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Residents evacuated, warning issued after gas leak at Wallan East

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A ruptured gas pipe in Station Street, Wallan East, prompted the evacuation of nearby residents early this morning.

Emergency services earlier issued a warning to anyone located within Wallan East to move indoors, close windows and vents and follow instructions of police and emergency services at the scene.

The warning has now been downgraded to an advice message, with the threat now reduced.

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People are now advised that they can resume normal activities, and open windows and doors to ventilate their homes and businesses.

The Country Fire Authority, CFA, was called to the gas pipe rupture at 3.30am after a 180-millimetre pipe ruptured.

A CFA media spokesperson said crews made the scene safe and evacuated a few nearby houses as a precaution.

“The gas company isolated the high pressure gas main at 9.49am,” she said.

“The incident was brought under control at 9.49am and declared safe just before 10am.”

The Hume Freeway was closed between Wandong Road, Wandong, and the Northern Highway, Wallan, at 6.24am and re-opened to traffic at 8.05am.

Watson Street was also closed earlier this morning, but has now reopened.

Some school bus routes were affected by the leak and were unable to run including those Whittlesea Secondary College.  

Public Transport Victoria have not reported any disruptions to V/Line services.

Updates are available on the VicEmergency App or www.emergency.vic.gov.au

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