Cairns gas leak: Police revoke emergency exclusion zone, Sheridan St reopens

Major Cairns road has reopened after extensive repairs following a gas leak, with the cause of the incident revealed. SEE THE UPDATE

TUESDAY UPDATE: THE Department of Transport and Main Roads at 9.36pm on Monday confirmed the Captain Cook Hwy at Cairns North had been cleared in all directions.

Motorists were blocked out for about nine hours, from the area around the Grove St intersection following a gas leak caused by earthworks about 12.30pm Monday.

UPDATE 6.20PM: Major Cairns North road and highway was closed following gas leak as the cause is now confirmed.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads (TMR) have taken lead on the investigation and said the gas leak on Captain Cook Highway at the Grove St Intersection was caused by TMR crews who made contact with a gas pipe during works upgrading traffic signals.

“Origin Energy are currently on site carrying out repairs,” a TMR spokesman said.

“The road is due to be reopened later tonight once repairs are complete.”

Drivers are urged to seek alternate routes and avoid the area.

Ergon Energy was called to the scene and was instructed by emergency services to turn off power to the Cairns North, Parramatta Park and Manunda area for their 2500 customers in the interest of public safety.

The outage was in place from 1.30pm until 3.40pm when it was restored to all customers.

While repairs are underway, emergency services have been cleared from the scene as the emergency declaration under the Public Safety Preservation Act (PSPA) which included Grove and Sheridan Streets has been revoked.

“The incident has been resolved safely,” said Queensland police.

A Queensland Fire Services (QFS) spokesman said the gas was isolated before about 3.30pm and Origin Energy provided the location of the leak while Ergon Energy reinstated power to the area.

EARLIER 2.30PM: Traffic has been amused on Sheridan St after police made an emergency declaration under the Public Safety Preservation Act in response to a gas leak.

At around 12.40pm today, an emergency response occurred after a gas main ruptured following earthworks in the area.

As a result, a 100m exclusion zone has been established in the vicinity of Grove and Sheridan Streets.

Occupants within businesses, including motels, in the affected area are urgent to remain indoors.

As well, residents in the nearby area are urged to keep doors and windows closed as the wind carries the gas away.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area.

Many houses and businesses in the area have lost power. Ergon Energy has informed that sections of the network in Cairns have been switched off for public safety.

A Queensland fire and rescue spokesman said there seemed to be two gas leak points, one on the northern side of Sheridan St and the other on the southern end.

“It’s an underground leak,” the spokesman said.

“Origin energy and Ergon have been notified.”

QFS has one crew and supervisor on standby and reported no patients or casualties at this time. QAS are also on standby on the scene.

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yashee.sharma@news.com.au

Originally published as Captain Cook Highway on Sheridan St reopens after repairs as cause of gas leak is confirmed

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