Gas leak closes school for students in Tyndall, Man.

A gas leak in Tyndall has forced Gillis School to cancel classes on Friday as a precaution.

Manitoba Hydro says around 9:30 p.m. a truck crashed into a natural gas distribution centre near Tyndall, Manitoba on Thursday.

Hydro said the crash left gas “howling” into the air.

They say the affected distribution centre sits next to a nearby transformer, which is dangerous.

“When you have natural gas escaping like that, the last thing you want to do is have any, hint of ignition,” Bruce Owen of Manitoba Hydro said.

Hydro says they were asked by the town’s fire department to turn off power in the area immediately, leaving about 50 customers without power.

The superintendent of Sunrise School Division says while the leak has been contained, repair work will require a specialized vehicle on site.

 

According to Owen they deployed their compressed natural gas trailer unit (CNG), as a temporary backup to supply natural gas to the town as the repairs continue.

He shared that the CNG unit is hooked up to the town’s school in the meantime, in order to distribute natural gas to the town.

“It’s going to take a while to fix the damage that the pickup truck caused,” Owen said.

Residents evacuated

Neighbouring residents were asked to evacuate their homes as a precaution.

Residents were told to use the town’s curling club as a warming shelter, according to Tyndall Village Community Centre Facebook group.

Owen said they’re working on a plan to build a temporary bypass to the distribution centre, so residents can get natural gas to their furnaces.

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