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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Evacuation ordered for Old Edwards Estates due to gas leak

Contact: Tracy LeClair, Eagle River Fire Protection District, 970-471-5284

March 14, 2019 – 9:30 p.m. – Residents of Old Edwards Estates are being asked to evacuate the neighborhood due to a gas leak on the Edwards Spur Road. Residents should leave immediately with their pets and all medications and any other necessary items required for an overnight evacuation; close all windows and doors; and shut down all mechanical equipment, including furnaces. Eagle County Sheriff’s Deputies will be going door to door though the neighborhood to ensure all residents can leave safely.

A shelter is being established at the Edwards Interfaith Chapel, located at 32138 U.S. Highway 6 in Edwards. Pets will be accepted at the shelter if they are in crates.

The gas leak was reported at approximately 5 p.m., where construction was occurring near the bridge area as part of upgrades to the Edwards Spur Road and U.S. Highway 6 intersection.

Agencies responding to the incident include Eagle River Fire Protection District, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Salvation Army, Colorado Department of Transportation, Eagle River Water and Sanitation District, Black Hills Energy, Eagle County Paramedics Services, Eagle County Emergency Management, Eagle County Animal Services, Vail Public Safety and Communications Center, Edwards Interfaith Chapel and Vail Health.