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A dry weather pattern will continue for the next few days with below normal temperatures. In fact, scattered frost can be expected Sunday morning over the Lakes Area. A warming trend will begin early next week with a good coverage of showers and thunderstorms by the middle and later part of next week.
Update on natural gas leak in Orange County
ORANGE COUNTY - From Orange County Sheriff's Office
Throughout the night and morning, workers and equipment have arrived to the scene of the gas leak. Equipment is being set in place and work has begun to cap off the leak. Officials are unsure of an exact time frame of when to expect the leak to be repaired, but it could take several more days. Entergy was asked to shut off electricity in the area of Gulf Road. All precautions are being taken to protect the personnel working on the leak and those living around the area.
The only areas evacuated at this time are Gulf Road and Scales Lane. Residents who were evacuated from that area will continue to be displaced until an all clear is given and it is safe to return home. Plans are in place to make notifications to surrounding residents should a larger area need to be evacuated in an emergency. The Orange County Emergency Management has set up an incident command post on site. Local officials with the Orange County Sheriffs Office and Bridge City Fire Department, along with state officials from the Texas Railroad Commission and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality are also on site overseeing the operation.
On Wednesday, June 25, 2014, around 8:45 a.m., the Orange County Sheriffs Office received a call from an oil well company representative in reference to a natural gas leak at a well site at the end of Gulf Road off FM 408 in the Orangefield area of Orange County. The Bridge City Volunteer Fire Department, along with Sheriffs Deputies, responded to the area of Gulf Road and Scales Lane. Officials took measurements of the gas in the air with Low Explosive Limit (LEL) detectors and there was not a measurable amount of gas in the area where homes were located at that time.
As the leak continued for several hours, the gas was not dissipating rapidly due to the weather conditions. The oil well company could not control the leak and it was necessary for a special response team from Houston, Texas to be contacted. Once the team arrived, it was recommended that homes in the vicinity of the well site be evacuated and for residents to remain out of their homes throughout the night. Company officials believed the leak would not be under control until sometime on Thursday, June 26th. The Orange County Emergency Management, Bridge City Fire Department, and Orange County Sheriffs Office have personnel on scene while the response team repairs the leak. It does not appear at this time that there will be any further evacuations beyond Gulf Road and Scales Lane and FM 408 remains open. Officials will be closely monitoring the levels of gas in the air, the weather, and wind conditions, in order to take necessary action for the safety of those working on the leak and those residing in areas beyond the evacuated areas.
More updates will be made available when or if there are any changes to current conditions.
Clint Hodgkinson Chief Deputy