St. Clair and Cherokee Counties.

Members of Alabama 811 says these things are important not only for utility workers but even everyday people to know.

“Even if a spouse comes tonight, getting a basic, knowing what to do if a leak or a release of a product were to occur, knowing what to do before an excavation, as far as being safe and working safely around those lines,” said McKay Livers of Alabama 811.

Those in attendance for Thursday’s seminar also saw the correct way to plan an excavation, to notify of one and to mark the spot where it will occur.

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