City officials have reported that this morning, at approximately 11 a.m., construction crews hit a high pressure gas line in front of the Rotary Building, 1560 Sherman Ave. The Rotary building has been evacuated and all business in it will be closed for the remainder of the day.
The intersections of Grove Street and Sherman Avenue and Davis Street and Sherman Avenue are closed while NICOR crews work to stop and cap the gas leak. ComEd and Evanston Fire and Life Safety Service crews are working to determine if any other business north of Grove Street are affected.
At 12:30 p.m., the City reported that all businesses on the east side of Sherman Avenue between Grove and Davis Streets have been evacuated near the high pressure gas line leak at the Rotary Building. Some businesses on Sherman Avenue south of Grove Street have also been evacuated.
NICOR is working on capping the leak and Evanston Fire personnel continue to check other businesses in area.
When the leak is contained by Nicor, Evanston Fire personnel will enter business with monitoring equipment to determine when reentry is possible.
Updated at 1:30
The gas leak has been capped. Fire crews will start opening up businesses around the area as gas readings report clear.