A shelter in place alert issued for residents and businesses within 400 feet of the 1300 block of Hoover Street in Menlo Park has been lifted now that a gas leak has been contained.
Menlo Park police spokeswoman Nicole Acker said a construction crew working on Hoover hit a Pacific Gas and Electric gas line. The department sent out the alert around 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 30 and later estimated that repairs would be completed by 12:30 p.m.
According to firedispatch.com, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District responded to 1330 Hoover St. shortly before 11 a.m.
PG&E spokesman Jason King said a non-affiliated construction crew hit a 1" plastic line while excavating and that the utility company had workers at the scene.
Ten customers had gas service shut off, according to Mr. King, and PG&E will be sending workers around to re-light pilot lights.
Why the construction crew hit the line remains a mystery; Mr. King said "811" marks at the site indicated the location of the underground lines. He emphasized the need for workers to always call 811 first for guidance before digging, no matter how small or large the project.