UPDATE: Enstar repairs Dowling Road gas line break

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Correction: Enstar reports that this incident was a gas line break, and not a gas leak as originally reported in an Anchorage Police Department community alert.

Enstar is responding to a gas line break at 1130 E. Dowling Road after it was hit by an excavator on Thursday morning.

According to Lindsay Hobson, communications manager with Enstar, the gas has been turned off and crews are responding to the 1-inch line break.

"There is no gas in the area so the area is safe," she says.

Dowling Road has been reopened to traffic, but Hobson says drivers should to expect a few delays as Enstar repairs the break.

Hobson adds that while a gas line was ruptured, Enstar does not call it a "gas leak" per technical terminology.

"A gas leak is something that's underground – not typically caused by an incident," explains Hobson. "It's different for reporting requirement and for public safety."

She says the incident was mistakenly reported as a "gas leak" by the Anchorage Police Department.

Original Story:
The Anchorage Fire Department is responding to a gas line break at 1130 E. Dowling Road Thursday morning.

According to Jodie Hettrick, deputy chief of operations with AFD, a report of gas in the area was called in at 9:41 a.m. when an excavator hit a 1-inch gas line.

Hettrick says AFD is still on location as crew are waiting for Enstar to arrive. She says Enstar was alerted when the line was first struck and that the gas company is en route.

According to local police, the road was temporarily closed between the New Seward Highway and the Old Seward Highway. But as of 10:24 a.m., the road has been reopened.

Hettrick adds that road closures due to gas leaks depend on wind change.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is available.

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