Another Boise gas leak, this time at Boise and Holcomb

March 14, 2014 

Boise firefighters monitored natural gas levels around a leak reported early Friday afternoon at Boise Avenue and Holcomb, and traffic at that intersection was restricted while repairs were underway.

A total of 209 residents were without service this afternoon. Crews worked to shut down a valve to stop the leak.

Intermountain Gas hoped to have service restored by 7 p.m., spokesman Byron Defenbach said.

Boise police initially reported that residents of three homes close to the intersection were asked to evacuate, but later clarified that two of the homes were vacant. The resident of the third was only asked to stay inside.

Intermountain Gas personnel had to visit customers to lock down their gas meters before bleeding the air from the underground gas lines. Afterward, workers had to go to each home to turn the gas back on, re-light appliances and make sure they are working properly.

"That will go on all evening. We will get to every residence," Defenbach said.

Intermountain Gas will leave an informational hanger on the doors of residents that can't be contacted Friday night and will return to those homes on Saturday.

The cause of the leak was not immediately known.

The impact of Friday's leak was minor compared to a gas leak on Cole Road Thursday that closed the busy arterial through late afternoon and evening after construction work ruptured a natural gas line.

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