SaskEnergy caps natural gas leak in Caswell Hill

It took emergency workers 12 hours to shut off a natural gas pipeline leak that forced evacuations and kept students in lockdown at Caswell School.

Took 12 hours to seal 25-centimetre pipeline

Renovating and expanding Caswell School is on the Saskatoon Public School Division's list of top three capital construction projects, along with renovating Pleasant Hill School, and creating a "City Centre" community centre and school at the site of Princess Alexandra School. (Chanss Lagaden/CBC News)

It took more than 12 hours, but SaskEnergy emergency crews say they have finally been able to shut off the natural gas at a pipeline leak.

The line was hit by an excavation crew late Monday morning, just west of Idylwyld on 30th Street.

Homes in the area were evacuated and students were kept inside their classrooms at Caswell School as a precaution.

But everyone has now been allowed back into their homes. 

SaskEnergy's Dave Burdeniuk said the repair crews finally got the 25-centimetre pipeline closed off around 11:00 p.m. CST.

They had to thaw the ground using steam so they could dig through it.

Caswell School had entered into a perimeter lockdown after the leak..

A private contractor hit a gas line on the 400 block of 30th Street W. at around 10 a.m. CST, two blocks away from the school. Nearby homes had been evacuated.

According to the City of Saskatoon, students were safe and were kept inside for lunch.

Children who do not take the bus had to be be picked up and signed out by parents.

Traffic restrictions were in place on 30th Street W. between Avenue C and D.