Entergy crews repair gas leak in north Baton Rouge

Joor Road between Hooper and Gurney roads in north Baton Rouge reopened to traffic about 6:50 p.m. Saturday after Entergy workers secured an underground gas main allegedly damaged by a contractor digging in the area, an Entergy official said.

Sheila Pounders, Entergy regional service manager, said a contractor hit the gas main while excavating in the area, but there was no public safety concern while repairs were being made.

“They’re not in any danger at this point,” Pounders said about 5 p.m. “If they think that we don’t have it under control, they’ll evacuate it. At this point, it is under control and it’s just a matter of us welding the pipe back together.”

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies blocked off Joor between Hooper and Gurney for more than two hours as Entergy crews worked to seal the ruptured main, sheriff’s spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said.

Pounders said she did not know the size of the break in the main. Entergy will investigate the actions of the contractor involved in the incident, she said. The city-parish could levy fines if it feels laws were broken, she said.