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UPDATE: WPS says No Natural Gas Leak Found in Lincoln County


UPDATE: Wed 4:45 PM, Mar 5, 2014

Wisconsin Public Service says it was never able to find a source for a possible gas leak in Lincoln County Tuesday night.

WPS says not being able to pinpoint a source of a natural gas leak is rare.

Crews say it was reported in the area of Highway K and Pope Road just northeast of the city after 6 p.m.

Several other intersections were blocked off to traffic as crews searched for a source of the smell.

No evacuation was ordered, but residents were told to stay inside.

Wisconsin Public Service says if you smell natural gas, Report it immediately by calling WPS at 1-800-450-7280.

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UPDATE: Tues 10:36 PM, Mar 4, 2014

The Merrill Fire Department is now being called off of the scene. Wisconsin Public Service is still on the scene investigating; however, there is no sign of natural gas. WPS says if you smell natural gas, please call them to report it immediately. The number is 800-450-7280.

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UPDATE: Tues 9:50 PM, Mar 4, 2014

Traffic is again being allowed through the area, but locals are still being asked to shelter in place.

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UPDATE: Tues 9:38 PM, Mar 4, 2014

Crews tell NewsChannel 7 the smell has dissipated, but their equipment is still picking something in the air up and they've never pinpointed a source.

So they remain at the scene and the investigation continues.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Tues 8:05 PM, Mar 4, 2014

Emergency crews are on the scene of a suspected gas leak in Merrill.

Firefighters tell NewsChannel 7 they got reports of a natural gas smell in the area of County Highway K and Pope Rd. at about 6:15pm Tuesday (3/4/14).

Firefighters and 6 Wisconsin Public Service natural gas specialists are on the scene looking for a cause.

So far, no evacuation has been ordered. But people who live in about a dozen homes the area are being asked to shelter in place, or stay inside. Customers at a bar in the area, The Dug Out were told to go home.

Crews have blocked off a couple intersections with Highway K. They include Pope, Hillside and Duginski. That's to allow WPS workers to search for a cause.

Municipalities across Central and NorthCentral Wisconsin have been dealing with frozen city water pipes as the winter drags on.

Firefighters say gas pipes aren't in the same kind of danger from the cold weather, because gas and not liquid that can freeze is inside.
However, the cold temps can take a toll on equipment that maintains a flow of the gas.

It's unknown if the weather had anything to do with this incident.

Stay tuned to NewsChannel 7 and www.wsaw.com for more information as it becomes available.


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