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Gas leak ordeal over after 32 hours

After 1-1/2 days, utility crews were able to find, and fix, a gas leak in Grand Chute.

We Energies spokesman Brian Manthey says the situation was very unique. He says they eventually discovered the problem, in a two-inch steel gas main. He says it was in the middle of the frontage road, near the corner of College Avenue and Kools Street.

Manthey says workers with 20 and 30 years on the job were there, and they've never experienced all of the circumstances that they had with this leak. He says the top four feet of the ground was frozen, and there were a number of other pipes and utilities that they had to be careful around.

Manthey says they had trouble pinpointing the underground problem, because the natural gas was moving through the gravel, under the frozen dirt.

Six nearby businesses were shut down throughout the ordeal.

(Pictured from left to right: Lt. Mike Velie, Grand Chute police; Brian Manthey, We Energies, Chief Tim Bantes, at podium, Grand Chute fire; Asst. Chief Richard Trilling, Grand Chute fire.)

posted : February, 4th by WHBY


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