UPDATE: Houses evacuated due to gas leak in Laois town

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

Houses evacuated due to reported gas leak in Laois town

Houses evacuated due to reported gas leak in Portarlington

A number of families have been evacuated from their homes due to a reported gas leak.

A leak has been locally reported at Railway Mews, Portarlington.

It is understood that some houses have been evacuated and cars are not allowed to drive in or out of the estate.

Gas Networks Ireland confirmed to the Leinster Express that at 12:35pm on Monday, December 18 it was requested to attend an incident at 89 Railway Mews, Portarlington, Co. Laois in response to a report of third party damage to a gas pipeline.

Gas Networks Ireland technical staff were still on site at 5:30pm on Monday assessing the cause of the incident.

Social media is allowing people to communicate where they have smelled the gas.

Some people in the estate have said that they have not smelled gas and did not know that other homes were evacuated.

A woman with a three month old baby asked people on social media what she should do as she is in the estate but has not been contacted about the gas leak. 

Gas Networks Ireland advise the following during a gas leak:

At Home
Ensure gas appliances are turned off and have not been left on and unlit
Don’t smoke or use naked flame
Don’t unplug or switch anything electrical on or off
Open windows and doors
If the smell persists turn off the gas at the meter, see our guide here
Call our 24 hour Emergency Line 1850 20 50 50 no matter who your gas supplier is
If you can’t get through, dial 999 / 112
Don’t use a phone in the immediate area of the leak, use a neighbour’s or call from outside

On the Street
If you smell gas on the street, call 1850 20 50 50 immediately.  Don't assume that someone else will
In the interests of public safety all emergency calls are recorded

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