by Tim Church
BRANSON, Mo. – Streets are reopened and people are returned to their homes and businesses following a gas line break this (Thursday) morning in Downtown Branson.
At approximately 10 a.m. a backhoe, being operated by the City of Branson Public Works Department, struck a gas line along 2nd Street just north of Main Street.
In the minutes that followed, emergency crews arrived on scene and began closing down streets and evacuating the homes and businesses in the surrounding area.
Branson Fire Chief Ted Martin reports:
Martin adds that just last week all of the departments with the City of Branson, some from Taney County and Summit Gas took part in a tabletop exercise, simulating a gas leak in the Downtown Branson area. Martin adds by just completing this exercise, he believes crews were better prepared to handle the challenges that came with this incident.