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Residents told to shelter in place, part of highway closed due to severed gas line in area of Caldwell Co.

Repairs are expected to take about 10 hours to complete.
Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 4:13 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2021 at 7:48 PM EDT
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HUDSON, N.C. (WBTV) - Residents in a community in the city of Hudson, North Carolina are being told to shelter in place and part of a major highway is closed due to a severed gas line in the area.

Officials say a Piedmont Natural Gas main gas line was severed at Smokey Mountain Furniture on Hickory Boulevard. According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, a construction company reportedly struck a main gas line while digging beside the road at 2 p.m.

Nearby residents are advised to shelter in place and limit time outdoors. Residents should also be cognizant of new-onset of headache, dizziness and nausea.

US 321 is closed between Mission Road and Pine Mountain Road in both directions. Drivers are told use alternate routes for travel and be prepared for delays. Both north and southbound lanes are expected to be closed in the area until after midnight.

The NC State Highway Patrol is working with the NC Department of Transportation and local authorities on a detour.

Repairs are expected to take about 10 hours to complete.

Piedmont Natural Gas is on-site along with Hudson Fire, Sawmills Fire, Hudson Police Department, NC Highway Patrol, and Caldwell County Emergency Management.

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