Monday, December 17 2012, 11:18 AM CST
Families back home safely after gas leak prompts evacuation
BEAUMONT- By: Leslie Rangel
Families are back home tonight after a gas leak prompted first responders to notify nearly 250 families to evacuate.
Drainage district 6 crew working near Galveston and Wilson streets in North Beaumont ruptured the 4 in. line at about 8:30 am. Centerpoint Energy crews tested the air and found natural gas had seeped into the sewage system.
Workers crimped the line in 5 places' to stop the leak. No one was hurt but the fear was evident.
Contessa Morales says she could see fear in the eyes of her 3-year-old daughter, the littler girl showered her mom with questions.
"She's like why they tell us we can't go home and why are you taking all the stuff, she doesn't understand" Morales said.
Rosalba Jacinto is Morales' cousin. She didn't know about the evacuation until Morales called to wake her up. She had to take out some of her belongings and returned for her dog.
"Se puso como a llorar y como no me la habia traido yo creo, the dog started like crying... since I hadn't taken her with me yet I think, " Jacinto said.
Taking their children, their pets, and leaving home was tough for these families, but they understand why it was needed.
"I guess that's why they want us out of there and for our protection." Morales said.
"Si lo importante es que nosotros no estababmos aqui si algo llega a pasar, yes, the important thing is we were not here if something were to happen," Jacinto said.