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More info on downtown Seneca Falls gas leak

At 5:44pm on May 29, 2009,The Seneca Falls Fire and Police Department was dispatched to 77 Fall Street at the request of NYSEG for a major natural gas leak in the building.A NYSEG gas crew on scene reported a leak in the building with high concentrations of natural gas in the building. After consultation with NYSEG the decision was made to evacuate all buildings on Fall St between Cayuga and State Street. in addition all boats docked in the Seneca/ Cayuga Canal were ordered to move down on the canal away from downtown.Firefighters stood by while NYSEG attempted to stop the flow of gas, which was complicated by a broken valve in the basement of 77 Fall St. The leak was stopped at about 8:30pm at which time firefighters and hazmat team members assisted NYSEG crews with air monitoring in neighboring buildings to ensure the area was safe.No injuries were reported and everyone was allowed to renter the evacuated buildings at about 8:50pmSeneca Falls Fire was assisted at the scene by the Red Jacket Fire Department, the Seneca County HazMat Team, North Seneca Ambulance, Seneca Falls Police, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Department, New York State Police, and the New York State DEC Police. Waterloo and Aurelius Fire Departments provided stand by coverage during the incident.

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