Evacuations lifted after gas leak in downtown Austin


Dozens of people were evacuated from the buildings they were in Wednesday morning when a contractor struck a gas line in downtown Austin. 

The 2-inch gas line near the intersection of 11th Street and Guadalupe Street was ruptured by a crew working in the area. The Texas Gas Service is also on scene.

People inside 408 W. 11th St., which is listed as a restaurant, were evacuated for a short period of time. The Travis County Sheriff’s Office confirms it also evacuated the Gault building, which holds several Travis County offices including the sheriff, court administration, pretrial services, district attorney and others.

AFD reports more than 250 people had to evacuate.

The gas line was clamped around 11:14 a.m. and crews checked levels before letting people return to nearby buildings. No one was hurt.

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