Gas leak in Lauderdale-by-the Sea causes evacuation near A1A

 

More than 25 residents along a section of A1A have been evacuated due to a propane natural gas tank leak in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.

A town spokesman said the leak is from an old, abandoned underground tank that began leaking Thursday, sending a smell of gas into the Palm Bay Club development at 5555 N. Ocean Blvd.

“The abandoned tank was supposed to have been emptied, but it wasn’t, now it’s rusted and it’s leaking,” said spokesman Steve d’Oliveira.

It’s unknown how long it will take for the repair to be completed and residents near the tank allowed to return home.

Traffic along that stretch of A1A is being rerouted to Federal Highway.

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