UPDATE: Officers are now clear from the area of Elliott Road and Rossmore Road. All closed roads are now opened.
From Sault Fire Services:
Shortly after 10 am this morning, Sault Ste. Marie Fire Services responded to the Elliott Road and Hill Street area for a natural gas leak.
A gas line was severed by Public Works and Transportation labourers performing general maintenance work on storm sewer systems.
Residents in the area were evacuated and power was disconnected as a precautionary measure.
Union Gas representatives located and controlled the leak shortly after 12 pm today.
Evacuated residents can return to the area effective immediately. Residents will be allowed back in their homes after Union Gas representatives have tested for gas and have deemed their homes safe
The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service is asking motorist to avoid the area of Elliott Road and Rossmore Road.
Shortly after 10:30 am this morning Sault Fire Services contacted the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service requesting assistance with traffic control in this area due to a possible gas leak.
Emergency crews from Fire and Police Services as well as the PUC and local gas companies are on scene.
No traffic is being allowed eastbound on Rossmore Road at Farwell Terrace or westbound on Elliott Road.
Officers have the following intersections closed: Elliott Road at Rossmore Road, Hill Street at Johnson Avenue, Peoples Road at Elliott Road and Farwell Terrace at Rossmore Road.