UPDATE: Natural Gas Leak in the Willows Shopping Center

August 4, 2014 · 15 comments

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A natural gas leak has forced the evacuation of businesses in the Willows Shopping Center on Diamond Blvd. in Concord.

The leak is near the area that is currently under construction.

No injuries have been reported.

Thanks to Aaron for the picture!

UPDATE, 4:18pm: A gas leak prompted evacuations at the Willows Shopping Center in Concord this afternoon, a PG&E spokeswoman said today.

A third-party crew digging in the area struck a 3-inch plastic gas main, prompting the evacuation of some stores in the shopping center, PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said.

Utility crews responded and stopped the flow of gas, Sarkissian said. She said the crews hope to have the main repaired by 5:30pm.

No one was injured as a result of the leak, she said.

1 MadMom August 4, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Thanks Mayor. I was just about to head over to Cost Plus. I guess I’ll wait a bit.

2 Craig Cannon August 4, 2014 at 4:02 PM

I sent pictures. Other than being treated Rudely in My Opinion for Taking Pictures by REI Staff in The Parking Lot. Things at Willows Are Returning to Normal. Looks Like Cost Plus is ready to Open. (Call First). Nice Response PG&E!

3 Dorothy August 4, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Another crew digging around without finding out where the gas lines are located? At least the place didn’t get blown up.

4 a PLASTIC gas main? Whatever happened to durable metal? August 4, 2014 at 5:22 PM

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5 Anon August 4, 2014 at 5:23 PM

For some reason construction people never know where the pipes are buried & they hit them all the time. One would think they would research this stuff.

6 Cowellian August 4, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Found it!

7 anon August 4, 2014 at 6:20 PM

4 – not god for earthquakes and corrodes too fast. Plastic also bends for roots. Contractors dig like there’s no tomorrow…

8 Concord1963 August 4, 2014 at 6:41 PM

There is a non profit company by the name of Utiliquest people are supposed to call before digging – both residential and commercial. They research if there are underground utilities where you are planning to dig then send their people out to mark the ground – different colors for different utilities (gas, water, etc). This is a FREE service so no excuse.

9 Anon August 4, 2014 at 6:47 PM

#4 is in his seventies. Plastics have moved beyond Tupperware.

10 anonymous August 4, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Throwing them under the bus it was contra costa water district. Construction people do know where the pipes are. Bad ones dont.. our company has been digging all around for weeks there yet we havnt hit a thing. Carelessness is all it was…

11 gman August 4, 2014 at 8:11 PM

There is a free service called USA that you are supposed to call before you dig and they have the utility companies come out and locate there lines on the property, but that is all they do. If this line was a PG&E gas main they would have located it, but if it was one owned by the property owners they would not have located that. Whenever we dig we hire a company that will come out and locate all underground utilities that are within the property no matter who owns them.

12 Jay Dee August 4, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Since all of you are experts on safe excavation I don’t need to tell you, based on my 30+ years in construction, that in a place like The Willows, private property developed in the 70’s, there are zero records on where any of the underground utilities are located. That leaves the excavation contractor dependent on underground utility finding specialists who are often/usually/always wrong about where the underground utilities actually are. It is definitely fun to stick a back hoe in the ground hoping that the nice yellow line on the asphalt showing the location of the gas line is remotely correct.

13 Cautiously Informed August 4, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Isn’t it funny how so many people are experts in subjects they really know nothing about?

Having worked in a profession where I have had to deal with underground pipes of all types, I would venture to say that Jay Dee knows what he’s talking about.

14 Concord1963 August 4, 2014 at 11:20 PM

#’s 12 and 13. I don’t profess to be an expert nor anywhere near it. I do know the aforementioned agencies exist because I have close family members, one of which worked for USA North whereas the other presently works for Utiliquest. I also know that what they offer is not fail proof; however some help is better than none. And know-it-all’s cause more problems than they solve. :)

15 install gas hot water August 14, 2014 at 10:48 AM

The first step in preventing a gas leak is ongoing maintenance for any existing gas appliances such as boilers, water heaters or stoves. Periodically these should be checked to ensure that they are in proper working order and that all connections and gas lines are secured to prevent a leak. When a repair is needed or suggested it is critical that this be done immediately and by a professional.

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