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ALERT 12:08 p.m. 8/31/2018: 13th Ave. E. closed from 12th St. E. to 17th St. E. as crews respond to a report of a gas main issue. Avoid this street and the surrounding area until further notice.
UPDATE: Around noon today, a subcontractor working on the 13th Avenue E. reconstruction project came into contact with a gas main near 16th Street E. while doing underground work.The crew immediately contacted the West Fargo Fire Department and Xcel Energy to report the contact and shut off the gas. Together with the West Fargo Police Department, the fire department shut down 13th Avenue E. from 12th Street E. to just west of 17th Street E. and evacuated Taco Johns and Hot Spring Spas out of an abundance of caution. Xcel Energy was able to isolate and cap the leak where the contact was made. Crews will be in the area for a few hours working on the repair, but traffic is flowing again from west of 17th Street E. to 12th Street E.