Kapuskasing evacuation lifted after gas leak

Residents in Kapuskasing are returning home after a gasoline leak forced the mandatory evacuation of about four city blocks Thursday afternoon.

Residents in Kapuskasing are slowly returning home after a gasoline leak forced the mandatory evacuation of about four city blocks Thursday afternoon. 

In a written statement released Saturday afternoon, Ontario Provincial Police said the source of the gas leak has been located and the state of evacuation will be lifted after final precautionary safety testing.

"The OPP would like to inform all motorists, cyclists and pedestrians that Riverside Drive at the intersection of Government Road and Henderson Street will be closed to traffic while the necessary repairs are being completed," reads the statement.

"The OPP would like to thank all the evacuees for their patience and cooperation during the emergency situation and would also like to thank all responding emergency personnel in their contribution to the safety and well-being of all affected Kapuskasing residents and attending units."

The evacuation area was was downsized late Friday, though a small portion of Riverside Drive remained under an evacuation order.

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