REDMOND, OR -- Redmond Fire crews were kept busy Monday, with two gas line breaks caused by excavation equipment. The first occurred at 8 a.m. near NW 23rd and Hemlock. Cascade Natural Gas quickly contained the leak. However, a few hours later, the same crews were called to a much more serious leak.
The second incident, near SE Deschutes and Franklin, forced the evacuation of several homes and businesses and roads were closed for four hours while the gas company worked to restore service to 30 customers. The area reopened at about 5 p.m.