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UPDATE 4:00 P.M.

The City of Vernon is now reporting that power has been restored to all residents affected by the gas line break earlier today.

Evacuated residents of the Ukrainian Village Apartments are also returning to their homes.

Fortis BC is continuing repairs on the line and estimate that 317 customers are affected and will remain without gas until the line is repaired. 

Update: 1:30 p.m.:

The gas break has been contained, but the power will remain off until late this afternoon.

UPDATE 11:45 A.M. 

Gas and power is now being shut off to nearly 300 customers after a earlier gas leak forced the evacuation of 72 residents. 

Fortis BC is shutting off power and gas from 34 Street to 41 Street and on 24 Avenue, 25 Avenue and 27 Avenue following the natural gas leak on 27 Avenue and 35 Street earlier this morning.

299 customers will be affected, including the Blue Moon Esso, the Evergreen Motel and the Vernon Family Doctors Medical Centre.

Crews are still hopeful residents will be able to return to their homes within two hours.

UPDATE 11:00 A.M.: 

A natural gas leak caused by road construction near downtown Vernon has prompted Vernon Fire Services to evacuate 72 residents of the Ukrainian Village Apartments.

Fire, the City of Vernon and Fortis are advising people in the affected area of 27th Avenue between 33rd Street and 35th Street to stay inside with windows and doors closed while crews tend to the leak.

City of Vernon Communications Coordinator Tanya Laing Gahr says air conditioned buses have been brought to the site for residents so they can keep safe and comfortable while crews are working.

VFRS Deputy Chief Lawrie Skolrood says the hope the leak will be repaired by 1 p.m. or sooner.

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People are being evacuated after a gas leak was reported in downtown Vernon.

City of Vernon crews are reporting the leak at 27 Avenue and 35 Street.

FortisBC, Vernon Fire - Rescue Services and Emergency Response are onsite. 

Residents in the area are being evacuated as a safety precaution. 

More details to follow.

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