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Gas leak capped in Woodside; no injuries

PG&E asks residents to check where gas lines are before digging into the ground

Portola Road reopened after crews stopped a gas leak Friday afternoon in Woodside that had residents restricted to their homes for safety, according to PG&E and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

A resident had been digging in the area and broke a 1-and-one-quarter inch plastic gas line, officials said.

Sheriff's Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt said the Sheriff's Office received the first call of the leak at 1:38 p.m.

A shelter-in-place order was issued shortly after the report and lifted at 4:06 p.m., Rosenblatt said.

Portola Road between Tadin Lane and Old La Honda Road was closed at about 2:50 p.m. and reopened at 4:06 p.m., Rosenblatt said.

The leak injured no one but affected three customers, PG&E spokesman Nick Smith said.

Smith suggests that residents or workers who are planning to dig call 811 beforehand to locate gas lines and prevent leaks.

— Bay City News Service

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