Menlo Park: 'Shelter in place' alert lifted

Construction accident breaks small gas line

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, 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.


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Posted by ken
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 30, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Hey this means we get free parking for a hr!

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Posted by what about SMCalert?
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 30, 2013 at 4:24 pm

I got notice from both the city and the police but not from SMCalert. I thought an incident like this would cause an alert in the county. Not everyone who might be in Menlo Park lives in Menlo Park.

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Posted by Sandy Bardas
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 1, 2013 at 10:19 am

I live across the street from the site and no one in the house received any explanation of the street closure even though there was a strong smell of gas.

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