Gas leak in Montreal’s south shore forces hundreds of evacuations, closure of St-Hubert airport

A gas leak in Longueuil on Tuesday forced the evacuation of the St-Hubert airport and hundreds of residents to leave their homes.

A gas leak in Montreal’s south shore has come to an end after it forced the evacuation of 208 homes and the temporary closure of the St-Hubert airport.

A six-inch pipe carrying natural gas was hit Tuesday afternoon during excavation work on de la Savane Road, according to Longueuil’s fire department division chief Michel Huguerot.

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The incident happened at around 12:35 p.m. and the pipe was capped around eight hours later.

Huguerot says all residents have returned home, the airport is once again fully functional and power has been completely restored.

Hydro-Québec cut power to about 600 homes in the area as a preventative measure while Énergir worked on fixing the pipe.

Firefighters had set up a perimeter around the area and asked people to avoid driving by.

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— With files from Global News’ Kalina Laframboise and The Canadian Press

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