Gas Leak in OB Monday Night Forces Evacuations

by on August 23, 2016 · 4 comments

in Energy, Environment, Health, Ocean Beach

A gas leak discovered Monday night, caused about 200 OB residents to be evacuated from their homes.

According to the San Diego U-T:

Homes in the vicinity of Bacon and Cable streets and Santa Cruz and Del Monte avenues were expected to be evacuated throughout the night until at least 5 a.m. as crews worked to locate and repair the broken gas pipe, said San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Lee Swanson.

A temporary shelter was set up at the Ocean Beach Recreation Center, at 4726 Santa Monica Boulevard, police said. The Red Cross set up a food truck at the intersection of Del Monte Avenue and Bacon Street.

SDG&E crews were sent out to look for a possible gas leak after a resident on Bacon Street near Santa Cruz Avenue reported a strong gas smell in his garage about 6:50 p.m., Swanson said.

SDG&E crews shut off the electricity in the area and dug into the ground on Bacon Street near an alley between Santa Cruz and Del Monte avenues to locate the broken pipe.

A police helicopter crew used a loud speaker to broadcast the blocks that needed to evacuate and to ask residents to refrain from using stoves or barbecues.

According to Channel 10News:

The leak was reported around 6:50 p.m. Monday in the 1700 block of Bacon Street, where a resident reported a strong gas smell, said San Diego police Officer Dino Delimitros.

A San Diego Gas and Electric technician responded to the scene and a gas meter reading prompted the subsequent evacuations of surrounding homes, according to SDG&E Media Manager Whitney Eshelman. San Diego Fire-Rescue and city HAZMAT responded. …

At 10:55 p.m. Monday, the release of gas was controlled but the evacuations remained in place. Fire officials on scene told 10News that at around 6 a.m. Tuesday they would assess whether it was safe for people to return homes

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south OB girl August 23, 2016 at 8:11 am

A general question about how to improve the sound for police helicopter announcements — not the first time I have barely been able to understand the message. Neighbors as well were trying to make out the message. Maybe all the traffic near me made it harder to understand. Police, fire department, SDG&E, Red Cross — the response was fantastic!! Just wondering if others couldn’t hear the message too well (and no I’m not hard of hearing).


Frank Gormlie August 23, 2016 at 11:41 am

According to 10News:

Work continued Tuesday morning to determine the cause of a gas leak that prompted the evacuations of about 200 people in Ocean Beach.

Just before 9 a.m., San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesperson Lee Swanson estimated that approximately half of the residents were back in their homes.

The leak was reported around 6:50 p.m. Monday in the 1700 block of Bacon Street, where a resident reported a strong gas smell in his garage.


Frank Gormlie August 24, 2016 at 10:27 am

10News: All Ocean Beach residents affected by gas leak allowed to return home, as of 7pm Tuesday night.


Rob August 24, 2016 at 4:55 pm

We all now have both electricity (as of late yesterday afternoon) and gas(today).


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