Residents living in the area of where a natural gas line ruptured this morning have been allowed back into their homes.
According the Riverside County Fire Department, residents were allowed back into their homes around 3 p.m., but a road closure on Briarwood Avenue and Standord Street will remain in effect until further notice and trenching is complete.
Crews at a construction site in east Hemet Wednesday punctured a gas main, prompting authorities to evacuate neighboring homes and close-off area roads.
The evacuations and road closures will be in place for at least four hours.
The line was ruptured shortly before 10:30 a.m. in the 41800 block of Briarwood Avenue, in an unincorporated area known as Little Lake, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
The rupture prompted the evacuations of about 20 homes in the area, said Jody Hagemann in a fire report. A convalescent home occupied with 32 people and was notified to shelter in place, she said.
Access to Orange Blossom Land, Briarwood Avenue and Acacia Avenue between Stanford Street and Meridian Street was shut down so the line could be repaired, according the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Evacuations and road closures are expected to last at least four hours while repairs are made, the report said.