KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Missouri Fire Department, Missouri Gas and Energy and Kansas City Power and Light are all working to repair a 16-inch gas main break that occurred early Friday morning and forced people from their homes and businesses.
The break happened near Truman and Wasbash and caused the area from Brooklyn to Olive along Truman Road to close around 5:30 a.m. Four people who live in apartments above the businesses where the leak occurred were evacuated at the same time.
According to James Garrett with KCFD, the area was shut down because natural gas levels were dangerously high.
Missouri Gas and Energy had to reroute the gas pressure so crews could start making repairs.
Crews were not sure what caused the break but said the road near the break was buckled.
Repairs are expected to take several hours. People who work in the area were initially encouraged to reach out to their employers because fire crews on the scene say that no one will be allowed into the area while repairs were underway, but fire crews said that around 7 a.m. they were allowing people back into their homes and businesses. Truman road was also open for traffic.