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WTRF.com UPDATE: Evacuations Lifted, Scene Secured at Jefferson County Well Pad Site

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A release from the Jefferson County 911 Center states:

"As of 6:45 Wednesday morning, the emergency at the well pad site on Twp Road 184 in Jefferson County is over.  The site is secure and danger has passed.  All evacuations have been lifted and all residents may return to their homes"

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A mandatory evacuation has been ordered for a two mile radius after a gas well head was sheared off by crews working at a site near Cross Creek Twp. 187 and County Road 26. The order has been issued by the Jefferson County Office of Homeland Security and EMA.

Evacuations are in place for the following areas:
Twp. Road 177 - Cross Creek
Twp. Road 177A - Cross Creek
Browns Hill Road - Cross Creek.
State Route 151 7900 to Scott Featner Road in Cross Creek Twp.
Co. Rd. 18, 151 to 700 Range
Plum Run - Aldo Rd. - Co. Rd. 19 to 410 Range - Bozman Lane
Twp. Road 162 and part 163 - Wells Twp.
Twp. Road 503 - Wells Twp. and Twp. Road 508 - Wells Twp.
Sheep Rock Road

Two shelters are in place if evacuees need a place to go. They are at the Smithfield Fire Department and Wells Township Community Center. There are two buses at the New Alexandria Fire Department available for transportation to the shelters.

The well is not on fire, but it is leaking natural and methane gasses according to Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla. He said there is a risk of explosion.

Abdalla said crews will be flying in from Texas to cap the leaking well, and that windy conditions are helping to dissipate the gas.

Numerous fire departments and law enforcement agencies are on scene, and going door to door to help evacuate residents.

 WTRF.com  has also learned Buckeye Local High School is closed Wednesday while their facilities are used as evacuation shelters following the gas leak. 

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