Goshen gas leak prompts evacuation of 200 block of W. Washington Street

Public safety crews have evacuated a one block radius of W. Washington Street after a reported natrual gas leak.

Posted on Nov. 26, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Nov. 26, 2013 at 2:40 p.m.

GOSHEN -- Public safety crews are responding to a natural gas leak on the 200 block of W. Washington Street.

Residents and businesses in a one block radius of the area have been evacuated, but it was not immediately clear how many homes or businesses were cleared out.

The Goshen Fire Department, Police Department and the Northern Indiana Public Service Company (Nipsco) are on scene of a natural gas leak near the 200 block of W. Washington Street.

A news release from the Goshen Police Department asks residents and drivers to "please stay clear of the area and to respect emergency services requests as this leak is repaired. The time it will take for the repair is unknown at this time."

NIPSCO has confirmed the gas has been shut off. Traffic on Main Street is congested and drivers should avoid the area if possible.

The Interra Credit Union at 300 W. Lincoln Ave was evacuated just before 2 p.m., said Karen Steffensen, the director of marketing for the credit union.

Steffensen said members can check their Facebook and Twitter for updates.

The evacuation means members won't have access to online, mobile or telephone banking while the main office is closed. Members can go to other branches but some services may be limited, and there may be limitations on the amount of cash that can be withdrawn from an ATM or the amount of purchases that can be made with a debit card.

Along with the police, the Goshen Fire Department and NIPSCO are on scene as well. Traffic is being diverted from the area.

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Below is a map of area evacuated, roads closed, and other details:

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