AUGUST 4, 1997
Gas pipeline gouged
by A.T. Walgamott
A contractor digging a sewer line near Wellington Hills Golf Course nicked a 4-inch natural gas pipeline early Friday morning. Nobody was injured when the bucket of a Davlin Construction trackhoe hit the pipeline along 75th Ave. S.E. near S.E. 238th St. at about 8:10 a.m. The resulting leak sent up a small plume of dust and rocks and briefly emitted a loud noise.
According to foreman Rick Olson, the pipeline wasn't where workers expected it to be, running at an angle to the road instead of parallel. Davlin is laying sewer and water lines for Cross Valley Water District along the east side of 75th Ave. and down 240th St. S.E. to the Grace area.
Snohomish County Fire District 7 and Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District crews responded to the leak. One woman was temporarily evacuated from her nearby home. Puget Sound Energy (PSE) crews were able to quickly clamp the broken pipe. No service was lost. The damaged pipeline was replaced the same day.
PSE crews also checked homes in the direct vicinity for dangerous odors, according to company officials.