Possible gas leak at Cumberland and Harrison

Austin Walker
Staff Writer

An alert was sent out to all VCU faculty and staff following a potential gas leak where crews are working on repairing a water main break on Harrison and Cumberland that occurred Monday.

Police and fire services were called to the intersection to investigate a potential hazard, but the all-clear was given after the police failed to find a gas leak.

Yesterday, a 24-inch water main break left Richmond residents without water, and a large amount of residents with lowered pressure. Richmond’s Public Information Manager, Angela Fountain, assured there was no loss of water at the Medical Center.

The cause of the break is said to be of aging pipes that still run underneath the city.  The original water system was implemented many years ago, and is subject to failures that require replacements. Restoration of the intersection near the Monroe Park Campus is still underway, but The Richmond Times-Dispatch is reporting that water services have returned to normal.

There was no data released about the total amount of people affected by the main’s break.

On Sunday night, a local resident reported the leakage of water into a storm drain at the intersection.  By the time officials had come back on Monday to check the issue, the main had given out completely.

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