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Alamo evacuated after gas line ruptured

Original post made on Jul 24, 2013

Homes and businesses near the intersection of Danville Boulevard and Stone Valley Road in Alamo were evacuated late Wednesday morning after an East Bay Municipal Utility District construction crew ruptured a 1.5-inch gas line with a backhoe around 10:35 a.m. The evacuation order was lifted about 3:30 p.m. after PG&E made repairs.

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on Jul 24, 2013 at 1:17 pm

I was driving on 680 & right before Alamo, my car Bluetooth buzzed with an Emergency Alert. Very cool. I support any kind of tracking to keep the vast majority safe. I love the USA!

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Posted by Marrushi
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 24, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Thank you Danville Express for this article.

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Posted by Betsy
a resident of Danville
on Jul 24, 2013 at 3:02 pm

I got the emergency alert at noon this afternoon, however I thought it was a HUGE FAIL! The only information the alert provided was to "evacuate now" - no specifics on the emergency or where the evacuation was taking place. I tried tuning into the 12:00 news, but there was zero coverage of the so called "emergency evacuation". The lack of information sent many people into a panic worrying about children, pets and homes.

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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Danville
on Jul 24, 2013 at 3:19 pm

I would think an "EVACUATE NOW" would be all the explanation anyone would need! One wrong move and this would be game over for many! When there is this type of danger, there is no time to do anything other than get out! Awesome job Contra Costa County!

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Posted by Betsy
a resident of Danville
on Jul 24, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I think it was irresponsible and negligent for them to not provide any further info. I had friends in several different cities get the "evacuate now" text. And where exactly are we supposed to evacuate to? Which areas should we go to or avoid? What if I evacuated from Walnut Creek to Alamo?

I was located in Danville at the time of the evacuation. My girlfriend, invited me to her place in Walnut Creek. If I would have gone, I would have been going exactly towards the area I should have be avoiding! Clearly more detailed information should have been provided.

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Posted by M.B.
a resident of Diablo
on Jul 24, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Let me guess…Concerned must the be idiot that sent out the "EVACUATE NOW" alert. Bravo!

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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Danville
on Jul 24, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Thanks M.B. for your Bravo! Next time maybe CCC can have you make the decision who gets what and when, it sounds as if you are very much in the know on disasters! Would it have been different for you if there had been a major problem? Many times a general alarm is sounded by both text and or phone...unfortunately certain areas are not always sectioned off for alerts and all surrounding areas get included! Have a great day M.B. it sounds as if you need one... Thanks from the "Idiot"!

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on Jul 24, 2013 at 6:49 pm

I agree with both arguments. The lack of information was alarming. However, I knew that I was heading into the danger zone because I noticed helicopters hovering in the distance. By the time I received the alarm, exits & entrances were blocked off & traffic quickly backed up. I had to call my husband to find out what was going on.

A few extra lines on the Emergency Alert would have saved me some time & stress.

I’m sure next time will be better. I just appreciate the alert!

BTW: how did my phone get this alert? Was it by GPS entering the area?

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Posted by spcwt
a resident of Danville
on Jul 25, 2013 at 8:15 am

I’m reminded of the five guys who died in Walnut Creek back in 2004 when they were digging not far from there and ruptured a fuel line.

Fortunately this time no one was killed or seriously injured.

EBMUD has safety procedures to prevent this sort of thing. What happened? Why was the public put at risk yet again?

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Posted by PSMacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Jul 25, 2013 at 10:54 am

To Concerned,


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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Danville
on Jul 25, 2013 at 1:14 pm

PSMacintosh....Thank you for being so kind! Have a great day, you deserve it!

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