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Gas line severed on Monday

Two businesses evacuated for short time for safety


Workers at McClain Bank’s Drive-Thru and Wadley’s Funeral Service were evacuated Monday morning after a water line installation crew severed a 4” gas line at the corner of Third and Washington.

Neither facility reopened Monday but both were back in full operation Tuesday.

After Purcell Firefighters arrived they called ONG who had to call out dig crews to locate the line.

Multiple crews were called out and multiple holes were dug in the street, alley and yard adjacent to the line to help locate.

Firefighters were called to the scene at 10:09 with the evacuations in place by around 10:30 a.m.

To serve their customers, McClain Bank kept its main lobby open on Main Street until 5 p.m.

While crews were working at the scene a severe thunderstorm with intense lightning, strong winds and 1.4” of rain blew in, hampering the process.

Firemen reported the water installation team works for Harcon LLC in Purcell.


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