Livingston homes evacuated after gas odor reported

Residents were evacuated from their homes for a few hours Wednesday morning after several people reported smelling gas in a Livingston neighborhood, police said.

The police department received calls around 10:39 a.m. reporting the strong odor in the 600 block of First Street, between C and D streets, said Livingston Police Chief Ruben Chavez. About five homes were evacuated after residents reported feeling dizzy.

The street was reopened and residents were allowed to return to their homes by about 12:30 p.m., the chief said. He said officials are still determining what caused the smell, but it was likely linked to sewer gas from a manhole – not natural gas.

Chavez said five officers were on scene Wednesday morning and Pacific Gas and Electric Co. officials had been notified. A community notification was also issued to nearby residents.

“Officers could actually smell the strong odor from outside. They weren’t sure if it’s from one of the residences or from a manhole,” Chavez said.

Authorities advised school administrators at Selma Herndon Elementary School on Prusso Street as a cautionary measure, although students were not evacuated, Chavez said. Administrators responded by keeping the students inside.