|Published:||Sep 27, 2012 10:41 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 27, 2012 11:48 PM EDT|
NAPLES, Fla - Crews are working overnight to repair a gas line that was hit Thursday afternoon.
It happened around 4:00 p.m. along Gulfshore Drive near La Playa Resort on Vanderbilt Beach. By 6:30 the line was secured and capped, but crews were still working to repair it.
A power line project along Gulfshore Drive came to a halt Thursday afternoon when contractors working to bury powerlines ended up puncturing a natural gas line.
"Certainly it makes for an interesting day. From the guest experience, this is not exactly what you would expect when you come to a resort," says La Playa evening resort manager Robert Masi.
The four inch gas line was hit by construction crews working across the street from La Playa. Masi says the impact to the hotel and restaurant has been minimal.
"The gas is currently off. It's not an inconvenience at the moment. We have enough hot water in storage to service our guests and if need be we have procedures or plans in place to address that should it become an issue," says Masi.
A TECO spokesperson tells WINK News eight customers were affected and that gas should be restored to all of them by the end of the day Friday.
"We're all lucky," says Masi. "The main thing is everyone is safe, no one is in any danger. Yes, it's not what you would expect on a Thursday night, but I think everyone is making due with the situation."
Earlier in the day, the entire stretch of Gulfshore Drive was closed down, but as of 10:30 Thursday night just a small portion in front of La Playa is closed. You can still get to Gulfshore Drive from either Bluebill Avenue or Vanderbilt Beach Road.
FPL has not said on how long it will take crews to repair the line.