Gas leak residents moved to Bramall Lane for possible overnight stay

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Dozens of residents are facing an overnight stay at a Sheffield football ground after an entire street was evacuated due to a gas leak. However many opted for hotels rooms or to stay with rather than stay at the reception room of Bramall Lane football club.

Hundreds also took refuge at Notre Dam High School earlier in the day.

Homes and businesses were evacuated following a gas leak in Oakbrook Road.

Those affected are facing a night of uncertainty with no indication of when they might be allowed back into their homes.

Many stayed at Notre Dame High School on Fulwood Road and were then taken by mini bus to Bramall Lane if they needed overnight accommodation.

A 100 metre cordon is in place around the Oakbrook Road area, in Nether Green following the gas pipe rupture this morning.

Muriel Kynoch, 94, who was at Notre Dame High School with her daughter-in-law said: “The police knocked on the front door and told me I had to leave. I was worried about my family. Everyone has been lovely. We’ve been fed and watered. We were given fish and chips too.”

A National Grid spokemen told residents gathered at Notre Dame High School that “The ambition is to get people back tonight.”

Sarah Harrison, who was at the school with her two children, Alfie, 5, and Joseph, 2, said that when she only realised what had happened when she finished work.

First we were told to come back at 6pm and then 8pm. The kids need to be in school tomorrow so I want to get them to bed. I’ve had to go out and buy toothbrushes and pyjamas.

“It is an adventure for them and a nightmare for us.”

Deputy Head Deirdre Cleary said: “We’ve had about 100 to 150 coming in ad out all day. We’ve been trying to pull people together. The National Grid provided catering and we’ve tried to provide books and footballs and things for the kids.”

The cordon is expected to be in place for the remainder of the afternoon, into the evening and potentially overnight while work is carried out to repair the damaged pipe.

The loud sound of gas rushing from the pipe can be heard up to 1,000 meters away.

Residents outside of the cordon are advised to keep their windows and doors closed.

Firefighters, police and gas engineers were called to the scene at about 10.30am.

Oakbrook Road is closed from the roundabout at Rustlings Road to the junction with Hangingwater Road and traffic diversions are in place.

The cordon covers Oakbrook Road, Cruise Road, Fulney Road and part of Westwood Road.

A National Grid spokesman said: “National Grid’s gas emergency engineers were called to a gas leak at 10.23am this morning, following damage by a third party to our steel gas pipe valve at the junction of Oakbrook Road and Westwood Road in Sheffield.

“Our engineers have been working throughout the day with emergency services to bring the situation under control.

“No one was injured and gas supplies have not been affected.

“A number of properties, approximately 75 and about 50 people, have been evacuated as a precaution, whilst we carry out our work and the 100 metre cordon remains in place.

“Our engineers are working at this time to reduce the gas pressure, so that they can safely work on the pipe to stop the gas leak.

“We are aiming to stop the gas leak by the early evening, so that residents who have been evacuated, can return to their homes this evening.

“We would like to thank people for their patience and to thank the emergency services who we have been working with us throughout the day.

“This incident will be investigated, however, our priority at the moment is to stop the gas escape and return people to their homes as soon as possible.

“We would also like to remind people if they do smell gas, they should call the national gas emergency number 0800 111 999.”

Accommodation will be provided at Notre Dame High School from 4pm.

A spokesman for Sheffield Council said: “We know that residents of Oakbrook Road will be concerned regarding the ongoing situation, and we will be providing facilities for them while they are evacuated from their homes.

“All those who are currently unable to gain access to their homes are advised to return to the cordon that is currently in place and speak to the officers who are there, who will be able to give them advice.

“Equally, if they prefer to stay with friends and family elsewhere and are able to do so, then we know that this might be preferable.

“Updates will be provided via our Twitter account, @sheffcouncil, and through the local media, while the cordon remains in place, and we are working with our partner agencies to ensure that people can return home as soon as possible.”