Wanda English Burnett
Last Thursday, August 19 Osgood utility crews responded to a
call of a gas leak at 132 East Eckert Street just before noon.
According to information from Steve Wilhoit, street superintendent
for the town, the homeowner had cut the plastic service line
in half. He said he was replacing a water line when the incident
Wilhoit noted that the homeowner couldnt produce a line
locate ticket number, and therefore was in violation of the
state law that requires you to call 811 before you begin any
There are stiff fines that could be imposed, Wilhoit
told the Osgood Journal. He noted that he is required to report
the incident to state authorities.
Wilhoit said gas blew from the cut pipes for over an hour last
Thursday as crews worked to repair the damage. Also assisting
the town utility department was the Osgood and Versailles fire
People dont realize what it takes to repair the
lines, Wilhoit said. Worse yet, there could have been
a massive explosion due to the gas leakage.
The homeowner thought he knew where the utilities were,
Wilhoit noted. Which is often the case. It is the law that you
call before digging anything. Its simple to do. Just call
811 and they will mark the lines within a 48-hour period. Then
you can dig safely.
Wilhoit also noted that last week his department responded to
a call of a gas smell around the Jac-Cen-Del School area. The
town responded to find that a mowing crew from that state had
ran over a gas farm tap.
A passerby smelled the gas and called 911, according to Wilhoit.
He said the leak was spewing gas about 110 pounds straight up
in the air when his crews arrived. We were thankful that
someone took the time to call about the gas smell, he
noted, encouraging community participation to keep everyone