Dodge County officials: Crash shuts off natural gas in Juneau, residents within 1-mile radius evacuated

Updated: 8:36 p.m. on Dec. 29, 2021

DODGE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Approximately 1,100 homes in the city of Juneau and surrounding area are impacted by a natural gas leak. 

A warming shelter for residents who will be without heat because of the gas being shut off will be at the Horicon High School, 841 Grey St, Horicon, and will be open throughout the night.

Officials with the Dodge County Sheriff's Office will be on sight to assist residents at the High School along with the Red Cross. It is advisable to bring along sleeping bags, blankets, and pillows.

It is anticipated that the repairs will last at least eight hours but could be longer. Detours of traffic will remain in place throughout the night.

Published: 5:28 p.m. on Dec. 29, 2021

DODGE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A traffic crash along Highway 26 in Dodge County Wednesday, Dec. 29, caused damage to a natural gas pipe above the ground, creating a significant leak of natural gas in Juneau. Residents within a one-mile radius of the crash have been evacuated.

Evacuations were given to all residents in person and through RAVE messages. Officials say as a result of this leak, natural gas to the City of Juneau has been shut off, and electricity had been temporarily shut off, as well.

At 4:30 p.m., authorities said the natural gas is anticipated to be off for a long period of time, possibly overnight. Electricity was recently restored, but it is not yet known if electricity may need to be temporarily turned off during the repairs.

A warming shelter has been established at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, located at 950 Washington Street in Horicon --, on State Highway 33. The warming shelter will be open until at least 7:30 p.m. At that time, it will be reevaluated if it will remain open longer.

There will be long-term road closures in and around the Juneau area due to this incident.

This is a developing story. Stick with CBS 58 on air and online for updates. 

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