The flow of natural gas from a damaged gas line on Freeport Boulevard was stopped late Monday afternoon, but Pacific Gas and Electric Co. reported that repairs will not be completed until early Tuesday morning..
Evacuations of restaurants and other businesses on Freeport one block north and one block south of Fifth Avenue were lifted and a PG&E spokeswoman said gas service to the businesses were not affected by the damaged line. The street closure remains in effect due to repair activities and motorists are advised to avoid the area. Repairs are expected to be completed by about 6 a.m. Tuesday.
The leak was caused by a construction crew that punctured a six-inch line, officials said.
McClatchy High School was not evacuated and it was still possible to drive or walk onto campus. However, motorists were being directed to the south on Freeport when they exited the campus.
Restaurants including Famous Pizza, McDonalds, Subway and Round Table were evacuated.