Students and staff evacuated from Pineview Elementary School

First responders, Black Hills Energy, and NCSD maintenance are working to fix the gas line...
First responders, Black Hills Energy, and NCSD maintenance are working to fix the gas line break at Pineview Elementary School.(Katie Reed)
Published: Jan. 7, 2022 at 1:18 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - At 9:15 a.m. on Jan. 7, Pineview Elementary students and staff were evacuated. They are now at Kelly Walsh High School.

According to district officials, there are no safety concerns for staff or students.

A gas line outside the school was accidentally cut by Rocky Mountain Power. First responders, Rocky Mountain Power, Black Hills Energy, and Natrona County School District Maintenance are working together to fix the cut.

The potential impact on surrounding homes and businesses is being investigated. The timeline for when the gas line will be fixed is currently unknown.

“At this time, we don’t have an ETA. I know our crews are investigating the situation now, so hopefully, it won’t be an incredibly long time, but the main thing is we want to do it safely,” said Black Hills Energy Community Affairs Manager Michael Howe.

Morning preschool pickup will be at the main KWHS entrance. Afternoon preschool has been canceled.

As of 2 p.m. Jan. 7, Pineview students and staff have been cleared to return to the school.

“We want to give a shout out to the students and staff at Kelly Walsh High School for being excellent hosts! We also want to express our appreciation to the Pineview staff and all others who assisted in taking such great care of students and staff during this time,” said NCSD Director Public Relations Tanya Southerland.

Emergency vehicles have left the area, however, Black Hills Energy employees remain to finalize the fixes to the gas line.

27 homes were impacted by the cut line and are without gas, it will be restored as soon as the line has been fixed by Black Hills Energy.

According to Howe, work finished on the gas line at about 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 7. All homes in the area should have gas again.

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