North Campus Gas Leak

November 10, 2011

North Campus Gas Leak

Update 11/10/11 at 5:51 p.m.
Classes will begin again on Friday, Nov. 11 at regular scheduled time

Message from South Georgia Medical Center

So. GA Medical Center issued this statement about 5:00PM

Ruptured Gas Pipe Causes Street Closing

Valdosta, GA -- At approximately 3:45pm today, a gas line was breached at South Georgia Medical Center. At 4:54 pm, it was reported that the gas line had been capped.

The gas line was ruptured when an excavator used in the parking deck construction hit it. No injuries have been reported. SGMC implemented its life safety practices, cleared the area and notified authorities.

Because of the breach, the City of Valdosta's Engineering Department rerouted traffic.

Gas service to SGMC was not affected by the breach because the hospital is served by two natural gas feeds.

"The City of Valdosta and the Atlanta Gas Light Company were quickly on the scene and worked cooperatively to plug the line," said Community Relations Director Laura Love.

Message posted Nov. 10 at 4:38 p.m.
From City of Valdosta's website

Detours in Effect on N. Patterson St. Due to Gas Leak
Posted Date: 11/10/2011

A gas leak near the new tower construction site of South Georgia Medical Center has required the city’s Engineering Department to detour traffic for the public’s safety. Until further notice, all northbound traffic on N. Patterson Street will be detoured to Woodrow Wilson Drive and all southbound traffic on N. Patterson Street will be detoured to Pendleton Drive.

Emergency repair crews estimate the repairs will take an hour minimum. The detours will remain in effect until the repairs can be accomplished.

More information contact the city’s Engineering Department at (229) 259-3530.

Message posted Nov. 10 at 4:25 p.m.

We have been notified by the City of Valdosta Engineering Department that there is a gas leak at South Georgia Medical Center (construction area). They are advising, as a precautionary measure that faculty, staff, and students in Thaxton, Pound, and Barrow Hall evacuate the area, using Ashley Street and avoiding Patterson and Oak Street.

More information will be updated on the VSU website as soon as possible