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Severed Gas Line Leaves Montecito Homes Without Service

Backhoe breaks a gas main at Butterfly Lane and High Road

An estimated 28 homes were left without service Tuesday when a backhoe severed a natural-gas line at Butterfly Lane and High Road.
An estimated 28 homes were left without service Tuesday when a backhoe severed a natural-gas line at Butterfly Lane and High Road.  (Montecito Fire Protection District photo)

By Tom Bolton, Noozhawk Executive Editor | @tombol |

A severed natural-gas line left more than two dozen homes without service Tuesday, according to the Montecito Fire Protection District.

Montecito firefighters responded at about 10:45 a.m. to a report that a backhoe had broken a gas main at Butterfly Lane and High Road, said district spokeswoman Geri Ventura.

Southern California Gas Co. crews were called to the scene, and were able to secure the leak at 12:50 p.m., Ventura said.

An estimated 28 homes were left without service, Ventura said, and a gas company spokesman estimated that gas would be restored to the area sometime after 2:30 p.m..

Intersections that were closed by the gas leak included Butterfly Lane-Oriole Road, Butterfly Lane-Middle Road, and High Road-Middle Road, Ventura said.

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» on 02.26.13 @ 07:51 PM

I walk by here every day. I saw that they had done an underground survey in the area. You know, the “legal graffiti” that they spray paint on the street in multi-colors, and don’t arrest anyone. After all that, a gas line was ruptured digging. Who is accountable? The operator on the County-owned backhoe (yes it had their sticker),or the people who did the underground survey (don’t use the excuse that the line wasn’t installed where the drawing said; that’s what detectors are for).
Also strange is the Caution Tapes and No Trespassing Signs that have been along the adjacent property owner’s “lot line” since about 3 weeks ago. What’s that about? The property owner doesn’t want the County putting the culvert on “private property”?

» on 02.27.13 @ 12:56 PM

Looks like T.J Mexico, do you feel safe now?

Most of these illegals and anchor babies get welfare food stamps and section 8, because of Democrats pandering for their votes while you pay.

Just terrible leadersship.

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