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Chestnut Street in Gainesville reopens after gas leak, sinkhole
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A sinkhole and gas leak were found Wednesday, May 25, on Chestnut Street. Gainesville fire officials said they were attempting to locate the source of the leak. - photo by Ben Anderson

Update: Chestnut Street has reopened after a gas leak and sinkhole were found Wednesday, May 25.

"They are still trying to determine the exact location of the leak," Gainesville Fire spokesman Keith Smith said.  "Chestnut Street is back open, but Liberty Utilities is still working on the sides of Chestnut Street."

Smith said the company hopes to complete the project by Friday. 

"We’d ask that everyone proceed through the area with caution as Liberty Utilities personnel will be working in that fairly sharp turn," Smith said.


A sinkhole and gas leak found Wednesday, May 25, on Chestnut Street in Gainesville forced the closure of the road.

 The leak was discovered by chance, Gainesville Fire spokesman Keith Smith said.

 A Charter Communications worker was repairing a splayed cable line when he dropped his cigarette and ignited the leak. They still have not located the source of the leak, but they expect that they will have to tear up the road to pinpoint it and fix the leak. 

 The sinkhole was found between Bradford Street and E.E. Butler Parkway.

With the rainy weather coming in Thursday, it could be some time before the road opens back up, he said.

Smith said the road will be closed until the leak is stopped, and he did not have an estimate of when the road will reopen.

Smith asked for people to avoid the area.



Gas ignited in Gainesville sinkhole

A sinkhole and gas leak were found Wednesday, May 25, on Chestnut Street. Gainesville fire officials said they were attempting to locate the source of the leak.
By: Ben Anderson

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A sinkhole and gas leak were found Wednesday, May 25, on Chestnut Street. Gainesville fire officials said they were attempting to locate the source of the leak. - photo by Ben Anderson